Record your ideas and observations

Science Journal gives you the capability to record your ideas and observations through text notes, photos, and sensor recordings. It enables you to explore your world by using internal and external sensors from your own device. You do this by using the observation tool in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen after creating a new experiment.

Toolbar

In the Toolbar you’ll find the observation tools: Text Note , Sensor , Camera , and Photo Gallery .

Text Note tab

Use this to record observations, hypotheses, and comments.

Add text notes

  1. Tap the Text Note  tab.
  2. Write your hypothesis, observation, or comment.
  3. When you’re done, tap Send .
  4. Find your observation in the experiment feed.

 Sensor tab

Construct different ways to measure your experiments and observations. 

Use the sensors of your phone

  1. Tap the Sensor  tab .
  2. Select a sensor. Once you’ve selected a sensor, you will see the measurements that the phone is making in real-time.
Tip: Swipe the toolbar up or down for a better view.

Measure with multiple sensors at the same time

  1. Tap the Sensor  tab.
  2. Select a sensor. 
  3. Swipe up from the toolbar.
  4. Add another sensor by tapping the Plus button  below the opened Sensor card.

Take snapshots

A snapshot is a sensor measurement from a single moment in time.

  1. Once you have selected the sensor, tap Snapshot  at the bottom left.
  2. Find the snapshot in the experiment feed.

Create recordings

A recording will contain the data (sensor measurements, notes, observations) you make during your experiment over a period of time.

  1. Once you’ve selected the sensors you want to record, press Record  at the bottom to start capturing data.
  2. You can add snapshots, notes and photos to keep track of your observations while recording.
  3. Press Record  again to stop recording. 
  4. Your recording will appear in your experiment feed. 
  5. Tap the recording to see what data you’ve collected.

Understanding recordings

There are different options to add data to your findings both while you are recording and after your recordings have been created. 

While you are recording

  1. Add text notes
    1. Tap the Text Note  tab.
    2. Write an observation, description or comment.
    3. When you’re done, tap Send .
    4. Find your observation in the recording card.
    5. Once you’re in the recording card, edit your text note by tapping More  at the top right corner of the text note card.
    6. Edit text note.
    7. When you’re done, tap Back .
  2. Take snapshots
    1. Tap Snapshot  at the bottom left corner of the observation drawer.
    2. The snapshot will be added to the experiment feed.
    3. Once you’re in the recording card, add a description to the snapshot by tapping Text Note  at the top right corner of the snapshot card.
    4. Tap Add a description.
    5. When you’re done, tap Check  at the right and tap Back .
  3. Take a photo
    1. Tap the Camera  tab. 
    2. For a full-screen camera view, tap Full-screen  at the top right.
    3. To flip the camera, tap Switch Camera  at the top left.
    4. Take a photo by tapping the Camera button  at the bottom.
    5. Your photo will be added to the experiment feed.
  4. Add an existing photo
    1. Tap the Photo Gallery  tab.
    2. Select the photo you want to add.
    3. Tap Send  at the bottom.
    4. Find the photo in the recording card.
    5. Once you’re in the recording card, add a description to the photo by tapping More  at the top right corner of the photo card.
    6. Tap Add a description.
    7. When you’re done, tap Check  at the right and tap Back .
Note: To stop recording, go back to the Sensor  tab and tap Record  again.

Once the recording has been created

  1. Rename your recording
    1. Tap Edit .
    2. Rename your recording.
    3. Tap OK.
  2. Crop your recording to discard unwanted material
    1. Tap More  at the top right of your screen.
    2. Tap Crop.
    3. Slide the edges into the correct position.
    4. When you’re done, tap Check  at the top right.
  3. Add Note to timeline
    1. Add a description and assign it to a specific time in the recording.
      1. Tap Add note to timeline.
      2. Add description.
      3. Assign it to a specific time in the recording by tapping the Clock .
      4. Move the blue dot on the timeline at the bottom of the recording card to the desired time.
      5. When you’re done, tap Check  at the bottom right.
      6. Tap Save.
    2. Take a photo and assign it to a specific time.
      1. Tap Add note to timeline.
      2. Tap Camera .
      3. Take the photo you want to add.
      4. Tap Send  at the bottom.
      5. Add description.
      6. Assign it to a specific time in the recording by tapping the Clock .
      7. Move the blue dot on the timeline at the bottom of the recording card to the desired time.
      8. When you’re done, tap Check  at the bottom right.
      9. Tap Save
Note: To delete cards in the recording feed, tap More  at the top right corner of your card and tap Delete.

 Camera tab

Take live photos to document your experiments.

Take photos

  1. Tap the Camera  tab. 
  2. For a full-screen camera view, tap Full-screen  at the top right.
  3. To flip the camera, tap Switch Camera  at the top left.
  4. Take a photo by tapping the Camera button  at the bottom.
  5. Find your photo in the experiment feed.

Photo Gallery tab

Access existing photos from your device.

Add photos from your gallery

  1. Tap the Photo Gallery  tab.
  2. Select the photo you want to add.
  3. Tap Send  at the bottom.
  4. Find the photo in the experiment feed.
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