Recently, I created my first OneNote Staff Notebook. I’ve been a personaluser of OneNote for years, but this tool allows the facilitator to create a master notebook with pre-determined sections for users as a powerful collaboration tool. Once I learned about the Staff Notebook, I decided to use it as a tool to deliver our technology professional development for the upcoming school year. After creating the notebook, I was able to add each staff member and a co-owner of the notebook (my lovely media specialist!) and share via a link in OneDrive. You can practice using OneNote Staff Notebooks with this interactive guide.
I selected a few teachers to pilot the notebook first so that we could get a sense of the interaction on both the facilitator’s side and the user side. I was impressed, to say the least. My initial concern was how to know which teachers had actually completed the task. I found that I was able to go in and use the History feature to see the edits to any pages within the notebook. This is especially handy when you have created and are managing notebooks for over 50 people. Viewing the History allowed me to go directly to the pages that had been edited within recent days. I was also able to view edits by author, so I would know exactly who had completed their task and who had not. Brilliant!
Providing feedback was a breeze. I clicked on the page, provided audio feedback, and able to redirect them to other portions of the task that had not yet been completed. Now that the pilot group has tried it out, I will be sharing it with the entire staff next week to complete our PD session on, fittingly, OneNote!
Excited to see how this turns out. Do you use OneNote with your staff? What has been your experience?