There are two pillars in the education sector right now, Google and Microsoft.  Google has Google Appsfor Education which is made up of Google Drive (a file system), Google Docs, and a variety of other applications that work relatively well together.  Microsoft, on the other hand, has OneNote Class Notebook… Continue Reading Why Google Apps Must Needs Die

So, Alice Keeler – @alicekeeler– who is an amazing blogger and an incredible resource for those using Google products, posted 60 Ways Math Teachers can use Google Classroom last April.  It came across my desk the other day and, since school hadn’t started yet, I thought it might be a good reflection for me on how… Continue Reading Five reasons to learn Math with OneNote

While at the Bringing-IT-Together conference (one of the best gathering of learners in North America) in November 2015 I had the opportunity to present at a few sessions, mostly on OneNote (of course?) but I also got to work with some folks from Microsoft and, in recognition of being a Microsoft… Continue Reading “So you’ve sold your soul…”

So it’s pretty common that folks use Google Forms to create an automatically graded assessment.  Now, I have to admit, as a mathematics teacher I don’t do a lot of fixed-response assessments like this that need automatic grading.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a useful option. In fact this… Continue Reading Auto-Grading an Office365 Excel Survey Assessment

(So I ran into Minnia Feng, the Community Organizer for the Microsoft Expert Educators when I was in Redmond last month and she mentioned I’d taken her “5 item listicles” by the horns.  Long story short, I believe than when I’m faced with a constraint, I become more creative and… Continue Reading 5 things about the Microsoft Band

Continuing on the Microsoft Expert Educator suggestion to make 5-tips-articles here’s one on Yammer. Yammer is part of Office365 and is free to schools, faculty and students as part of their free Office365 subscriptions.  On first glance, and in general discussion with faculty and students, its best approximation is a… Continue Reading Yammer : 5 reasons to explore a new space

So a colleague posted this on a Yammer conversation the other day and I didn’t want to try to post to it without some explanations, for which Yammer did not provide sufficient space.  And since Microsoft encouraged us to post “5 point articles” I feel constrained to continue in that… Continue Reading Art and #OneNote ? My 5 responses

Microsoft asked if we could put together 5-point tip lists.  As it happens, I had started to scribble down some thoughts on a recent snow day (a Rumspringa for teachers) and never got it completed so while I’m on March Break I have the time to finish it up. This… Continue Reading Top 5 reasons to use #OneNote in your classroom

We’ve had almost four years with our OneNote ClassBinder, having rolled it out to every class from 7 to 12, math to languages to phys-ed every year.  In the first year we had 85% of classes voluntarily use it — that’s the power of handing teachers the open structure of… Continue Reading The 5 Next Steps a Teacher takes with the #OneNoteClass Notebook

So as soon as I posted the previous blog on changing permissions, I was asked how I would create a Digital Portfolio section inside the student’s section; that is, a section that the teacher can add content to but the student can’t change.  (Yes, it’s not the full spirit of… Continue Reading Hacking the OneNote Class Notebook Part II : A digital portfolio