Integrating technology in schools can be a challenge. Far too often it is seen as an ‘or’ rather than an ‘and’. Subsequently, there are some areas where it has become more normalised than others. One such space is curriculum planning.
When was the last time you saw a handwritten curriculum document? Ok, many teachers still print them out and write in their notes, however it seems to have become something of a given that the initial document is typed. The question to be considered is which application best suits the need.
The biggest problem is that there are so many different options. Maybe it is using Evernote, Google Apps, a wiki or a learning management system. Some of the common challenges seem to be formatting, collaboration, ease of use and ability to link between resources. One other option that has become particularly popular of late is Microsoft OneNote.
Like Google Apps, OneNote allows users to collaborate without the conflicts created when using applications like Dropbox, includes a wide range of templates and allows the ability to collect and connect different content. However, one of it’s biggest selling points is that for those comfortable with using Microsoft Office, there is little adjustment required. Rather, it adds a certain level of functionality that is not possible otherwise.
For more on OneNote, check out the following resources:
- OneNote on TeacherCast: A collection of video tutorials.
- 5 Ways to a Onetastic Learning Experience!: Miguel Guhlin documents some useful workflows associated with OneNote.
- OneNote 2016 – Tips and Tricks: An eBook collecting together a range of tips and tricks in the one place.
- 11 New OneNote Features Teachers Will Love: An article published in Microsoft’s The Innovative Educator magazine.
- Learning Tools for OneNote Customer Preview: A guide to tools that support with reading and writing.
- Microsoft OneNote for Education: A reflection from Steve Brophy on the different uses of OneNote, including feedback from students.
So what about you? Have you used OneNote? Is there anything that you would add? As always, comments welcome.