Beth Tallett, a Year 1 teacher, wrote the following post on how she used OneNote to capture children’s evaluation of the recent Enchanted Kingdom topic.
“The children thought about what they had learnt over the last few weeks and then as a class we answered the evaluation using OneNote online. Both classes were given the same questions so as to compare responses and OneNote made it easier to collate the children’s thoughts and ideas. The class thought about how they could improve the The Enchanted Kingdom film and I was really surprised at their mature ideas. One child said the it could be improved by “dressing up as explorers again because we have actually been explorers, exploring the ‘Mercurial Waters’ “.
Another child said “it would have been nice to include some drumming in the film because we did some drumming in the workshop on the first day”.
It showed me that the children had a clear learning journey and had made links between all of the things we have done this term.
Furthermore, I feel the ‘Enchanted Kingdom’ has inspired the children to be more curious and adventurous learners, with 16 children wanting to now visit Africa. When the children were asked this question at the beginning of the topic only ‘7’ children wanted to go.
Over the past week, the children of Year 5 have been using O365 to present research they collated through the recent survey on perceptions of Africa. http://microsoft.simondesenlisblogs.org/2015/06/26/enchanted-kingdom-africa-immersion-making-a-dent-in-the-universe-with-Microsoft/
In particular, they have focused on using PowerPoint online which, at first, I though was no different to the programme you find on your desktop. However it did not take long for the children of Einstein Class to discover the unique functions and how it could help them to complete their work more efficiently.
The outline of their task was to create three slides: One which detailed the outcomes of the survey, one that provided statistics to support this outcome and lastly, one to showcase alternative options to help change the perception of people. Children were grouped into threes and without prompted, started to create their final outcome. Five minutes into the lesson it was clear that three children working around one device was no productive and therefore groups were asked to share their original document with all members of the group. This was a turning point in the lesson. Within minutes, children were working on individual devices on the same presentation. Notifications were shown when other individuals were editing a page and identified by colours linked to users (see image below). A very handy feature which has transformed my use of PowerPoint in the classroom!