Simply put DINO stands for Digital Interactive Notebook in OneNote. There are lots of interactive notebook options available to teachers today. And, what really pleases me is that more and more teachers are exploring these options. They are a great alternative to pencil and paper notebooks…when grading time comes, they are a whole lot lighter too!
Some folks like to use a wiki, which is nice for written content and attaching files to but can be cumbersome when formatting and sharing plus the learning curve for students can be steep, especially for younger kiddos. Similar issues hold true for other types of sites, such as Google Sites. I used Sites for years with both my middle and high school students. However, both my students and I found that they can be very limiting, especially in the formatting and file management areas. My other frustration with Sites was that it seemed that the interface and the server settings were continually changing, necessitating time consuming re-learning for the students and re-creation of instructional materials like screencasts and screenshots on my end.
There are also some companies, notably TCI, that have a dedicated digital interactive notebook. Some of these are quite good, and are specifically designed around their content. The downside is that they are not free, and should your district have it, the next one you work at may not. Personally I love TCI / History Alive and use their material all of the time, but I have adapted it to work in DINO.
I believe that using OneNote is the most flexible and intuitive way to create a digital interactive notebook. As you will see in future posts adding content, any content, is as simple as dragging and dropping, commenting on student work can be done at any point on the page (not just in a comment box at the bottom of the page), sharing is as easy as entering an email address, and should your school have tablets students can use the powerful OCR to write and illustrate anything – lab reports and math problems come to mind, but why not art projects and shop class designs?
These are but a few examples of what can be done, and will be shown here in the future. So keep checking in, or like this site and you’ll be notified automatically. Please pass this along to anyone you know of who might be interested creating a digital interactive notebook, they’ll thank you later!
Have a great day,