An artifact that I would have brought in is an example of what I call a webquest. I give an assignment online that directs you to a website and a digital worksheet. I rarely use technology for open inquiry as I prefer to direct students to certain websites that are reputable and align with middle school science standards. I like to call this guided inquiry. Students can form their own understandings at their own pace. I have save a ton of trees this year, but having students turn in assignments online through google forms. Here is a recent example of a webquest assigned for a 7th grade genetics unit.
I think students benefit from these assignments. There are so many great interactive website that really help students understand content in an engaging way.
What puzzles me somewhat is I understand their has been some research done that indicates students possible commit their understandings when pencil meets paper rather than virtual writing.
I want to explore other ways to have students complete digital assignments, but at the same time use a little old school two-column notes and gage its effectiveness.