What Goes in an eBinder?
eBinders can be organized many ways, but the basic structure includes:
An eBinder Home Page where a student can set the purpose, description, and goals of the eBinder. This is where the student can customize their own binder and make it personal.
Unit Pages include the essential questions for that unit, a space for resources, and a unit learning blog for students to reflect on their learning throughout the unit.
Task Pages include individual tasks that students complete within the unit. This is where students can embed notes, handouts, and resources and then reflect on their learning.
Learning Artifacts are student-created products in which students capture their learning that happened in class and revise it in order to add the metacognitive hooks that support deeper understanding and recall of information.
eBinders and Interactive Notebooks
When Mary Catherine Swanson introduced AVID in 1980, she knew students would need to be able to organize their learning materials to be successful in rigorous classes. The AVID binder has become a cornerstone of the AVID college and career readiness system. Just like physical AVID binders, an AVID eBinder is a place for students to collect work, reflect on the learning process, and then recollect their learning for the purpose of sharing or studying. In addition, eBinders provide a structure for meeting the demands of students' future learning and career needs.
Interactive notebooks are organizational and learning tools for students that provide a structure for organizing classroom content information and processing information. These are usually implemented in content areas to provide students with an efficient learning structure that helps them organize and archive their learning through creative means. Interactive notebooks then become part of the student's AVID eBinder.