Last year I started getting students to make their own video content. The idea was an extension of flipping my classes and I thought it was an excellent way for students to become the teacher and explain the concepts they were learning. I was using a class notebook and students would use screencast-o-matic to record their screens. They would then insert the MP4 file into the Class notebook:
I found this process slow and cumbersome. There was also the problem of the size of the Class Notebook! There had to be an easier way for students to quickly create short screencasts. I then stumbled across Steve Crapnell and his collections in Docs.com
Office snip was the answer I have been looking for. It is incredibly simple to use, fast and embeds in OneNote pages. Once students create the snip, they simply click copy and can then paste directly into their page.
Watch this video to see how easy it is to create a snip screencast:
This is what it looks like in my maths class:
1. For homework, students have a homework page which I distribute to the student’s individual sections which looks like this:
2. They use the snip tool to record one question - talking through their thinking and understanding:
3. I review student homework via class notebook review tab:
THE END RESULT - AWESOME!
Here is a video of these steps in action and some student work:
In addition, I use the collaboration space and office snip to publish homework problems students are having. You can see from the example below in my maths homework template I ask students to let me know if they are having any homework problems:
I then create a solution to this problem and publish it to the collaboration space for all students to see. Often, the question students are having difficulty with are the same questions which makes this step fast.
For more details on how to download snip see the guide below created by Steve Crapnell via doc.com:
(courtesy of Steve Crapnell)
Our school is moving to BYOD. This has resulted in a busy start to the year. Year 7 and 10 students have been asked to purchase 1 of 3 laptops (digital inking capabilities is a must), while the rest of the school are using school owned devices.
The roll out has thrown up some challenges for myself and teaching staff. I have been working with the year 7's on getting their laptops up and running. This has been a very frustrating time. Students were asked to install software at home before the school year, but we have found that this has been largely unsuccessful. Students were required to install Office, OneDrive, setup emails and other tasks. We have found that many students did not have this setup, or it was setup incorrectly. There was also other issues to address such as the installation of printers and other subject specific software. There have also been numerous cases of cracked screens already! The soft covers which students are using is an issue. The hard cases the school provides with school owned devices provided far better protection.
These problems have been especially frustrating as I had been pushing and selling class notebooks hard to staff last year and to begin this year, running PD's and helping staff individually. The fact that is hasn’t been ready to go for year 7 and 10 has been frustrating, but we are close to getting on top of it. I hope staff do not give up of class notebooks! They seem to be running well for most classes and feedback from teachers is positive.
As this is the first year introducing BYOD, I think we can learn from some of the issues we have faced and be more successful with the roll out next year when the next wave of BYOD year levels are rolled out. I have had discussions with other staff members about better ways to manage this including the school receiving all computers and setting them up for students ready to go before school starts. Other ideas are for students to have the first few weeks of school without laptop use, and IT staff come to each individual student during class and make sure they are up and running correctly. There are many other options available, including keeping the same system of instructions for parents to follow. We will see what happens next year.
As the unofficial OneNote guy at my school, I have assisted many staff members in setting up class Notebooks, run OneNote PD's and helped out with other technology related questions. I have also gone into classes to make sure students class Notebooks are operating as they should. Although this has created a significant amount of work for me and my time, I am enjoying assisting other teachers wherever I can. Perhaps one of my weaknesses is I find it difficult to say no when asked for help, but I think because we are teachers it is our nature and we cannot help it!
You can see the 6 part staff PD on OneNote here: http://www.mrawebster.com/onenote.html
Below is the agenda for advanced OneNote training carried out for staff over two consecutive one-hour sessions: