There are many benefits of using OneNote as a student organiser:
- It's a central place for recording ideas/responses, collecting research and storing digital creations
- As they can be collaborative it provides greater visibility between student and teacher, including to opportunity for feedback.
- Notebooks can be stored in the cloud, so the dog definitely won't be able to reach it!
- Develop self-regulation skills, crucial for the 21st Century
Why not encourage your students get into the habit of using a personal OneNote stored in their OneDrive in Office 365 with these 5 useful section ideas for their School Life 2015 OneNote:
My Timetable: If your school is like mine students will be provided with an individual timetable. Storing it in OneNote means they can access it easily without having to login to into too many different places. Students INSERT a digital version by inserting a FILE PRINTOUT in OneNote.
Homework Planner: Insert a table and develop a homework routine/schedule. Ask your students to reflect on their school week and shade areas where they have extra-curricular or family commitments followed by spaces available to tick off things on their homework 'To-Do list'.
Term Goals: The beginning of a each terms always feels like a new opportunity to reset focus for the learning ahead. Using graphic organisers is a great way to prompt critically thinking and for students to reflect on their strengths and weakness as well as talking on feedback from their teachers or peers. You can create templates in OneNote such as the Fish Bone diagram below using shapes in the Draw tab.
Reflection Journal: Keeping a log of learning, a reading log or gratitude journal. Don't limit them to just writing about it. Students love using the Audio & Video recording tools to create podcasts and video recordings. The great thing about it is they are stored in their OneNote and they can use the files later for remix and create.
Research: Section Group - you might create a Research section, Brainstorm section and My Ideas section. You can keep these blank and students can add to them as they need. One neat OneNote trick is when you are browsing the web through Internet Explorer you can copy and paste text or images from any website. When you paste them into OneNote is will bring a live link with it so you can go back to it next time. I wish I had this when I was at University and needed to keep a reference/source list.
Comment below: How do you use OneNote to keep your students organised at school?