Inspired by the Microsoft Innovative Educator „#MSFTtips Contest“ I decided to write down my 5 Tips for everbody, who wants to hold an OneNote workshop for other educators. In the past 3 years I have had great oppertunities to introduce OneNote to many, many educators in Austria (and Germany too!) and I am pretty proud of my efforts, because I have changed some teachers AND students daily life since they are using Microsoft OneNote.
Tell them your WHY
So if you never heard of Simon Sinek you have to invest the following 18 Minutes into his genious TED talk about what he calls the“ Golden Circle“: WHY – HOW – WHAT:
So I always start my Workshops traditionally with a small PowerPoint-presentation about my personal path to OneNote. Why am I using OneNote for my daily work as a teacher? I come up with my struggle seven years ago with using three different media types: the blackboard, the computer, overhead projector and how I used all three things to deliver a great math learning experience. Because, in my opinion, each of these three things has its strong points and is very powerful for teaching mathematics, but I struggled with the switching in between these three.
You can get a glimpse on what I am referring to in the following presentation:
Prepare REAL examples
So I only use real examples from my own lessons that are not high glossy, not shiny, but down-to-earth! I show my daily work to the participants and also I give them insights into my style as ONE example of how you could use OneNote.
Just make your participants feel comfortable and show them, what they will achieve after your workshop: easily create cool OneNote-lessons!
I typically use my first example to show the handwriting feature of OneNote, annotated print-outs, collaborations examples and students‘ work:
Prepare Workshop user accounts
To get the most out of a workshop, I want the edcuators feel the great power of collaboration with OneNote. In the typical workshop scenarios in other schools, I can not rely on an Office 365 environment, so I use my schools‘ O365 and create a dedicated OneNote Workshop-Notebook with the OneNote Class Notebook Creator App. I also prepare dedicated workshop users, so I can hand an account to every participant to log into the Workshop Notebook.
Just highlight a few features
Although OneNote is a „powerhorse“ and has so many powerful features I do not show all features in a workshop. OK, you can’t even show all features, so concentrate on just a few. My highlights are:
– print-to-onenote per drag-and-drop
– search – even in screenshots and handwritten notes (and audio!)
– audio and video recording (emphasize on time-coding!)
– Smartphone synchronisation (take a photo on your smartphone and let it sync)
stay in contact
With every workshop I have held I have grown a larger professional community of great and inspiring teachers and educators. I always try to stay in contact (over social networks) with some of the participants to keep the wheel spinning. Firstly, there a some specific, sometimes big, mostly tiny problems a new OneNote-teacher has to deal with, so I always offer the workshop participants to stay in contact and connect with me, so they can really get help if they are willing to make their big transition to teaching with OneNote. Secondly, because of this after-workshop connections I get great inspiring ideas on how to use OneNote in my classes and problem-solving-competencies, that brings my own teaching forward.
So I hope I have giving you some advice if you are planning to deliver a OneNote workshop for your colleagues or other educators! And maybe someday I can show you OneNote and my experience in person in a workshop!?!
P.S.: I have stopped counting the pen-tablet tablets workshop participants have bought after my workshop. So maybe I should call Microsoft, Dell, Asus, Samsung for some sales commission….