Monkseaton High School making news again – pupils learning at home

Two weeks ago, I wrote about their new case study that Monkseaton High School had produced with us, and yesterday I opened up the Sunday Times and saw them again, on page 5, under the headline


School’s out as pupils learn at home on ‘Facebook’ siteEndquotes

It’s got to be the most unusual way I’ve heard OneNote being described recently, but then one of the challenges we have is that OneNote is so flexible it can be used in so many different ways – making it almost impossible to describe easily. (We have exactly the same problem with SharePoint – if you can almost anything with it, how do you describe it succinctly?)

image The article is describing the way that students and teachers at Monkseaton used shared notebooks in OneNote to learn within and outside of the classroom, and how it appeals to students because it is as naturally multimedia as they are outside of school.

Paul Kelley, the Head Teacher at Monkseaton, is quoted in the article as saying:


Because the pupils use Facebook and MySpace at home, they are familiar with this technology. They take to it like a duck to water and seem to feel more comfortable learning in this Endquotesway

The article is a very simplified version of their story – we’re producing a video, which should be published very shortly, which shows some of the ideas the article mentions. I’ll post it as soon as it’s ready.

In the meantime, you can read the article on the Sunday Times website (or in the paper, if like me, it takes you until mid-week to get through it all!)


If you want to get a feel of what kind of school Monkseaton is, then take a look at their Prospectus or their website – it' definitely demonstrates an image which is radically different from many others.

Comments (2)

  1. kristianstill says:

    I am not sure I fully follow how OneNote is being used?

    We have used onenote for about 14months. We completed our first full academic year and its been very well received by the students. The only draw back is that many students dont have Office 2007 at home.

    However we have used Onenote primarily as a tool to evidence student work. The tabbed format permits students to structure a units work under one file name rather than many! The screen clip tool is very powerful and quick and the instant reference excellent. Still some formatting challenges but generally thumbs up!

  2. Ray Fleming says:

    Hi Kristian,

    They are using the shared notebooks feature, to allow them to have multiple students using the same notebook – eg for a teacher to share a notebook with all the students in the class.

    I’m just having a video uploaded, and as soon as I have the link, I’ll share that on the blog, as it’ll demonstrate it more clearly.


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