How do I use Notebooks?

Notebooks is an online workspace—integrated directly within the Summit Learning platform—where students go to complete their coursework and receive meaningful teacher feedback. Notebooks was designed to help teachers deeply understand their students’ progress, as well as provide targeted instructional support based on each student’s needs. 

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We’ve added a comprehensive set of tools and abilities designed to give teachers and students a more consistent, seamless, and integrated experience. These new tools make it easier for teachers and students to engage in targeted, actionable feedback loops. 

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How do I access Edit History?

  1. Click Tools in the upper right
  2. Select Edit History


  3. Switch to previous versions by clicking the timestamp along the right hand side
  4. See new changes between versions



  5. Click Copy to Clipboard to copy any contents of the Notebook
  6. Click on Current Version in the upper left
  7. You or your student can now paste in any previous work into the Current Version


How do I edit a Notebook?

You may need to edit a Notebook in order to make changes to your curriculum. If you open up a Notebook and only have "Viewing" access (visible in the upper right), please follow these steps. 

To edit a Project/Math Unit Notebook:

  1. Open up a Notebook from the Project Overview page


  2. Click Viewing in the upper right
  3. Select Editing


  4. Click Continue Editing
  5. Click Go to Copied Notebook

Note: if the Notebook is already assigned to students, you will need to unassign and reassign the Checkpoint or Activity in order for students to see the updated content. Learn more about assigning projects


How do I add comments?

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  • Give feedback on... allows you to add a comment on the selected text
  • You can choose which cognitive skill you are giving feedback on, or choose Something else
  • You can Discard or Post a comment
  • After posting, you can Edit or Delete your own comment by clicking the three dots in the upper right of the comment box
  • Comments associated with removed text will appear on the right margin
  • You can respond to another comment to create a comment thread


What tools are available in Notebooks?

Summit Learning Platform Notebooks include tools that can help you and your students create work on the platform. Click into any editable Notebook and you'll find these features in the toolbar:



  • Add header (H1, H2, H3) formatting
  • Bold, underline, and italicize text
  • Add a hyperlink
  • Strikethrough text
  • Change the font style
  • Adjust the font size



  • Apply six different shades of highlight to selected text
  • Remove highlight from a portion of text



  • Left align, center align, right align, and justify
  • Add more or less indent
  • Create an ordered list
  • Create a bulleted list
  • Adjust line spacing



  • An image file
  • A math equation
  • A table: Click on the icon to pre-select table dimensions before inserting the table.
  • A line break
  • A Youtube video 
  • A Bookmark


To print a Notebook:

  1. You can anticipate how your Notebook will print by looking at the page break numbers alongside the border of the page

  2. Click the Print icon in the upper right corner  to print 


  3. Click Print in your browser print window. You can also use this time to change the layout, adjust margins, or download the Notebook as a PDF


Note: If your Notebook preview appears cut off, please try switching the print Layout to Landscape.



How do I use accessibility tools?

Text-to-Speech and Voice Typing tools are built into every Notebook.

To access Text-to-Speech:

  1. Open a student Notebook
  2. Click Tools in the upper right
  3. Select Text-to-Speech
  4. Highlight the text you want to be read aloud
  5. Click the text-to-speech icon to listen to the text


To access Voice Typing:

Please have your School leader submit a help ticket to enable this feature at your school.

  1. Open a student Notebook
  2. Click Tools in the upper right
  3. Select Voice Typing
  4. Place your mose in the desired place on the Notebook
  5. Click the microphone button to begin recording speech



How do I demo a Notebook?

A Demo Notebook allows you to quickly go over a template to your class without showing real student work.

To use your Demo Notebook:

  1. Open up a Notebook from the Project Overview page
  2. Click Viewing in the upper right
  3. Select Demo Notebook


Note: Selecting "Update Demo Notebook" will overwrite any content currently in your Demo Notebook. You can always see previous versions of your Demo Notebook using Edit History. To preserve a running log of Demo templates, please manually copy and paste the content of the template into your Demo Notebook at


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