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Light-Up Notebooks: Use LED Light Stickers to Illuminate Student Learning and Imagination

By: Paul Oh
Publication: School Library Journal
Date: April 2015

Summary: "Hack Your Notebook," a joint project of the National Writing Project and experimental art organization NEXMAP, applies the principles of Connected Learning, using paper circuitry, to bring creativity and grit back to the notebook.

 

Notebook hacking engenders persistence, or what these days has popularly been called 'grit.' Without fail, at an event or professional development session, if someone hasn't quite completed their circuit or resulting creation in the allotted time, they stay to finish. Never mind that the next session may be about to begin. They want to realize their vision.

As with writing, paper circuitry invariably involves failed attempts that lead to new iterations based on greater understanding of what might work—prototyping and revision. This, in turn, leads to shout-outloud, 'I did it!' moments."

About the Author

PAUL OH is the Director of Community Engagement at the Teaching Channel.

Oh, Paul. "Light-Up Notebooks: Use LED Light Stickers to Illuminate Student Learning and Imagination." School Library Journal April 2015, 46-47. Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal © Copyright Library Journals, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source Inc.

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