Monthly Archives: May 2016

Microsoft OneNote

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If you do a lot of note taking, attend multiple meetings, and collaborate with others on projects, OneNote might proof to be an effective tool.¬†This app can be used almost anywhere: Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome, and Windows, but the Windows version offers more than the Mac version. One of the affordances exclusive to Windows is ‘ink to math’, a tool that converts hand written equations to text.

Tutorials for the following affordances will be designed in due course.

  • How to create multiple, colour-coded notebooks.
  • How to add sections to a notebook
  • How to add pages, with content, to sections
  • How to add screenshots
  • How to add web clips, receipts, images, videos, sketches (touch screen), etc.
  • How to add videos by pasting URL’s
  • How to create, open, share, and print notes (pages).
  • How to convert text in pictures to editable Word or Powerpoint files
  • How to search notes
  • How to integrate smartly with other Office products, such as Word, Excell and Powerpoint
  • How to embed files
  • How to give permission to edit documents
  • How to edit documents in OneNote
  • How to add comments
  • How to get access to notes
  • How to see who have signed into shared files
  • How to be notified on smart watches when notes are added or changed
  • How to use smartphones to shout notes

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5 Tips for using technology more effectively

After investigating a decade of using technology in American context, Molly Zielezinsky provided the following tips with regard to the integration of technology in American schools:

  1. Stop using technology for remediation
  2. Allow students to create their own content
  3. Pick tools that promote interactivity and discovery
  4. Honour students as experts, let them share their expertise with an authentic audience
  5. Find the right blend of teacher and technology

By following this route, the four main 21st century skills can be promoted, namely:

  • Communication: sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions
  • Collaboration: working together to reach a goal, putting talent, expertise, and smart to work
  • Critical thinking: looking at problems in a new way and linking learning across subjects and disciplines
  • Creativity: trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation and invention.

For more information, please read the article online. Molly also shared a presentation on the digital learning ecosystem.