Tag: sharepoint

Pretend you’re a teenager

A picture à propos of nothing, except perhaps the recognition of the dying days of a teacher’s summer vacation One of the major aspects of my job (and admittedly, one of my favourites) is finding ways to smooth out wrinkles in our systems.  To find efficiencies.  To save time.  It’s mathematical, really … if I […]

Getting Parents into the Mix : OneNote opens the door

Last year’s introduction of shared OneNote Binders to our school really provided more fluid communication between teacher and student — because there was anytime, anywhere, “any media” access to all of the student and teacher notes there is now a continual flow of contents and comments back and forth.  It’s really starting to reshape assessment […]

On the internet, personne ne sait que tu es un chien!

I have the incredible good fortune to watch a French teacher work over the next month.  She’s taken on the responsibility for a Grade 10 French summer course for students.  The challenge is that she is teaching it online to students here in Canada and overseas, specifically China and Pakistan.  They are all existing students […]

Calendars, the first five of two

As we continue to prepare for the coming academic year (we don’t start classes until the week after Labour Day) I’ve begun to prepare the data for the Faculty. One of the introductions last year was the “Duty Calendar” — who does residential duty each night, both faculty and prefects (student leaders).  In the past, […]

Moving forward with Sharepoint & Word

Well, I’ve nudged some middle managers forward. While OneNote is the major collaborative space that we use here at School, it’s not the most comfortable working environment for folks groomed on Word, Excel and Powerpoint. We have in the past used GoogleDocs for the collaborative building of projects but many people are uncomfortable with the […]

Swimming upstream

Teachers try to be efficient with their use of time; like first responders, teachers are dealing with situations that are often dealt with immediately, in the moment. They want to provide opportunities for students to show their learning, and then provide meaningful feedback, planning and differentiating along the way. Things that get in the way […]

Knowledge is power

One of my biggest goals this year has been to ensure that people have the information they need, when they need it in the form that they find usable. We’ve made some great steps forward using Excel to re-package a lot of the information held by our Student Information service (and held is the operative […]

Starting the sharing process

The School has been trying to leverage OneNote and its sharing and syncing capabilities ever since OneNote was introduced in 2003 … in a 1:1 tablet computer environment it’s a natural fit for both teachers and students. Each page that is created can hold any kind of digital content and can be inked with as […]