Online Consensus Notebook

This page is a place to contribute and refer to the Online Consensus Notebook. (You have to be logged in to your school email to see it!)

Look through the table of contents for your class, and find sections where you might contribute your ideas. You can contribute to any section, but the most productive contributions will probably be on our most recent material.

Some of the best contributions include photos from class whiteboards. Look through the Class Photos page to find examples that help you support your argument, then paste the photo with a short description.

Section A        Section B         Section C        Section D        Section E

Your main homework assignment each night is to reflect on the work we’ve done by adding to the online Consensus Notebook AND looking through the contributions others have made to add to your OWN copy of the notebook. You CAN use your own copy for tests and quizzes, but you CAN’T use the online copy, so it’s crucial that you go through and find things that you’ll find useful later on!

When contributing to the online Consensus Notebook, pay attention to the following guidelines. REMEMBER - this can be a conversation, just like we have in class - try using the "Comment" feature to have a discussion about what's been written.

YOU ARE encouraged to:

• Contribute ideas in multiple sections, even if you're not completely positive that they're useful.

• Check over other students' contributions, and leave a comment if you think something is especially or useful or problematic.

• Copy photos of whiteboards from the Class Photos page, and paste them into a Google Doc. SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS!!

• Look at the "last modified" column in the Google Doc folder, to check where others have contributed (and respond).

• Respond directly to questions or comments that your teacher has made in purple.

• Make connections between the questions and situations we've looked at in class and situations we've never discussed.

YOU ARE NOT encouraged to:

• Erase other people's suggestions, even if you disagree. Instead, make a comment with an argument WHY you disagree.

• Write just one short sentence, to get the assignment over with.

• Make comments about situations in physics that are completely unrelated to the work we're doing in class.


Photos of work can be a nice way of including diagrams or examples that would be difficult to type out by hand. But any time you include a picture, you should also include a short description of why you think the picture is helpful!

Option 1: (Works best in the CHROME browser) To copy a whiteboard photo into Google Docs, first find it on the Whiteboard All-Stars hold down the "Control" key and click on the picture (or right-click on some computers), then select "Copy Image". Then, go to the Google Doc and press Command-V to paste the picture wherever you want it to be.

NOTE: If you're not using Chrome, the picture may end up stretched in the wrong shape when you paste it. You can adjust the size to make it correct by dragging the corner of the image.

Option 2: To take a photo of something you've written by hand (on a practice sheet, for example), go the the "Insert" menu in Google Docs, select "Image", then select "Take a snapshot". You may have to give Google Docs permission to use the camera on your computer, but then you can just take a picture.

NOTE: If you do this, make sure your photo and your work are clearly legible!