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I just wrote a blog post this morning about not using pencil and paper to take math notes. Instead the students I teach are taking notes on the pages of their online textbook. Read the post at: http://mrcarr.edublogs.org/ . Please comment and/or ask questions.

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I like the idea of notes on the text. If I read your post correctly, you also guide them to write down specific things, which I think many teachers forget to do: teach them how to take notes.
It is important to have the student feel comfortable with their notes. Especially when they are with a teacher that is advocating not writing down the examples. It is very different than students are used to in their past math classes. The majority of students' "notes" in a math class is copying the examples the teacher is demonstrating, working through, or solving. I hope this experiment I'm having my students try will work to their advantage.
Very interesting blog about notetaking. We (inclusion class) are not fortunate to have the technology; however, I am taking some of your ideas about notetaking. The students complete a problem, and the solutions are discussed together. They are encouraged and shown how to take notes that can be used in studying and solving problems on their own. We find the students are attending better to the lessons. We have a floating whiteboard...maybe I should get it. Do you display the online text on the whiteboard or do the student have individual laptops?
I display the PowerPoint examples from the text on a projection screen using a mounted projector. My classroom does not have an interactive whiteboard. The students can follow along with those examples on the screen or with their online book. My classroom is a computer lab. I teach my Algebra classes in there. Each student has a desktop computer to access the web. I would think that having a classroom with laptops would work in the same way.
This fall, I will have two Alg 1 classes. The students will each have a computer. We will be using an online textbook. Right now I am recommending that students use MS OneNote or (if they are using MAC) MS Word in Notebook mode. The online text has a note taking capability but I don't know if it is as versatile as the other apps. Let you know how it works. One of my first lessons is an intro to Math Expressions using ASCII and the newer Latex. I will be using Ask Dr. Math on mathforum.com to show how to email a math problem.
I'd love to hear how using OneNote or Word works. I'd also like to get some info from you about the lesson you gave on Math expressions.

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