Für den offiziellen OneNote Office Blog durfte ich einen Beitrag verfassen, der heute unter http://blogs.office.com/2015/01/22/onenote-rule/ live gegangen ist. Natürlich gibt es den Beitrag auch hier für meine Leserinnen und Leser:
OneNote to rule them all
As a passionate and tech-savvy and always-looking-for-best-solution maths teacher I am always searching the World Wide Web for programs/apps that will help me to get the most out of my teaching profession. There are bad ones that I use just one time for a five-minute test-flight, there are great ones that I am using regularly, because they help me. And there is OneNote, the one tool, that I can’t (literally) live=teach without!
In 2009 after getting a Tablet-PC with a stylus I discovered this „beast“ within an Office 2010 beta test program and from that moment on, OneNote has instantly became my favorite tool not only for my teaching profession, but also for my private life.
A brief personal history…
I am teaching mathematics and physical education since 2005 and since five years I am at the beautiful, new and innovative business college HAK Steyr in Austria, a recently nominated Microsoft Showcase school. Since my first days at university as a student I have always embraced technology to take its benefits for teaching and education. I am using the dynamic, interactive mathematics app GeoGebra since its very first appearance in 2001 and I experimented with lots of different digital “channels” in my lessons. I always wanted to use the “digital” world to enhance my teaching.
On the other hand I strongly believe that maths is something that has to develop in front of the student’s eyes. Although the best way of learning maths is to find out things for yourself, sometimes it is very important and inevitable that we show important concepts to our students step by step. In addition to that, it was always hard to make mathematical inputs into a computer system, because of the very own mathematic characters. So it is often necessary, that we use the “good old chalk board”, what I call the “analog” world.
I was often struggling with switching between these both worlds, because they have both advantages for different learning scenarios. So in 2009 I discovered OneNote and suddenly all my problems vanished. For the first time in my teaching profession I had been able to combine the “digital” and “analog” world – and I got some extras!
OneNote – More than just a digital whiteboard!
OneNote has not only just become a substitution for my chalk board, it has enhanced my teaching with some great features. Not only that I can collect all things I need for my lessons into OneNote, my students can also collaborate with me and with each other in our class notebook. Last year I have made a small video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECBOAOa7dxI) of how I am using OneNote in my lessons and a Demo-Notebook (http://1drv.ms/14EeuMp)
The first years I just set up a notebook for each of my classes and shared it, now with the OneNote Class Notebook Creator this is far easier to establish. Although my students do not have a tablet-PC I can use our school’s computer labs regularly and so my students can work with OneNote, Excel, GeoGebra and other great online learning resources and they can contribute their work. Even on their computers at home or on their smartphones they can see through what we have been doing and add their assignments.
I really love the idea of collaborating, because in my opinion peer learning is very important for my students’ progress. They can learn from each other and from their mistakes rather than learning from the “perfect” teacher’s solution. For example we did some function analysis and I assigned a different mathematical function to every student. They did great work and we collected all finalized projects (http://sdrv.ms/Y50J1B) in our class notebook and discussed the outcome of each students’ work. The most important thing was, that they had to talk about their problems and record this into OneNote. That was a whole new experience to them: not only doing calculations but explaining to others what they had done!
Since OneNote runs on every device I often make use of smartphones in my classes (and outside) to collect work. We did a small trigonometry project to measure our school building. So I took my students outside, captured some photos to collect data and afterwards we worked on that within the classroom to find out the length of our school building. And again, everything is kept in one place: files, screenshots, sketches, notes and pics. Even the calculations can be done in OneNote (a feature not every OneNote user is aware of!)
As you can see in the picture I gave them audio-Feedback, another great feature in OneNote. It is easier to explain what they got wrong than to write it down. And it is very motivating for my students to hear, what they have got correct!
Final thoughts and what’s next?
I use and rely on OneNote every day and my Surface Pro 3 is the one and only companion to my classes. The stylus input is essential for me as a math teacher, but I think there are great other possibilities to use OneNote without a stylus. OneNote has truly reshaped and enriched my teaching and although I am using it now for just 6 years I think, there is far more to explore. I want to get as many as possible students and colleagues on board, so I am holding lots of OneNote-Workshops in Austria to show the power of this magnificent Software. I am also working on a free, interactive maths workbook based on OneNote.
Right now I am planning to establish a dedicated 1:1 tablet-PC class (as in Austria up to 30 students stay together for all subjects in one class through their school career). So every student should be equipped with a stylus based tablet PC to turn the “digital school bag” into reality! This project will be the foundation of my PhD-thesis about “Impact of Paper 2.0 – the use of a stylus based tablet PC in math education”.
So feel free to contact me to get to know more about my use of OneNote at my personal Blog at www.kurtsoeser.at.
Kurt Söser’s personal Blog: www.kurtsoeser.at
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