Class Notebook

OneNote Class Notebook at St Ninian’s Primary School

IMG_1309Primary 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.

Picture5Miss 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.

Picture1Picture2The children in Miss Murray’s class said:

“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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For more information on OneNote Click here: http://onenoteforteachers.com/

OneNote Class Notebook at Tynecastle High School

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From Skitch blur cMartyn Call, acting PT Maths at Tynecastle High, has been using Class Notebook with his Nat 5 Class this year.

Each pupil accesses OneNote via the App on their iPad.

Each pupil has their own area within class notebook for their classwork making it a virtual jotter.

 

 

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When teaching the whole class Martyn uses the smartboard and anything he does automatically appears in the ’Content Library’.

This means that the pupils are not required to copy anything down.

He can also easily add the Success criteria and he has personalised the ‘tags’ to distinguish the type of task that they are allocated.

 

 

 

The Notebook can also be used for tracking.

 

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Tasks carried out in a jotter can easily be captured and embedded in Class Notebook.

 

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The pupils in the class said:-

“It’s better for revising and note taking and you can do your homework in one area and it allows you to draw directly on to the app.”

“I like it because it tracks what I do well and what I need to work on.”

“The benefits are it’s better for revising and no paper. Learning is easy – you don’t need to use your jotter.”

Martyn commented that:-

“OneNote allows me to interact with students in real time. Teaching with OneNote (which syncs with student iPads) has been great in building up class notes. The content library and personal spaces allow me to give out homework and feedback easily.”

OneNote is also being used in these other areas of the school:-

Physics – use as textbook

PSE – use as portfolio

PE – textbook and peer feedback

For more information on OneNote Click here:-

http://onenoteforteachers.com/