Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rocketbook

Teachers are often our best resources for new technology tips! This week's suggestion is Rocketbook, a great low-tech/high-tech combination that might be very useful for you and your students. Shoutout to Angie Kloppmann, 5th grade teacher at Dooley Elementary, for calling this cool tool to our attention.

Rocketbook Everlast is a notebook with special pages. Take notes as you would in any regular notebook, using a Pilot Frixion pen, then scan the page with the Rocketbook app. Your handwritten notes will automatically upload to the pre-selected destination of choice. This TechCrunch article has more information about the notebook's development.

Per the Rocketbook website, the Rocketbook app crops and enhances each page so your digital notes are more crisp and vibrant than the real thing. Symbols at the bottom of each page allow you to send your notes to specific locations in the cloud services you already use. You can see the seven icons faintly in the image below:



In the app, select the destination that each icon will represent. You have lots of choices! Each icon can be assigned to a particular destination, as shown here:




After taking the picture above with my phone's camera, I used the app to scan the page. In under five seconds, the PDF (minus the QR code and the icons at the bottom of the page) showed up in my inbox.

I'm guessing your wheels are already spinning with ways that you could use this in your classroom, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Use the Rocketbook under your document camera to take notes for students. Send to a shared Google folder that your students can access to remind them about what happened in class or catch them up if they were absent.
  • Take notes "the old-fashioned way" at a meeting and email them to yourself or your co-workers. 
  • Print the free Rocketbook PDFs and use the app on your device to send student work directly to the destination of your choice. Note that there are blank, music staff, graph, and lined pages in this folder.

When you've saved your notes, just take a damp cloth and wipe the page clean so you can use it again! (It really works.)

Normally we don't recommend tools that you'll have to pay for, but this one might be worth it. If you decide to try it out, purchase a Rocketbook here. Then install the free Rocketbook app on your smartphone or tablet and start scanning! Let us know how you're using Rocketbook in your classroom!


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  2. Thanks for the shoutout!! I am so happy you guys love this resource!!

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