Educator Resources

Paper Circuitry: Using simple materials like copper tape, surface mount LEDs and batteries, you can light up your notebook to literally highlight your personal light bulb moments. Explore basic scientific concepts like conductivity, current flow, simple circuit design, and mechanical switches while making your notebook come alive with beautiful electronics. 

Introduction to copper tape uses: Work with copper tape for making paper electronics.  Demo video on folding copper tape.

Simple circuit sticker tutorial: Turn on a single LED light. 

Parallel circuit sticker tutorial: Turn on multiple LEDs with a single battery. Demo video.

DYI Switch tutorial: Add a switch to control your lights.

Blinking light switch: Combine multiple switches together to create blinking effects.

Pressure sensor: Make your lights fade in and out.

Effect stickers:  Make your LEDs shine different patterns (blink, fade, pulse, and twinkle).

Light sensor: Control the brightness of your LEDs.

Program Your Page: Add more control and features to your notebook by adding microcontrollers like the ATTiny85 to your paper circuitry. Make your LEDs blink in different patterns. Have them react to a light sensor. Demo video.

Resources: Print material and digital resources.

21st Century Notebooking Google+ Community: An online space to share projects, troubleshoot, reflect on practice, and think together about STEAM-powered learning.    

Download your storybook template here.

Letters to the Next President 2.0


PDFs to Download

Paper Circuitry Template 

Paper Circuitry Notebook Template

Program Your Pages Template

Letters to the Next President 2.0



Word circuitry: Turn words into circuitry.

Paper helicopter: With glowing wings

Paper gift box:  Circuit sticker that lights up when closed and turns off when opened.

More projects: Scroll down to the bottom of the page.


Mini-Educator Guides

Our Hack Your Notebook series of mini-educator guides provide a pocket-sized overview of how notebook hacking fits into larger discussions of education policy, standards-aligned class projects as well as introductory activities. Created for educators in professional development settings, these booklets offer unique hands-on explorations in creative learning.

Developed with support from Educator Innovator, powered by the National Writing Project.

Future installments:

  • Amplify Your Ideas: Working with Sound
  • Engineering Your Materials: Working with Pop-Up
  • Remix Your Projects: Working with Transmedia