Hello. My name is Mike and I am a middle school teacher in Henrico County, VA. This is my first post to the Thinkfinity community. I would like to know if any of you make use of OneNote in your class? If so, would you mind sharing how you use it for instruction. I have used it for science instruction and now I am using it for math instruction. I am looking for different ideas that I could incorporate into my own style. Below is a snapshot of how I have it set up at the moment for the students.
Thank you in advance,
We use it several ways in our school. Personally - I love it. It is my lesson planner and file cabinet for EVERYTHING. I love that it is so searchable and everything is at my fingertips. If you don't use the skydrive sync, it is an awesome feature as well. Now my lesson planning book is at home as well as anywhere I have web access (and on my ipad and phone now!)
Ag shop - class collaborated on notes
Science - all keep their lab notes in OneNote. teacher sends them the pdf file of the lab instructions and they insert as file printouts and then can write on top of the document to record their labs/worksheets.
JR High Language Arts - They keep their journals pages in OneNote and then email the pages to their instructors. Instructor also emails them pages to add as their worksheets/questions.
My tech classes - planning pages that all of the class is a collaborator on. I teach web design, so when we are in the planning/implementation phase, it is crutial that all students can get to the pages and update where they are.
Research - love that the copy and paste creates a link to where they obtained the information
Most all 7-12 use it as a note taking device. Most kids have a skydrive account to sync it to so that if their laptop crashes, they just have to download their copy.
"Textbook" - we have some curriculum that comes as pdf files. The teacher breaks down the file and puts it into chunks that students can write on and take notes on using OneNote.
Hope that helps.
From what I understand about OneNote, in order to share documents with other people, they have to have a copy of the software. Does your school have a license for all students or within a computer lab? I like your descriptions of how your students use OneNote. I just wondered if your school division decided to provide this for all their teachers and students since it is not a free program.
I'm impressed with all the ways you have incorporated this technology into your classes How do the students like using this program?
Thanks for sharing,
We have a 1:1 with MS Office available school wide. If you don't have access to OneNote, there is a free program called Evernote that is similar and as useful. You might check it out.
Our students use OneNote quite a bit and I am always surprised at the number of students who use it for notes. It is simple to use.
Thanks for the information. It's great that your school provides access to OneNote. I am familiar with Evernote, and I appreciate your mentioning it here as a free alternative. It's amazing how technology continues to change the way we teach and students learn. Taking notes with pen and paper is almost obsolete. I guess digital devices are saving us from notetaking worries such as having enough pencils sharpened or keeping the ink from smearing across the pages.
Wow! Times have changed since I was in school. Now students take fewer notes from lectures and use problem-based learning to explore new concepts. I really like the student-centered model for learning.
Here is the link to Microsoft's Education licensing and pricing. They offer great pricing for university students and faculty, but many K12 schools with Microsoft volume licensing are eligible for even better discounts through their school. For example, I was working for a school district and their Microsoft license allowed students and teachers to download the Office suite for only $9.95. It would be worth asking your school district about discounts.
Microsoft has created a guide for teachers on using OneNote in the classroom. It doesn't have a lot of details, but it does include multiple uses from planning and organizing to learning and sharing.