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OneNote in Education - All your notes on all your devices


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Microsoft OneNote is the essential tool every teacher needs. Flexible and easy-to-use, OneNote allows lesson plans, marking, assessment, peer feedback and collective work to be stored in one convenient central location. Interactive content can be accessed by students allowing for visible and trackable collaboration, including peer and self-assessment. With OneNote Class Notebooks, teachers have differentiated instruction, content delivery, and a collaborative digital space allowing students the freedom to learn and develop in a way that suits their needs, and this notebook that won’t get lost in the office or soaked in the washing machine. The potential of Microsoft’s OneNote to improve the quality of teaching and learning is limitless

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OneNote in Education - All your notes on all your devices

  1. 1. 1education OneNote in education education All your notes on all your devices OneNote in Education
  2. 2. 2education OneNote in education Contents Chapter 1: What is OneNote? Finding OneNote Why OneNote Beneath the surface How will you transform your teaching Chapter 2: Collaboration in the classroom OneNote Class Notebook The individual space Collaboration space Content Library Chapter 3: OneNote for collective learning Modelling creativity Project based learning Collective annotation Collective exam responses Chapter 4: Assessment for learning Live images to model progress Annotating to assess learning Diverting the learning route Assessing the progress of home learning and project work Chapter 5: OneNote for peer assessment Chapter 6: Independent learning Chapter 7: OneNote for providing invaluable feedback Audio feedback Live teacher feedback as “coach” Tags toolkit Monitoring feedback Chapter 8: OneNote for the teacher and administrator – OneNote staff notebook OneNote for one of a kind organisation The OneNote workload Class Notebook inspires a staff notebook! OneNote staff notebook The individual, private space The collaboration space The content library 18 20 23 24 24 25 25 26 27 27 28 28 28 29 29 3 4 5 5 5 6 7 8 8 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 16 17
  3. 3. 3education OneNote in education What is OneNote? Chapter 1
  4. 4. 4education OneNote in education Microsoft OneNote is the essential tool every teacher needs. Flexible and easy-to-use, OneNote allows lesson plans, marking, assessment, peer feedback and collective work to be stored in one convenient central location. Interactive content can be accessed by students allowing for visible and trackable collaboration, including peer and self-assessment. With OneNote Class Notebooks, teachers have differentiated instruction, content delivery, and a collaborative digital space allowing students the freedom to learn and develop in a way that suits their needs, and this notebook that won’t get lost in the office or soaked in the washing machine. The potential of Microsoft’s OneNote to improve the quality of teaching and learning is limitless. Finding OneNote As relationships go, my commitment to technology was initially questionable. Put off by intimidating instructions and time consuming tools, I had avoided trying new software as if it carried the plague. Forever taxiing books between school and home, the boot of my car resembled an overfilled and unreliable office with books and paper everywhere. Microsoft’s OneNote was the digital organiser I needed to get the volumes of work I received every day in order. OneNote was initially recommended to me by a colleague who pledged, “it’s all I need to survive my week”, describing how it saved him time and improved his teaching practice. I was doubtful. Despite my apprehension, he assured me that it would be quick and easy to set up and so I stepped out of my comfort zone and dived into the realm of digital learning. Swallowing my pride and learning never to doubt a science teacher again, I found myself instantly settled in the OneNote environment. Navigating myself through my notebook, I created a variety of pages to organise my every need, from shopping lists to A2 annotations of exam specifications it was all there. Only when I began questioning what else I could do using OneNote did my colleague point me towards the tool’s interactive guides which can be found at: WHATISONENOTE? ‘The potential of Microsoft’s OneNote to improve the quality of teaching and learning is limitless.’ TAKE A CLOSER LOOK ONENOTEINEDUCATION.COM
  5. 5. 5education OneNote in education Why OneNote? OneNote is not only ideal for organising my workload into clearly identifiable and manageable sections, but it enables me to sustain control over my career whilst maintaining a work life balance. OneNote is not only a tool for the professional but for the individual behind the staff badge as well. OneNote is convenient and fits into your schedule. Once a slave to my marking I can now access students’ work at times that suit me – regardless of whether I am connected to the internet. Marking on OneNote is as easy as making changes on a word document, however all students have instant access to the document throughout the process. If marking during a commute, I know that once I fall back under the umbrella of Wi-Fi my editions will automatically sync keeping my notebooks and my students up to date. Through staff room conversations and break duty chats with other teachers I began to grasp the magnitude of ways that OneNote can be used in education. I had originally used it as a support mechanism for providing my students with feedback whilst promoting collective learning outside of the classroom, independent of the teacher. However this was only the tip of the iceberg. OneNote ceased to become just a support mechanism for my students learning, and became an active and engaging feature of how I taught. Beneath the surface of OneNote OneNote rapidly became an integral part of my assessment for learning by becoming the digital space I use to monitor my students’ progress. Throughout lessons our learning journey is stored on OneNote, allowing students to reflect and evaluate on their work and the work of others. The focus of learning shifts from simply finding the correct answer to developing the strong understanding of how we got there enhancing deep learning. Using OneNote, I am able to change the shape of my lessons to cater for students’ individual needs. Within a notebook I can store a bank of resources appropriate for all learners in the group. Differentiation has never felt so instant and yet so personal with even the shyest of students growing in confidence as they immerse themselves in the bank of resources in our shared learning space, anonymously selecting the content that is right for them. How will you transform your teaching? This eBook will present to you a series of effective ways that OneNote can have a positive and direct impact on your teaching. Every teacher is different and OneNote gives you the freedom to be who you are in a creative and innovative way that reflects your individual teaching style. I am always inspired and astounded by the way that other educators have interpreted this free tool and put it to work in their lessons, and I continue to witness new and exciting ideas. Most importantly though, it is the positive impact on the students’ that is truly remarkable. Student engagement, enjoyment and interaction has never been stronger in my lessons and OneNote has played a vital part in these improvements. OneNote is the tool for an educator. It is the means to our collective journey in education and in the words of Ari Schorr, “All for one and OneNote for all!” ACCESS STUDENTS WORK AT A TIME THAT SUITS YOU WHATISONENOTE?
  6. 6. 6education OneNote in education Collaboration in the classroom Chapter 2
  7. 7. 7education OneNote in education OneNote Class Notebook OneNote Class Notebook is the digital space that every teacher needs for their students to help move away from paper handouts to something more secure and reliable. The combination of the individual space, content library and collaboration space areas enable me to use OneNote to help both my own and my students’ organisation and learning as outlined in this eBook, but this time on a much larger scale with correct permissions in place to foster collaboration. The process of setting up is quick and simple. The three areas are easily manageable and provide students with the opportunity to access information, develop work collectively and enjoy working in their own personal section, all within one powerful notebook! I can easily distribute work and monitor pupil progress with all of my classes, but my students benefit from using this too. OneNote Class Notebook organises and structures students work, engages students in the process of both independent and collaborative learning, through a modern digital process. OneNote Class Notebook is organised into three easy to use spaces outline here. The individual space This is the area in which students complete their personal tasks and assignments. Each student is entirely responsible for their own individual space (along with the teacher), encouraging students to take ownership and pride over their own progress and notes whilst increasing levels of engagement. The individual space promotes creativity within its flexible layout giving students the freedom to include information from various mediums including text, screenshots, photos and even audio recordings. The individual space can be accessed and edited by teachers, allowing me to mark and provide feedback directly onto the students work. Helpfully, each contribution from the students and myself is name and time logged, allowing me to monitor the progress and effort of my students. Some teachers even say that it is like a “window into their students’ brains”! COLLABORATIONINTHECLASSROOM ‘OneNote Class Notebooks have a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities.’ 1 THE INDIVIDUAL SPACE ENCOURAGES PRIDE AND OWNERSHIP OVER THEIR OWN PROGRESS
  8. 8. 8education OneNote in education Collaboration space This area, unlike the individual space is an area that is opened and accessible to all students within the class. Group tasks and collaborative learning can take place here and can be accessed by students at anytime and anywhere. Students can pose questions to their peers in this area and I, as the teacher can monitor who is contributing answers and responses to group activities. Group tasks and peer assessment are no longer restricted to a teacher’s contact time. With an internet connection and access to OneNote (even from a mobile phone), students’ group work can be completed with ease whilst the valuable skill of peer assessment can be practiced at home and refined in the classroom. By the time I arrive at a lesson I already know how my students group work is progressing allowing more of my time to be spent helping to improve their work, rather than identifying the strengths and weaknesses. Likewise as a student arrives at the lesson they will already know what areas they must improve from the real-time feedback that I have given in their collaboration space. This enables students to focus on a lesson before it even begins, arriving with pre-determined questions and queries for how to improve their work. Content library The content library is a space that students can access but not edit or contribute to. It is essentially the information hub of the class. The classroom teacher will contribute resources, home learning tasks and information such as past papers and mark schemes that the students can use. This is a highly beneficial area for assignment based activities, where specifications, examples of previous students work and frameworks for lesson plans can all be stored to help students progress. The key to this space is that it is the teacher’s area. They choose what is shown, what is accessed and by whom. OneNote Class Notebook offers the student and the educator unrivalled organisation and structure to their work and assignments. With students being able to access to their work and resources being available at anytime from anywhere, I have seen the quality and standard of submissions increase dramatically. The fact that I can monitor the students’ progress in individual and group tasks more easily and regularly allows the level and quality and of my own feedback to improve. OneNote Class Notebook promotes collaborative learning in a modern and engaging way and allows students to feel empowered by the responsibility and independence of their learning. The benefits of OneNote Class Notebook can also be enjoyed by educators and administrators in schools through OneNote Staff Notebook. Please see chapter 8 for more details. For more information and to create a Class Notebook see: And OneNote interactive guides are available at: COLLABORATIONINTHECLASSROOM ‘By the time I arrive at a lesson I already know how my students group work is progressing.’ TAKE A CLOSER LOOK ONENOTE.COM/CLASSNOTEBOOK TAKE A CLOSER LOOK ONENOTEFORTEACHERS.COM 32
  9. 9. 9education OneNote in education OneNote for collective learning OneNote enhances students’ opportunities to participate in collective learning. It is the digital notebook that allows students to actively contribute their ideas into a shared learning environment, both whilst inside the classroom and at home. For me, using OneNote in this way provides several clear strengths, lets find out more... Chapter 3
  10. 10. 10education OneNote in education The strengths of collective learning on OneNote: • It does not require using a OneNote Class Notebook with Office 365 and can therefore be created without any prior setup. • Students can contribute during and outside of lessons. • Enables the teacher or students to effectively model their work live. • Supports students with low-level literacy skills by allowing for a variety of differentiated roles enabling them to contribute in ways suitable to their skills. • Learning is stored online and is accessible to all students at all times! • Allows the teacher to easily refer to previous work in future lessons to help consolidate learning gains. …but how can I use OneNote to enable collective learning? Modelling creativity Modelling is an integral part of all students’ learning, but modelling does not need to come solely from the teacher or the textbook. How to do it: For a quick and effective set up: Create a notebook for your class. Set up a task on a page. Email your students a link. First, as a personal recommendation, I suggest including an additional page with a mark scheme or level descriptors, to enable your students’ work to be informed by their targets. You might also decide to model a response to give your students an understanding of the expectation/ requirements of the task. This could include a variety of levelled responses to accommodate all of your learners. In the following example, you will see that students have written their own messages in a bottle from the stranded characters in Lord of the Flies. This activity was a home learning task that served as an introduction to creative writing. The additional page includes a ladder of assessment criteria from a B grade to an A although these can of course be easily changed to suit the needs of any individual learner. Why it works: Establishing a task such as this, enables all students to see from the perspective of the characters in this novel. It also models the work of other students allowing for learners to take ideas from the work of their peers. OneNote promotes students to feel safe and comfortable when browsing their peers work, as it can be done anonymously, a challenge for any classroom teacher. In this example students could consider the different possible letters from one particular character to his friends and family back home from each other’s examples, opening their eyes to ideas and viewpoints that they would not normally have considered. This was perfect for some of my quieter, less confident students who rarely share ideas in lessons. They hugely benefited from the different ideas and enjoyed receiving positive feedback from their classmates. I have used this process to submit anonymous and controversial responses which have led to some rather interesting and thought provoking discussions amongst my students… ONENOTEFORCOLLECTIVELEARNING STUDENTS CAN CONTRIBUTE DURING AND OUTSIDE OF LESSONS 1 2 3
  11. 11. 11education OneNote in education Project-based learning Project-based learning/research projects are a popular and effective tool within education. However, monitoring and assessing progress, whilst allowing your students the responsibility of not only taking their work home but looking after it and ensuring it returns, is a problem that faces all teachers. OneNote is the solution. How to do it: The image shows a pair of Media students’ mind map of their initial ideas for a project. This mind-map was placed onto a page where other students in their group were tasked with identifying the texts necessary to support each idea. If for instance, drama students were tasked with finding images that represented bravery for a performance, they could take photos on their phone, find worthy news stories or YouTube videos and instantly embed them onto their page for others to see, prompting questioning, high level thinking and the occasional good laugh. I have found that students are highly motivated by project-based learning on OneNote. They enjoy and are highly engaged by the use of technology and are clearly driven by the ownership they have of their work. As OneNote is accessible to students on their phones it can be something they check during their daily routine. The instant nature of working collectively on OneNote has really appealed to the teenagers I work with and some of the best examples of work has stemmed from moments of spontaneous creativity captured by students on their mobiles. Why it works: As mentioned before, OneNote allows project-based learning to be accessible and organised for students and teachers at all times. When conducting a group research project, the expectation that students will organise themselves to meet outside of class can be too much for some. With OneNote there can be no excuses. The instant access that groups have to their members and their work allows students to contribute to projects at a time that suits them. OneNote also identifies to the teachers the levels of contribution of each individual member of the group. When making this known to my classes midway through a project, I have seen rapid increases in the levels of contribution from students who had been riding the coattails of others. The feedback that I have received from my students regarding OneNote’s role in project based learning has been exceptional. The additional level of responsibility made them feel more ‘professional’ as they embarked on a series of research tasks outside of the usual lined paper exercise books they were used to. The accountability of individuals contributions to their group was not only a comfort for some, but a needed pressure for others. ‘OneNote’s role in project based learning has been exceptional.’ ONENOTEFORCOLLECTIVELEARNING
  12. 12. 12education OneNote in education Collective annotation Planning for an annotation activity within learning often requires a password and an amount of time with a photocopier that teachers just don’t have. OneNote allows the full potential of annotation tasks to be realised with none of the paper work, departmental charges or frustration as the photocopier breaks down… again! How to do it: This example shows an annotated paragraph of language techniques from students on a PowerPoint slide. As the teacher I have then inserted this slide into a notebook for the whole class to use. OneNote allows me to access this work at any time. So I could present this on the board at a later date when students are annotating a different passage providing a strong exemplar to work from, or they could access this resource from home to help them when revising for an upcoming assessment. This second example shows an exam question on OneNote which has been annotated by a GCSE class. This picture has been taken directly into OneNote from paper using Office Lens. Circling key words and deciphering what the examiner is looking for in a response are powerful and regularly used teaching techniques in the run up to exams, however using OneNote allows me to create a bank of annotated exam questions that the students can refer to throughout the year. Why it works: This provides a visual aid and promotes a habit of the thought process that students must go through when considering a response. Students are able to refer back to the annotations on not only this example, but potentially every past paper question ever asked. The exposure to these past exam questions in class and as home learning is obviously a regular and effective tool, however the effect of having an instantly accessible bank of annotated past exam questions provides an invaluable resource to your students. ONENOTEFORCOLLECTIVELEARNING EXAMPLE 1 EXAMPLE 2
  13. 13. 13education OneNote in education Collective exam responses As teachers, providing our students with a model answer to a past exam question is a regular feature of classroom learning, especially in the run up to exam times. Let us think for a second the power that this process could hold if these model answers were constructed by the students for the students. How to do it: By providing the class with an exam/ assessment question, using OneNote students can contribute a response that can be seen by the whole class and the teacher. These responses could be a whole answer or focus on a single point, however the impact remains the same. The teacher, or as I have found, more importantly the students, can annotate and edit each others responses. This is an active process and can take as long as the teacher deems necessary, but what is created by the end of this process is the same model answer, developed by the students. This is a high impact alternative of providing an exemplary answer and one that engages the students. I have set this task both during lessons and within none contact time. Using technology such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, my students can hand write their responses and see these changes live on the board. Activities such as these could also be set as home learning tasks to be completed as either a consolidation exercise or prior to a lesson as initial responses to gage the classes’ current levels of understanding. Why it works: This process enables all students not only exposure to the model answer, but an active role in constructing it. I have found this to be an engaging challenge for all abilities within groups. Their collective responses are saved and banked within OneNote, allowing these to be referred back to. OneNote provides students with a greater sense of achievement than if I myself modelled an A grade response. It also seems to jog their memory a little more when we refer back as these are their ideas and their work. As students develop their responses, the role of the teacher may be active or passive however they are always involved and can support by prompting responses appropriately. ‘An engaging challenge for all abilities within groups.’ BE MORE PRODUCTIVE WITH PRODUCTS SUCH AS THE SURFACE PRO 3 PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH A MODEL ANSWER TO AN EXAM QUESTION ONENOTEFORCOLLECTIVELEARNING TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
  14. 14. 14education OneNote in education Assessment for learning OneNote can provide a way to organise and store assessment for learning (AfL) from both inside and outside of the classroom. Lets take a look... Chapter 4
  15. 15. 15education OneNote in education Live images to model progress How to do it: This simple process on OneNote has completely transformed the way I assess learning! By setting up a task, modelling the beginning of a response and then moving around the classroom photographing students’ work with my Microsoft Surface Pro 3, AfL has become an active and inclusive part of my lessons. The images are instantly inserted into a page in our shared OneNote and are then screened live on to the board for all students to see. There are ways of doing this if you’re projecting from a device such as a laptop that does not have a camera. An example could be to use your smart phone to take the photo and insert it onto the relevant OneNote page which is showing on the board. This is a seamless process (like uploading an image to social media) and you can even get the OneNote app to make the transition that little bit faster, something I would personally recommend. The real beauty of this method of AfL is that it is a live and collaborative process shared between students and the teacher. In the image, students were constructing graphs based on power shifts within a transcript of a conversation. As you can see, the photos were uploaded at regular intervals in the lesson so that the overall progress of the class is visibly assessed allowing the stretching and supporting of individuals. OneNote ensures that the progress of the class is stored and shared. They don’t simply have an answer in their books to refer back to, but a visible resource that demonstrates their progress, complete with teacher and peer feedback of how they got there. Why it works: This method of AfL engages students because they are consistently referring to their personal class work – thus making it more relevant to them. The visibility of progress helps the students cement their learning gains, because they have evidence of why and how they got there and have visual aids to support a repeated effort. A task such as this, that allows both student assessment and teacher assessment simultaneously is extremely effective. Students must be active in this process as passivity is clear and obvious whilst the teacher’s involvement maintains the relevance of responses, ensuring that the objectives of the lesson are met. ASSESSMENTFORLEARNING ‘OneNote has completely transformed the way I assess learning!’ THE OVERALL PROGRESS OF THE CLASS IS VISIBLY ASSESSED
  16. 16. 16education OneNote in education Annotating to assess learning How to do it: As chapter 3 presented, annotating examples within OneNote is a strong teaching tool and enables students to see their knowledge and understanding grow. I have used the tags on OneNote to encourage students to identify specific features in an example – e.g. using the tick icon to identify effective language techniques in a passage. Students could also differentiate their annotations by doing so in different colours based on the teacher’s levelled outcomes. An example of this is shown in the image where, as the level of annotations increases students are able to build on their work in different colours to reflect their progress. The image shows that students have completed the first requirement on the mark scheme: to identify language features in a transcript. From this, they can consider the speaker’s purpose in a different colour (red) and then finally reach the A grade answer by evaluating of the impact of the quote in green. Why it works: Annotation within AfL is nothing new or profound but by using OneNote to complete these tasks the effects are more profound. Students are accustomed to annotation tasks so the transfer to OneNote is instant making an invaluable revision and reflection tool. Students enjoy the visual representation of their progress and feel empowered when they see their comments appear on the page screened live. Using class responses in OneNote encourages a dialogue between the students creating a much more collaborative and shared experience to the more conventional annotation tasks. I have found that when working with a device such as my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 that a pass the parcel type activity engages students. They don’t even need to move from their seats to contribute to the collective annotation! Diverting the learning route How to do it: Teachers often find themselves straying from their initial plan in response to their students’ progress. OneNote enables a teacher to change the route of their lesson easily and effectively by providing them with a means to organise and bank their differentiated resources. On my OneNote I have various pages under the same lesson folder which I may go to depending on my students’ progress. A lesson is never the same with two classes, so if something has not quite been digested or the students find it too easy, I can quickly access a resource to support/stretch them. Whilst teaching, having OneNote in my back pocket provides me with a variety of differentiated tasks suitable for different levels at the push of a button. Why it works: Prior to OneNote, I often felt that if I had to explain things in a different way I was digressing from my plan. My teaching felt suddenly unplanned and underprepared which particularly as an NQT heaped unwanted additional pressure onto my shoulders. OneNote became my safety net. Once AfL begins in my lessons, I have the knowledge that I have many differentiated resources at my disposal to steer my students towards. Similarly this can provide a motivation for my students or a home learning task. For instance is there a more challenging page/task they could try for home learning now that they have grasped the basics? Which leads me to my final note on AfL… ASSESSMENTFORLEARNING C GRADE: Identify the language features in the transcript. Make a clear comment. B GRADE: Analyse the impact of the language feature and consider the speaker’s purpose. A GRADE: Evaluate. How effective is the quote in achieving the speaker’s purpose?
  17. 17. 17education OneNote in education Assessing the progress of home learning and project work How to do it: Creating home learning pages on OneNote allows unrivalled access to students’ home learning responses. As the teacher I can see not only when a student has accessed the page but their draft responses throughout the process. The same is true for project based learning. By using OneNote I can see the progress of my students at anytime I want, and do not have to wait for the periodic hand in dates. OneNote also allows me to place relevant resources in the folder that may help with a student’s response. This could be text from a previous lesson or even a recent newspaper article or YouTube video. Why it works: I must confess (don’t tell anyone!), I have in the past been guilty of setting generic home learning tasks. OneNote works for students because they experience more personalised homework. The teacher can present them with a variety of levelled tasks allowing the students to decide which is the most appropriate challenge to them. It also improves their organisation and ensures that the classic excuse of “my dog ate my homework” can never be used, as their work is stored and handed in for them. No teacher can assess students’ progress if their work has been forgotten… home learning via OneNote has solved this. For the teacher, using OneNote is like hiring a private detective. Just by browsing a Classbook I know who has and has not attempted the work, when they attempted it and how much they completed each time! From this through assessment, I can quickly understand the pace of their progress which in turn aids the quality and pitch of my lessons. The same is true for project based learning. I can monitor and assess at will the needs and progress of my students and provide them with prompts and questions, even during non-contact hours. “I can see the progress of my students at anytime.” UNRIVALLED ACCESS TO STUDENTS’ HOME LEARNING RESPONSES ASSESSMENTFORLEARNING
  18. 18. 18education OneNote in education OneNote for peer assessment Chapter 5
  19. 19. 19education OneNote in education Peer assessment is used as an alternative but effective way of teaching students what is required to succeed when answering questions. If a student can identify the strengths and critique the weaknesses of their peers’ work, then this understanding can be applied to improving their own work. OneNote brings this into a single digital space creating a hassle free and accessible way to peer assess. As a digital space, there is no need for students to be swapping exercise books and they are able to peer assess from any device in the classroom or at home. Distributing books, organising who’s going to work with who, and handing out the all-important coloured pens may in fact (especially with certain classes!) take more time and energy in the lesson than the peer assessment itself. Students’ work is shared in a collective space on OneNote. Using OneNote’s tags constructive feedback is structured and easy to follow. Often I ask my students to provide feedback to two or three of their peers to increase their exposure to varied responses. I would recommend providing an additional page on OneNote for a mark scheme that the students can access and refer to whilst peer assessing. The example demonstrates OneNote’s collective nature of peer assessment, with students providing different feedback to a variety of student work. This has proved highly effective with my less confident students as they do not need to identify themselves when providing the feedback and therefore their levels of contribution increase. My high end learners are often challenged with individualised tasks such as peer assessing a greater number of examples or transferring B grade work to A grade work. OneNote’s tags encourage students to cover a variety of areas in their feedback. The tags show the students what is required for detailed feedback and can also be differentiated to represent different levels of thinking. As you can see in the example, the tags promote questioning (the question mark), the giving and sharing of ideas (the light bulb icon) and the positive features of their work (the tick/star). I have found that students respond well to the tags, enjoying the similarities they share with emoticons on social media. On OneNote, feedback can be more visually appealing not only through the use of tags but also the students’ ability to position their responses around the work. They are also free to build on the feedback of others. Perhaps they can strengthen someone’s idea or help to answer a question that has been posed. The tags have proved a fantastic support system to students who require more scaffolding into peer assessment. They can use the tags to structure the feedback they give but also the tags construct a student’s ‘to do list’ creating a step by step approach to improvements. The tags also function as my direct link to students who require teacher support during peer assessment. I can search for tags/ buzz words within student feedback (all which have been previously discussed with the class) and can then assist the class throughout by responding quickly to their questions. An example of this could be a student struggling to peer assess the use of metaphors in a response. By writing the phrase “help metaphor” on their work when I search for “help metaphor” I am instantly shown a list of the students who are struggling at this aspect without the need to read through everybody’s work. I have found peer assessment on OneNote particularly supportive with groups as they complete projects. Peer assessment has enabled me to check their understanding of the mark scheme and has also enabled me to identify individual strengths within the class. I can direct students to good examples of each section of the project and encourage them to take notes and apply what they’ve read to their own work. Students seem to respond more positively to examples of work when it has been written by their peers rather than the teacher or the textbook example. ONENOTEFORPEERASSESSMENT ‘The tags have proved a fantastic support system.’ WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR DETAILED FEEDBACK?
  20. 20. 20education OneNote in education Independent learning Chapter 6
  21. 21. 21education OneNote in education INDEPENDENTLEARNING Independent learning greatly benefits students, however as all teachers are aware the challenge lies in how to monitor the quality of the work without taking up too much valuable class time. With OneNote students continue to enjoy the increased sense of control over their work that independent learning provides. Their notebook becomes their own space and unlike their exercise book, it is easy to keep neat! Unlike waving good bye to the student and their exercise book at the classroom door and devising ways to try and monitor the work in the next lesson, with OneNote when the students arrive for class, I am one step ahead and already up to date with the progress of their work. As you can see in the image, each student can see their work develop with each draft due to the organised layout of pages. In this instance after reading the students work all that was required was a quick prompt to push the student towards higher thinking. I did not have to wait for the hand in date to see this in class. This meant that when they arrived at my lesson, less time was spent marking the work and more time was spent improving it, making the most out of the limited contact time that I have at my disposal. Furthermore the little and often approach to marking independent learning actually considerably lessened the amount of time needed to mark the work at the final hand in date. The main reason for this is that all of my previous feedback has either been completed or is visible instantly and does not require me to re-read work. Independent learning on OneNote fits into the students’ schedule as they can access it anywhere on a variety of devices that they find engaging. As OneNote enables you to insert media in a variety of ways students can store their work and research in exciting ways. For example if interviewing someone or wanting to make notes quickly then they can record their voice and insert it into their page as a dictation. If working from the OneNote app students are not restricted to working in internet zones which gives them the freedom to contribute to their work whenever and wherever they feel inspired to do so (you may be surprised). In media studies I have been impressed by student submissions that included live but relevant events that they thought would help them. One example was a student who recorded a flash mob fashion show in a shopping mall on their phone, which they later analysed for a representation of ethnicity project.
  22. 22. 22education OneNote in education Independent learning on OneNote ensures greater accountability over students work. There is no lost work and students take responsibility over their pages as the teacher can see not only every contribution made but when these are made. With the accessibility of OneNote both on and off line, students have no excuse not to complete tasks and cannot forget to submit work as the submission is automatic. In addition to this each student log in and submission is time and date logged and accessible to the teacher at all times. OneNote is a highly effective revision tool. After each lesson I upload all lesson resources onto our OneNote shared page for students to revisit in the run up to exams or to collaborate their learning. The OneNote search bar allows students to independently locate any resources that they may need during revision. This can include PowerPoint slides, task materials and even other students work and feedback (if this has been made accessible by the teacher). As a teacher you soon get an idea of which students are being proactive in their revision. WHATISONENOTE? ‘...ensures greater accountability over students work.’ INDEPENDENTLEARNING
  23. 23. 23education OneNote in education OneNote for providing invaluable feedback Chapter 7
  24. 24. 24education OneNote in education Effective feedback is a crucial part of improving learning however it often feels time-consuming and repetitive to both the teacher and student. Clear proof that feedback has had a positive impact can be difficult to attain. Students want to see that their changes have been successful whilst the teacher wants to see that the changes have been made. OneNote provides a platform that allows feedback to be quick, varied and engaging and is effective and visible throughout students’ work. It is collated in one digital space so the concern that work is completed once and never seen again is no more, and the dreaded marking sweep is a pain free positive professional experience. Audio feedback For the students who glance at their final grade disregarding the time-consuming detailed feedback that we teachers type away there is a genius solution! OneNote enables the teacher to provide audio-feedback. To ensure that your students are taking in every target you can possibly give them I would suggest recording your feedback and then asking students to bullet point what they are required to do to improve. This encourages students to focus on the qualitative feedback not merely their summative assessment or grade. Live teacher feedback as “coach” OneNote provides instant and direct access for the teacher to each of their student’s work. This access can be utilised both in a classroom and outside of it. The teacher has access to all students’ work and can provide live and instant feedback like a coach in or outside of the class. Students can pose questions which can be answered by the teacher and vice versa to cement understanding. This process is individual, instant and private, a real positive for students lacking in confidence when performed in class time. Within higher education this process can be utilised to offer private tutorials without the need for both parties to meet. I have found this very beneficial for my A level groups during their non-contact time or when setting research tasks. ONENOTEFORPROVIDINGINVALUABLEFEEDBACK
  25. 25. 25education OneNote in education Tags toolkit As you can see in the image, the tags support me in providing specific and constructive feedback. It also lays the feedback out in a way that is easy for students to digest. Familiarising students with the different tags is a quick and easy process and I have heard of other teachers issuing a key resource for the tags, although I believe these to be self explanatory. Monitoring feedback With OneNote I am able to monitor the progress made by my students in their redrafts quicker and more easily than before. I can instantly identify if my feedback has been taken on board and implemented into improved learning gains. Additionally clear, implemented and readily available feedback supports my professional profile as I am able to evidence a variety of effective marking and feedback techniques even with short notice. The example (left, bottom) shows several redrafts of a student’s assignment. With each page they have understood and implemented the feedback that I had previously given to them. If called for a marking sweep, I can print off both pages and show the teacher student dialogue within my marking. The evidence we often need as teachers is stored and accessible. More importantly than this however is each student’s ability to reflect on their progress, with reference to their clear and visible improvements. Students understand how and why they gained their grade and what they need to do to improve, developing the process of their learning. The platform that OneNote provides in giving feedback is arguably its most beneficial feature. Never before have I seen such engagement from my students when responding to feedback through the use of tags, or such an impact in the success of their responses. The accountability of their contributions and their responsibility in looking after their own Notebook breeds pride and progress, something that I had not anticipated. It has and continues to save me time planning and marking for lessons, but also in compiling evidence that I am providing effective feedback for my own professional accountability. ONENOTEFORPROVIDINGINVALUABLEFEEDBACK STUDENTS CAN REFLECT ON THEIR PROGRESS MORE EASILY
  26. 26. 26education OneNote in education OneNote for the teacher and administrator – OneNote Staff Notebook Chapter 8
  27. 27. 27education OneNote in education OneNote for a one of a kind organisation OneNote has made organisation easy and enjoyable. I have used OneNote to take notes at my meetings linked to my Outlook diary, including all the necessary information like attendees and agenda. With OneNote these are stored, accessible and structured chronologically for when I need to refer back to them. If I want to share notes with other staff I can conveniently send them a link to the notebook where the notes from the meeting are displayed or email the page, if there are lagging OneNote adopters in my meeting group. Alternatively, an audio function is available for me to record the key messages and information, linked directly to any other notes transcribed as I am recording. This has been an invaluable tool when on the go, and myself and my colleagues have often found listening back to key points from meetings just as effective if not more so when organising faculty actions. Creating and storing lesson plans on OneNote enables the teacher to organise their resources and lessons into their own digital goldmine. Just like on standard word processing devices lesson plan templates can be created and edited so that I can scribble or type my ideas quickly. These templates provide me with a visual of the direction and aims of lessons as we move towards an exam or controlled assessment. However by storing and creating lesson plans on OneNote these plans can be accessed on any device at any time, by any member of staff who may need them. Resources can be attached to each lesson and the ease in which to flick through previous lessons from the scheme allows me to know exactly where my students are, where they need to go and most importantly how they are going to best get there. Teaching is a full time profession and inspiration for lesson tasks are found at all times and often in the least convenient places. OneNote’s accessibility allows those moments of inspiration to be documented, shared and stored instantly on the lesson template anytime, anywhere. Whole staff CPD sessions are becoming more regular and more dynamic and with teaching now firmly embedded in evidenced performance based pay Microsoft’s OneNote becomes the easy to access, easy to use archive that teachers need. I have stored and shared my CPD experiences and resources from valuable sessions and have clear and structured evidence that I am developing as a professional and working towards my performance targets. OneNote isn’t the only way that teachers can store these resources but being instantly accessible, easily navigated and searchable, whilst being highly reliable with its cloud based back up, OneNote allows me to utilise training resources and rest assured that my hard work is safe. The OneNote workload As a teacher I found myself craving software that would help me control my workload. It is too easy to feel overwhelmed by a to-do list and to find that the relationship between your work life and your social life is taking the unwanted and unfair swing the wrong way. Unfortunately, OneNote is not a magician and cannot magic away your workload, but it can help dramatically cut down on the administrative and organisational time lost. It is that simple. Using Microsoft OneNote will save you time. The tool is convenient, simple and accessible due to its availability on all devices. OneNote puts the teacher back in control and away from an office desk decorated in colourful sticky notes. Everything I need is in one manageable place and I can work at a time that suits me. I am no longer reliant upon accessing the office or staff room to collect my class work. In fact with classwork saved digitally I could have all of my students marking in my pocket without the need to carry my class books in boxes to the car. My workload instantly feels metaphorically and physically lighter allowing me to go home at a weekend with less of a sore back and heavy heart. ONENOTEFORTHETEACHERANDADMINISTRATOR ‘lesson plan templates can be created and edited so that I can scribble or type my ideas quickly.’
  28. 28. 28education OneNote in education Class Notebook inspires a Staff Notebook! The success of the Class Notebook brought to light that education needs collaboration and digital organisation to enhance the education of our students. Staff Notebook caters to these needs for the educator, the administrator and the leaders within education. The nature of OneNote encourages teachers to share resources in its easily accessible digital space. Links to lesson plans, meeting notes and training that staff have undergone can be placed in one shared space, making it easier and more effective for staff and schools to share good practice. Staff Notebook makes it easier to share the experiences of CPD and with members of your department and the wider school. Some schools are even beginning to archive and share their lead practitioners’ lesson observations for training purposes, highlighting key areas such as questioning within lessons. This is where Staff Notebook provides its greatest opportunities allowing all staff to collaborate, share ideas, examples of good practice and support one another in a consistent whole school approach to teaching. OneNote Staff Notebook Microsoft’s OneNote Staff Notebook is structured in such a way that all members of staff from support to head teacher can benefit and contribute to it. Like a Class Notebook, Staff Notebook has the same structure of both shared and private spaces. In what can feel like a high paced and frantic environment, the chance to share ideas with colleagues in schools can often pass you by, despite us all knowing the importance and value of such conversations. Staff Notebook ensures that the worthwhile and valuable messages, practices and resources are shared and accessible to all members of staff and allows the school to be consistent in its approach to education. Staff Notebook provides a three layered approach to this collaborative effort. The individual, private space The individual space is your personalised section of the notebook. Curriculum and pastoral leaders can contribute to these spaces with essential materials such as sections for pastoral notes, performance management and even a space specific to their individual role within the school, but the space is essentially yours to do as you please and can be edited to suit your individual roles and needs. One way in which I have used this space in collaboration with my pastoral leaders, was to update a pupil behaviour tracker for students in my form who were on behaviour report. This allows me to see the students in the year group who are on report promoting a consistent approach, but also allows the pastoral leaders to have an up to date and easily accessible document with all relevant information such as student performance and tutor contact home. The importance of liaising with staff regarding pupil behaviour is clear, but OneNote Staff Notebook makes this process hassle-free and instant. ONENOTEFORTHETEACHERANDADMINISTRATOR 1
  29. 29. 29education OneNote in education The collaboration space The collaboration space is an area that is designed to be accessed and updated by all members of staff. This area really does strengthen the cooperation and communication across a whole school, but can also be created for individual departments, pastoral and support groups. The notebook offers a shared area for teachers to contribute towards resources, schemes of learning and discussions and can be used as an information archive or as live working documents, like meeting notes and shared initiatives. The collaboration space is a brilliant way to store and share departmental resources and lesson plans as well as any other documents that require staff input. The collaboration space can be a whole school area allowing school wide communication and input but are often ran or organised by pastoral and curriculum leaders with areas for individual staff input, once again strengthening the communication across a body of staff. The key to the collaboration space is that it allows and encourages individual staff input whilst remaining a structured and formal environment often dictated by senior members of staff. Using a collaboration space ensures that all staff have a voice, can contribute to and challenge information that they see and most importantly all work together in a consistent and universal manner to provide the best service for their students. The content library This space is essentially the information hub of the school and provides you with easy and instant access anywhere, anytime to anything that has been deemed important or necessary by the creators of the page. This could be faculty-based, pastoral or school- wide with open access for members of staff to view and share the important documents and information. Policy documents, information packs and other key school documents can be stored and accessed by staff in a quick and easy manner. Working examples of the content library include accessing minutes from staff briefings and meetings, preparation for CPD sessions and staff induction packs for new staff members to name a few. Unlike the individual and collaborative spaces, the content library is not designed to be edited on mass by members of staff but to be an easily accessible and central location for what is deemed as important and necessary information by senior members of staff. For more information on Staff Notebook and guidance on how to create a Staff Notebook please visit: ONENOTEFORTHETEACHERANDADMINISTRATOR 2 3 TAKE A CLOSER LOOK ONENOTE.COM/STAFFNOTEBOOKEDU
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