When OneNote and other Microsoft tools are used in combination it provides the perfect platform to deliver a flipped mastery course. In this blog I will explain how I used a Class Notebook together with office mix, forms, snip, Geogebra, tags and links to pages to flip a year 7 maths unit. Furthermore, I will explain how I used the analytics from office mix, the review student work function via the class notebook and the data collected from forms to monitor progress and provide targeted, effective feedback for my students.
You can see above the overall layout of the flipped unit. The unit is sorted in table form in a single OneNote page and this is distributed to the student's pages. Students work accross the page, beginning with a video using office mix.
Part 1 - Office Mix:
Students engage in the content they need to know for the lesson through a short video created with office mix. The advantages of using office mix over other recording software is that you can use existing powerpoints, it is fast and simple to use, it has analytics and the video can embed and play in a OneNote page.
Part 2 - Student work:
After watching the video, students are required to complete set questions. They have the choice as to whether they complete these in their exercise books or in their individual OneNote page. They then mark their work and ask for clarity on any issues they are having through myself or other students.
Part 3 - Forms:
After students complete the required exercise, they complete a quiz through microsoft forms. There are 5 questions which test students understanding of the topic. Students are required to score 5/5 to progress to the next exercise. I can use the data captured from this to identify areas of weaknesses in understanding of the content. One of the biggest advantages of forms is that you can setup the quiz so students have to login with their 365 account. This provides me with specific student data and I can target my teaching accordingly. Forms also embed into OneNote pages.
Part 4 - Office snip:
Using office snip, I create a short video of the solutions to the quiz. If students made any errors in the quiz they can use this video to understand where they went wrong. Snip is simple to use if you need to create quick videos and embeds in OneNote pages.
Part 5 - Due dates
A due date for all work in the unit is set for the students. In this case students had two weeks to complete the unit. It is up to each student to balance what they complete in class and home. This helps them become independent learners and take ownership of their learning. During this unit, half of each lesson was spent on problem solving (separate to the these tasks) and students had to take this into account.
Part 6 - Tags/checkbox
Check boxes are created in order for students and teacher to monitor progress. I can use the review student work function to check where students are up to and intervene if appropriate.
Part 7 - Extension - Using links to pages
Extension activities are for the top students who are finding the work easy. One of the biggest advantages of OneNote is it allows for differentiation, both at the bottom and top. These links take students to other pages within that OneNote section and have explanations and activities on harder topics, typically one to two year levels above.
Part 8 - Extension - Geogebra
Another extension activity which students can complete straight in OneNote is having a look at an interactive example of the exercise and trying to make sense of it. Students are required to do this by interacting with the activity and writing an explanation of how it works. This helps students to gain a deeper understanding of the topic. Again, Geogebra embeds and plays in OneNote pages.
Why do this?
It gives you back class time! It is clear from the NAPLAN data that our students perform well at straight forward knowledge type numeracy questions, however, struggle with problem solving style questions. I therefore focused the second half of every lesson on problem solving, using a variety of different strategies. Students worked on the unit course described above in the first half of each lesson and for homework. By doing this, I was able to find more class time to focus on what our students are poor at.
In addition, by creating a flipped mastery unit in OneNote, you gain all the advantages of a flipped classroom and the work is presented in one neat, consistent platform, providing simplicity to students and teachers. While there is preparation time involved in setting up a unit like this, the resource can then be shared to other teachers and all students can benefit from it. Also, if other teachers see this type of resource, they are often encouraged to try incorporate more digital pedagogies in their own classes.
Finally - what do the students think?
What did you enjoy about this flipped classroom?
"That we didn't have homework at 'home', and that we were able to do our work in class so if we had a problem then we could ask the teacher"
"That I could watch the video and watch it at my own pace, pausing and rewinding as I go"
"We were able to work at our own pace, we could either slowly work through the videos if we were struggling, or work through them fast if we understood the topic"
"I could work at my own pace and didn't feel pressured to know something if I didn't."
"i enjoyed that we didnt have to do much homework at home. i also enjoyed it because at home i would sometimes get stuck on my work and be unsure how to complete the topic, but now i wouldnt be stuck becuase my teacher would be able to help me when it was class time. "
"it was good because you could go your own speed and take extra notes (like i did )"
"When we got to the AFL test I could review it and therefore I could practice for my test much easier. "
"I could go back as many times as I needed to, if I didn't understand something and could be explained again and again. I also liked that we could use the question in the video, answer it and then check it straight away and I could see where I went wrong because you explained how to answer the question. "
What did you dislike about this flipped classroom?
"How we didn't really learn the topic in full detail, we could learn what Mr Webster taught us in the video."
"If I wasn't connected to wifi I couldn't do the homework"
"that if you have any questions about it, you can't ask and get a proper or deeper understanding, and if its too easy you cant ask for a harder set. "
"It just felt like we were doing normal work in class, and kind of missing out on the actual homework part."
We know from evidence that feedback has a major impact on learning. The use of OneNote, a class Notebook and digital inking means teachers have a range of feedback options at their disposal. This blog will go through all these options, from the basic to the advanced.
1. Student completes draft in OneNote page - Use typed comments or digital inking
2. Student completes draft in word - Open and insert comments
3. Student completes draft in word - Insert as printout
4. Audio Feedback
5. Checklists/criteria sheets
6. Video feedback - Office snip
7. Video feedback - Via screencasting software and using sharing links
8. Feedback on hand written work using OneNote - Office lens
9. Digital stickers
10. Peer feedback
11. Two way feedback
12. Feedback using your own comment bank
13. For fun - rainbow pen!
Additional tips and tricks:
1. You can do all of the above for PDF, Powerpoint and Excel files - all these can be inserted into pages as printouts.
2. A good practice, especially for drafts, is to email the page to the student after completing the draft. This is a simple click of the 'mail recipient' button shown below. This ensures there is a paper trail and the student cannot delete any of your inking, audio or video comments and say you did not provide them with any feedback.
3. Make sure you are using a class notebook and that you distribute a section (assignment drafting?) and page (draft term 1?) to the students invdividual notebooks. You then need to tell them to insert/complete their work in that specific section and page. This allows you to use the review student work function correctly.
When you start collecting student work in OneNote a range of possibilities emerge in terms of feedback. You can use all of these feedback techniques in any combination depending on the year level and subject you teach and the assessment item.
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)