NEXMAP's Education program is

Hacking Notebooks

Creative confidence, problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration are essential skills for the 21st

century. NEXMAP’s education program, Inside/Out (I/O), is focusing on a transformative program called 21st

Century Notebooking – a  hands-on STEM and STEAM learning initative that combines electronics with

journals and sketchbooks, turning the traditional notebook into a tool for prototyping.

21ST CENTURY NOTEBOOKING 2014 * STEAM-learning Professional Development with San Francisco Unified educators * National Writing Project Annual 2013 Meeting, Boston, MA * 350 YOUTH * Educator Innovator: Hangouts on Air with Jie Qi, lead educators from NWP Network * Prototyping with the ATtiny85 – Workshop with CA Writing Project Lead Teachers, Berkeley, CA * Public Talk @ SWISSNEX, San Francisco * Sessions @ MacArthur Foundation’s DML2014, Boston, MA * 300 EDUCATORS * Teacher Training with Everett Public Schools, 1st K-12 STEM district in WA State * Pre-service Teacher Professional Development, San Francisco State, Science & Art instructors * WEBINARS * JFK University Museum Studies Workshop, Berkeley, CA * San Jose Public Library Maker Night * Mountain View Public Library STEAM-Learning Day * PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS * The Tech Museum San Jose, Hack Your Notebook for Parents and Families * NWP’s NSF Intersection Grant, Cohort #2: Science Education and Literacy: ASTC Science Centers & their local Writing Project sites * Denver Writing Project’s Tech Matters Workshop * MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES * Hack Your Notebook Day, 7/9/14 with Educator Innovator, National Writing Project, Mozilla Foundation * Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Training: Hack Your Notebook @ the French American School, San Francisco * SUMMER CAMP * San Francisco Public Library Paper Circuitry Workshop * Session for The Digital Shift: Libraries at the Center, online conference * Edcamp Bay Area * SCHOOLS * – webinar on Paper Circuitry and the ATtiny85 with Howard Rheingold * Oregon Writing Project, U of O, Presentation on 21st Century Notebooking in Second Life *

Featured Upcoming Events

“All caps no space”

world premiere

by Linda Bouchard 

in collaboration with Addleds

February 07, 2015



Center for New Music

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members

Available at the door only

More details soon!


Rechargeable Battery Notebook Hack - Prototype

When we first met with Jie, she showed us her remarkable powered sketchbook, which she created by disassembling a Moleskine notebook, hollowing out the back cover to embed a rechargeable battery she repurposed from a cell phone charging case and then running power leads onto each page. Natalie also used this approach to power her wifi-connected notebook.

Both of these hacks seemed far too sophisticated for me to attempt myself when I first saw them, but now I have a lot more paper circuitry projects under my belt. My notebook finally filled up and I needed to move into a new one, so I figured it was time to see if I could up my hacking game and create my own version of Jie’s and Natalie’s power hack.

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