There’s a lot to learn about OneNote. And like many things, the more you learn about it, the more likely (and able) you are to embrace it as a useful teaching and learning tool. Described as a digital 3-ring binder, or the Swiss Army Knife of note-taking, OneNote has any features designed with education in mind.
1. Distribute content to students
2. Present engaging content
3. Manage group work and collaboration
4. View evidence of learning
5. Give students feedback Continue reading
Brain breaks can be great to use after transition times (ie. after recess), when your students are restless, or when students are struggling to pay attention. If you’re introducing these activities to your class for the first time, I’d recommend starting with activities that have limited movement, minimal physical contact and simple rules. Then, progressively increase these factors over time. I’m also a big believer in a quick game being a good game. Don’t play a game to death – call it quits while people are still enjoying it. This leaves them wanting more and means you can reuse brain breaks over the year (see if students can perform ‘better’ the second/third time round). Continue reading
Feedback has a significant effect on student learning and has been described as “the most powerful single moderator that enhances achievement” (Hattie, 1999). One of the great things about OneNote is that there is many different ways to leave feedback on student work and assignments. Here are two handy feedback TOOLS and seven different feedback TECHNIQUES you might find useful. Continue reading
I think teachers sometimes assume students just know stuff about tech’. Like they somehow just know how to use a device properly. Or, they know how to learn with it.
I liken it to teaching someone how to swim. You wouldn’t start in the deep end right? You’d start in the shallow end, or maybe even the baby pool. You’d give a lot of direction and a lot of support and a lot of positive encouragement.
With this in mind, here are five quick OneNote tips to pass onto students with iPads. Continue reading
A lesson hook is an introduction or opening into a lesson that grabs the students attention. It isn’t necessary to use a hook for every lesson and they don’t have to take up a big chunk of your instructional time. Here are 10 lesson hook ideas for OneNote on iPads: Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with a couple of Phys Ed teachers and explore tech integration in Health and Physical Education. We’d arranged to meet at a high school near their own to discuss, explore, observe and brainstorm together. We squeezed a lot into four and a half hours. Thought I’d share some of … Continue reading
One of my fav middle school Phys Ed units is based around jump rope. To summarise the unit really briefly: students are taught some basic skills and safety pointers, then put into pairs and challenged to create a routine to music incorporating a set list of skills. Students ‘peer teach’ themselves the set list of skills by viewing task cards and watching videos, … Continue reading