Continuing the month’s worth of ideas to support a New Year Resolution to cut paper use in education…
Send homework assignments electronically
You know that your students now have enough electronic devices in their pockets to sink a Sydney Harbour ferry - so how about using that as an excuse to cut the cord on paper-based homework assignments? If you’re a teacher using OneNote, then it’s one very small step to share your OneNote documents (eg homework assignments, tests, lesson plans or revision materials) with your students on the web - and because OneNote is also on the web, on the Windows Phone, and available as apps on iPhone and iPad, it means that your students can access it whether they are at home or on the bus home from school.
I wrote an example scenario last month of how teachers and students could use OneNote to remove the need for paper. Here’s an extract:
The teacher can then share the OneNote notebook with their students, for them to use afterwards
The teacher can also publish the homework assignments on the OneNote as well
Students can access their assignments and lesson notes wherever they are
How easy is it to share a OneNote notebook with students?
Just pop into the FILE menu in OneNote and click the Share option. That’ll sync your OneNote to your Skydrive (the free 25GB storage folder on the web). And then you can either set it to be shared publically, or just with your students (to do that you’ll need to list the email addresses of the students). And you can either allow them read-only, or give them the option to edit the files.
That’s it. Now your students can either access it over the web, or use OneNote installed on their phone to read their homework assignments.
And another trip to the printer or photocopier saved.