Office 365 in the Classroom: Brainstorming and Delegating in OneNote Collaboration Space

This entry is part 9 of 7 in the series Office 365 for Educators

Since last semester, I have been using OneNote Class Notebooks with my student help desk class.  Every quarter, students have an individual project and a team-based project (usually a training workshop they perform or a class visit).  This quarter, students are revising the Back to Mac Guide/iBook that I compiled last year for students.  The iBook served as a training resource for new students; a refresher for returning students; and a reference that teachers can point students to when they forget how to do some school-specific tasks (configure a mail client, set up folders for their work, etc.).  This year, it will need some updating as we upgrade to El Capitan on our students’ Macs.

For this individual project, we first needed to brainstorm and identify revisions students would have to make.  Then, students will add their updated content and some interactives to make the iBook engaging.  Using the Collaboration Space in our OneNote Class Notebook, I first made a list of the chapters.  Then, I gave students time to identify in blue an addition and red a deletion or revision.  Using this space allowed us to all look at what revisions needed to be made and then discuss who would take responsibility for what.  It will serve later as a space for posting resources (i.e. links, etc) related to those revisions.  Using a Mac that is imaged with next year’s software, students can then go about taking screenshots in El Capitan for the iBook.

The mobility of the shared space allows us to move quickly from idea generation to assigning.  As you can see in the screenshot below, I also still have an accountability mechanism since OneNote tracks users and puts initials next to the content they edit.  This is a great way to keep students accountable for coming up with a certain number of contributions to a group brainstorm!

In a Class Notebook, we were able to use the Collaborative Space to build a list of sections in our iBook that needed to be edited. Then, we used our initials to take responsibility for a chapter to revise.

In a Class Notebook, we were able to use the Collaborative Space to build a list of sections in our iBook that needed to be edited. Then, we used our initials to take responsibility for a chapter to revise.

Microsoft Self-Paced Training Module

Below is an embedded module that Microsoft developed to help teachers create and understand how to set up OneNote Class Notebooks.

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