“Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement, but this impact can be either positive or negative.” Hattie, J and Timperley, H
We hear and see more often the importance of giving feedback in timely and regular ways. Short of carrying home bags and bags of books, how can we give good, responsive feedback easily? Microsoft OneNote is your answer.
How can OneNote help?
OneNote is a great tool for a variety of types and methods of feedback. Below are some of the ways you might like to use this tool as the vehicle for levelling up feedback in your classroom.
Teacher to Student
Why not create a shared OneNote with each student so that you can abolish USBs, emails and file sharing? Once a student uploads a file, or makes any changes to a OneNote notebook, this will appear in your version of the same notebook. NO more waiting for files to download. Just click on the icon and there it is. If you have access to Office 365 use the OneNote Class Notebook Creator Tool for a super handy way to create shared notebooks.
Student to Student
Want students to work collaboratively and give peer feedback? OneNote is a great tool for this too. Create and share a OneNote file to the appropriate students and they are off and running. Once again, by using the OneNote Class Notebook Creator tool you will by default create a section in which every student is given access to collaborate. This section can then have pages allocated to groups of students, or students can share work with peers for feedback.
Teacher to Teacher
Do you work in a team teaching situation? Share you teaching hours with another, or simply want to streamline the supervision process for your programming and preparation for learning? Consider sharing a OneNote with your supervisor who can open the shared notebook and check in whenever suits the two of you.
School Committee and Project Groups
Why not create a shared OneNote folder for your committee. Create a section for meeting notes, actions, planning and processes. Share with all committee members and leaders as appropriate for an easily accessible, collaborative environment.
Below is an example of a school that created one OneNote Notebook for the professional development schedule for the school. All sessions had a section allocated and resources and notes were share through this.
Teacher to Parent
Do you have students who you regularly communicate with parents, but are often rushing to write in the communication book before the bell rings? Why not create and share a OneNote Notebook between yourself and the parents and share information, notes, files, and student work samples in a timely and efficient manner?
How can I give feedback in OneNote?
There are different ways we can give feedback (or collaborate) in a shared OneNote. Below are 4 methods you might like to explore:
- Draw and Ink as you would on Paper – Using the pen on your device to annotate student work (click on the draw tab and choose a pen colour)
- Record Audio and Video and comment verbally as you annotate using the OneNote native radio and video recording tools
- Use Community Clips of Office Mix Screencast to record a screencast with audio and video of your feedback on student work
- Each group member types in different colours, or the teacher chooses a different colour to the student work sample
Where can I learn more about OneNote?
You’ll be amazed how OneNote will help feedback to become more responsive and achievable.