This week in my OneNote English adventures…
I’m still trying to convince my students, particularly my art afficionados, that OneNote is an amazing tool for graphic drawing. So when I said, “Your OneNote is a sketchbook- use it!” for one of the activities this week, my artists looked at me a bit skeptical.
Let me explain.
Some of my classroom activities involve creating a graphic organizer of sorts; this week it was to create a visual infographic that demonstates gothic elements in the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. I started small- you can use any platform. Paper, pen, marker, computer, performance- any and all modes were available to them. Much to my dismay, most of them chose paper, pen, marker, crayon.
Now, while I don’t fault anyone for this (I love the feel of a gel pen on a moleskin myself), in the process of trying to convince the students that OneNote is much more viable and much more than a simple organizational tool, I was failing. On one hand, I was getting good work:
On the other hand, they weren’t realizing they could transfer the same techinique to OneNote. In fact, this is what happened when I told them to think about doing their graphic digitally:
Admittedly, not a bad start, but not quite the same as the first attempt.
Part of this is that we are a bring-your-own-device school. I was asking girls who didn’t have a surface to work with the draw function and a mouse. I was also expecting girls who hardly ever touched a surface to fight at the opportunity to use mine-many remain unconvinced it could do the same thing. I did have three takers though. Here is the beginning of a different “The Black Cat”:
After watching and seeing P. create this, I turned over at least six. Only time will see if those six establish a sketchbook via OneNote. I’m at least happy they are fascinated by the Surface computer.
So, while I have convinced five of six in my department to switch to OneNote and two in the History department, I’ve still got some ways to go with my students. Ultimately, I think a rotating set of Surfaces, a classroom set so to speak, might be the best route. Now, I just have to find the money…..
Hang tight, my teacher friends. I promised a OneNote present soon- it’s coming, and I still have yet to tell you about the Socratic Circle done in OneNote!