Digital Notebook Template

Graphic that says "Digital Notebook Template" at the top with 4 images below. One is a notebook cover with tabs, the next is a notebook page with colored sections, the next is a notebook divider, and the last is a notebook page similar to the second.

Blue notebook cover with colored tabs that read period 1, period 3, period 4, up to period 10.

When a colleague asked the best way to create a digital notebook, my answer was Google Slides of course! But then my wheels started turning, especially because I am in the middle of Tony Vincent’s Classy Graphics course and I am learning so many amazing ways to design graphics for use in educational settings. It’s so much fun to think of all the ways this digital organizer could be used and modified by students and teachers, especially since Google Slides is a common format that lots of students already know how to manipulate.

Get your copy of the template here!

Once you have a copy of the digital notebook template, save it as your original and make more copies as needed. You can label the cover and tabs any way you wish and each tab is hyperlinked to the corresponding color divider! If used as a student notebook, the tabs can be labeled for each course or class period. If used for one subject, students can organize their notes by unit of study. If used as a teacher planner, label with class periods or subjects! This can also be customized for use by instructional coaches to keep notes in PLCs or coaching cycles!

Use the dividers to organize your sections visually. Add a text box to create a “table of contents” for the pages that follow and link your course text or other yearlong resources for efficient access. All dividers have a 🔙 To Cover button so you can easily navigate back to the “main menu”.

Once you’ve personalized the labels and dividers for your needs duplicate the notebook pages to use as needed! Students may want to use this as a digital note-taking tool or as a repository for course resources. Teachers can use this as a lesson and resource planner! The beauty of using Google Slides is that all text, images, and videos inserted to the pages can be hyperlinked to additional resources, other slide decks, or the course text so it puts everything in one place!

I love to play with Google Slides and this template pushed my design skills but I love a challenge and learning new things as I go! Please feel free to make a copy of this template and modify it in any way that will make it useful for you! I believe in a community of sharing and I would love to see what ideas you come up with!

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    1. I make the tabs by going to Insert>Shape, then draw, color, and move the shape where I want it. To make it link to another slide, click CTRL+K and select ‘Slides in this Presentation’ and choose which number slide.

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    1. To make the notebook cover, I:
      1) Made the design on a slide with a transparent background
      2) Clicked File>Download as>PNG
      3) Made a new slide and selected Background>Use Image and selected the image of the cover.

      I do this so that students won’t move around all the elements of the notebook cover but here is my original. Feel free to File>Make a Copy so you can change it. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1EAGVi35Bz5THjFi0jJ5dJIK02moaRsnY6Irv4h8onCk/edit?usp=sharing

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      1. Thank you so much! I love this digital notebook template!! I appreciate you!!

        I have one more questions. How do you lock so students cannot move? I am putting cloze notes in the notebook but I do not want them to move it around but still be able to type.

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      2. Thank you for your feedback! To make things unmovable by students, set the slide up the way you want, then go to File>Download As>PNG. Create a new slide and go to Background>Use Image and select the PNG you just downloaded. now that whole image will not be editable to anyone else. But you can still put text boxes and other things on top of it if you want students to write in it.

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  1. Laura, once again you have demonstrated why you are a TECH ROCKSTAR! What a phenomenal creation. Such a fabulous tool, especially for SpecEd students. Thank you for sharing, my dear friend!

    John O

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