Primary 6/7 at St Ninian’s RC PS are one of the first primary schools in Edinburgh to start using OneNote Class Notebook as a tool for learning, both in class and as a way of accessing and submitting homework online.
Within school time, Miss Murray, class teacher, uses the tool as an additional means of recording learning. She thinks that it has made a big difference to the more reluctant writers in her class, who are always keen to use Notebook and produce more content than they might if writing in a traditional jotter. She also finds the collaboration space useful for group work, and has used this recently to plan their forthcoming Halloween Bake Sale. While planning, the learners could ask each other questions and leave comments about the ideas of others in a structured way. The collaboration space also makes it easy for a teacher to track the contributions made by each pupil.
Miss Murray was keen to get started with OneNote for setting and receiving homework as most of the children in her class are much more enthusiastic about doing homework if it involves using a computer. She still offers her learners the chance to submit their homework on paper but says that only a small number choose to do it this way. For Miss Murray, OneNote acts as a way of sharing homework tasks, information about trips and encourages pupil voice through class votes. Another advantage for teachers is that it saves time marking and means that teachers have fewer jotters to carry around since pupil input can be commented on virtually.
“I love computers. It’s easier this way because you can’t lose the sheet.”
“We can download the program for free at home or use the online version.”
“It can sometimes be difficult to get on to so I like using a mixture of the computer and paper.”
“Your hands don’t hurt from writing when you type things!”
“It’s easier to spell things right when you’re typing.”
“It saves paper and it saves time. You don’t need to waste time finding a pencil, rubber or sharpener.”
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