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The Basics:
Escrapbooking in Teaching and Learning

turtleThere are many ways that e-scrapbooks can become educational scrapbooks.

Use them as teaching tool

As you create your e-scrapbook, consider both the visual aspect and the writing aspect. Some people like to create an area of additional reflection and comments. For example, you might include comments in Word or Speaker Notes in PowerPoint supplement your project. These notes might include memories, citations, additional information.

Educational and Electronic Scrapbooking

E-scrapbooks can contain a range of electronic elements. Don't think of them as just a book with pages. Scrapbooks can be three dimensional including many types of artifacts. However, they may also contain electronic elements such as digital photos and audio recordings. In some cases technology is used as part of the process for creating fancy text using interesting fonts or locating information on the Internet. Sometimes the final product is a mix of computer-generated and hand-made materials. In other cases, the final product is a photograph or scanned version of a product.

One of the advantages of using technology is the flexibility. For example, the screen below shows a student project from Indiana.

Student Project from Indiana
(Indiana student e-diary project based on the Depression. Click visual to enlarge.)

Students used PowerPoint to create a historical fiction diary. Each student developed a character and was required to address specific events, issues, and perspectives of the Depression Era through the use of diary entries. The entries often included news clippings, photographs, editorial cartoons, and other primary source documents.

With PowerPoint it was possible for students to use the Speakernotes to provide background information, answer questions, cite sources, and provide description and depth in addition to the visual area of the scrapbook. The final product included color printouts of the "diary" in addition to a supplement that also included the Speakernotes for each page in black and white. The same approach could be used with a science project tracing each step in an experiment.


Scrapbooking has been popular for a long time. You'll be able to find lots of examples of personal scrapbooks. However it's time to expand your idea of scrapbooking. Consider ways that you can teach and learn with these scrapbooks.

You'll find lots of ideas and resources at the Library of Congress Teacher, Classroom, Professional Development, and Using Primary Resources sections

Explore WebQuests and Lessons with scrapbook products that could be adapted to digital format:


There's a chance you may find a lesson or idea that you can adapt for the e-scrapbooking environment. For example, you may find a traditional lesson that would benefit from the rich learning environment of scrapbook creation. You may also find some resources such as Naturescapes Video & Image Starter Resources where you can use photos and videos.

Here are some great places to seek lessons to adapt:


You may wish to create activities and lessons from scratch. Consider ways that you and your students can explore their understandings through authentic resources and "real world" connections.

You'll start with questioning and exploration. Identify, select, annotate, organize, and evaluate artifacts, information, and ideas. Then, polish, publish and share.

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