By: Andrew Robertson
Unfortunately for me, like many teachers, getting my hands on extra time is about as likely as getting my hands on gold dust. I have always found myself clinging onto the routines and devices that I know and understand because I rarely have the time to try new things. In my job spending a few hours deciphering a new software is simply not possible. When my friend suggested I try using OneNote I was sceptical purely because I had a million other things to do. But when she made the solemn promise that I would “gain time” I had to give it a go.
Usually intimidated by technology, I couldn’t believe the ease at which I could set up pages and resources for my students. Within minutes I had a page for each of my A level students and a variety of to-do lists under a personal notebook. Suddenly I didn’t find myself confronted with essays as I moved across the school site on break duty and I wasn’t collating them hastily during my lunch time. Everything was in one place. One very straightforward place that I could access anywhere. My workload transformed. It had once felt like I was a slave to my marking, shaping my life to fit each deadline but since using OneNote I now feel that my marking fits itself around me. I now carry less and therefore I can work during any commute. If I’m stuck on a train I have my essays on OneNote. I don’t need to plan to mark- I can just mark. The tabs on the device enable me to structure my feedback in an engaging way. Students recognise when I have a comment, a question or an idea I’d like them to consider.”To read further please click here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2015/07/02/how-i-keep-my-students-engaged-from-atlantec-blog.aspx