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    • hello, I am working in a technical institute as a mechanical engineering instructor. I have been tasked for next semester to standardize the capstone course. One of the points we are looking into is log books usage during the course. I wanted to ask your opinion regarding electronic logbooks. Also services such as trello, that allow you to attach your thoughts and work to tasks while you are doing your work. It is essentially a Kanban board that allows collaboration, communication, project management data collection. Our projects include a minimum of 3 stakeholders working on the project at any one time. The project management part of me, lists the log book need as below: a. Organize your thinking via writing so that you get better results with less effort. b. Capture all important project info so that you can share and reuse this info in the future. c. Use the logbook to track your goal attainment and to share with others what you are doing. The use of an electronic kanban board (in this case we are using Trello.com as the service to make the kanban board electronic), shared between all project stakeholders effectively and efficiently full fills the above three points, and allow for intimate, engaged focus on the project tasks, while being transparent, and clear with communication. Trello allows the team and stakeholders to upload all their handwritten notes, scribbles, and any other relevant work to the specific tasks, comment on it, and hence effectively react to the feedback as the project is worked on. All this is done in a transparent manner, where all the stake holders have access to the board on all their mobile devices, PC, desktops (you name it). Instead of a "logbook" check, the broad is checked assessment checklists every two weeks, in a "mini-progress report" style meeting. Other than personal reflections, what can the paper log book do that the Trello Kanban board not do?