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This information has been updated for version 2.0.0, released December 2017.
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The Notepad tool provides a vehicle for students to write solutions, sketch diagrams, create graphs and record their mathematical thinking.
Four backgrounds are available: blank paper, grid paper, isometric dot paper and lined paper.
Begin by choosing a background in either a windowed or non-windowed mode.

The French localization of the tool is called "Bloc-Notes" and can be accessed using the switch language button at the top right of the opening dialog.

Take a screenshot of your work to share with your teacher or add to a portfolio.
You can access a wide variety of Annotation tools to communicate your thinking.
You can insert pictures into the Tool using theimportPicture.PNGbutton.

As of v2.0.0, it is possible to save and open files. This feature allows students to save their work and return at a later time to complete it.
It also facilitates sharing of completed work with a peer or teacher. See the sample files provided below.



Create Graphs - on desktop, click to load the file

Create Multiple Representations - on desktop, click to load the file

Sketch 3D objects

NP_Pythagorean Theorem.PNG
Write a solution

Configure Grids

Match a Grid to an Image

Use Multiple Images

Demonstrate your thinking

Granola Bar Problem:

Sky has 3 granola bars to share with her friends. She'd like to give each person 2/3 of a bar.
How many friends can Sky share with?


Sample Work - Grade 5 student:

photo 2Felicity.PNG
photo 4Felicity.PNG
Grade 2/3 Pumpkin Activity
In groups of 4 students weighed and measured pumpkins. They then estimated and counted the number of seeds and filled out a collective table.
The picture was imported into the Notepad to show how students were grouping their seeds by 10s to make counting easier.

After completing the data collection, a screenshot was taken which can then be imported into the Notepad.
This is an example of a graph that could be created by intermediate students based on data collected by previous 2/3 class.
Dividing Fractions Using a Number Line
This video developed by Dave Petro and Gisele Jobin from Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board.
Thanks for sharing!


Sample Files: (for v2.0.0 and beyond)

The following sample files are supplied.
Click the link on desktop or alternatively,
use the www_button.PNGOpen WWW button in the Settings dialog and the URL supplied below, or
download the file (right-click and save locally on desktop) and use the open_button.PNGOpen button in the tool.
More details about File Operations.

(click on the link on Desktop)

(type or copy into Open WWW text box, or
right-click and save locally)
Double Decimal Number Line
Relay Race
Linear Expressions
Pythagorean Triples
Multiple Representations
Student Colour Graphing

Click on each image below to open the generating Notepad file in a new window (desktop only).
Double Decimal Number Line: Use unlabelled number lines with text labels to represent decimals.


Relay Race: Lori is putting together a relay team to run a race.
She will complete 1/2 of the run. Her friend, Zach will complete 1/10 of the run.
If she asks some of her friends to run part of the run, what fraction of the run will each friend need to run?
Use a number line to represent the race and the different distances that were run.
Justify your thinking. (Fractions Learning Pathways Cell OP-D)

Fraction Race Part 1.PNG

Adjust the number of divisions to think about different ways to partition the number line.

Fraction Race Part 2.PNG

Linear Expressions: Adjust the initial value and/or the interval size to explore various linear expressions.
What does this composition of functions tell you about order of operations?


Graphing: Use number lines to quickly create axes.


Plot points and extrapolate


Pythagorean Triples: Use the annotation rulers to determine the length of the hypotenuse in terms of grid squares.
In this file, you may need to adjust the window size so that the ruler exactly matches the grid background as in this image.

Pythagorean Triples.PNG


Features of the Tool:



Adjust the background type (grid, blank, isometric or lined) and colour.
Customize the various backgrounds including line/dot thickness and colour,
number of rows and columns and windowed vs non-windowed options.
Save and open files. More details. See the sample files provided above.


Access a link to this wiki, a feedback form as well as copyright details and version number.
Button_EN.png Button_FR.png


Switch between English and French.


Delete all your work and return the tool to its starting state.

Insert Image Button

Insert images into the tool. More details. See an example of importing a Geoboard image.

Layering Button

Swap the background and image layers.

Annotation Panel

Use elements of this panel to draw, write and type.
The wide variety of Annotation Tools can be used to communicate your thinking.
Several new drawing objects have been added as of Fall 2017.

Copy Button

Available when an image is selected or some annotation is selected for editing.

How - To Videos

Videos are provided in two formats to allow for use on a greater variety of browsers and devices.
Exploring the Basic Functionality

Video Script

Not working? Try mp4 format

Note: The annotation video referred to in the above "How to" video has been delayed. Also, there have been significant improvements made to the annotation tools since the video was produced.

PDF Supports

mathies Notepad Learning Tool Tip Sheet
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