"Using Class Notebook in Teams for Organized Class Materials, Student Notes, and Assignments" - Hillary Einziger
From Hillary Einziger on November 3rd, 2020
Presenter: Hillary Einziger, Educator Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Title: Using Class Notebook in Teams for Organized Class Materials, Student Notes, and Assignments
Description: Class Notebook, used in conjunction with Microsoft Teams, can be used to distribute materials to students, help students keep their work and notes organized, and combine multiple types of learning materials (text, videos, quizzes, assignments, interactive materials, and so on) in one place, and even on one page. Instructors can use OneNote to distribute class materials, and students can then take notes directly on those pages. Class materials stay organized, and students don't need to worry about losing pages or not being able to find a file that was posted "somewhere." Students can also add their own pages to their notebook, with notes or other materials.
Abstract: Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams allows instructors to present class materials and assignments in an organized way, and for students to interact with these materials and make them their own. As we transferred a previously flipped Applied Calculus class into an online class, I've used Class Notebook to distribute what had previously been paper handouts -- for each module day (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), students see an introduction and mini lecture videos in Canvas. In a dedicated section of their Class Notebook, each student receives a notebook page with outline video notes for them to fill in as they watch. Students also receive a problem packet for each day (which had previously been the in-class portion of the flipped class), and they can use OneNote and a tablet to write out their solutions directly on the digital page. These pages all stay within their notebooks so that they can easily access them for review. The same system could be used for classes with PDF handouts of reading material, allowing the students to highlight, underline, and take notes directly on the page, while keeping all the pages organized within the section structure designed by the instructor. The Content Library section of the notebook contains material that I can edit, but students can only view. There's a section there for solutions to the problem packets. I use Microsoft Stream to make videos of myself working through the solutions and explaining my work, and then embed those videos directly in the OneNote page, so that students can read through the written solutions and then immediately click on the video if they want to see a more in-depth explanation. I also use the Content Library for blank copies of all the handouts -- if a student accidentally deletes one or it didn't distribute properly, they can always copy one from there into their personal section and start editing it. The Content Library also contains a section of how-to videos and links, showing how to access the various course materials, how to use Casio calculators for the functions we use in this class (we use TI calculators in all our demonstrations, but a few students have Casios), some best practices for getting the most out of Teams and OneNote, and so on. There's also a collaboration space section of the Class Notebook, and students can use that when showing their work to other students within small group meetings or chats, or to keep all the materials for group projects in one place. Students can add their own pages and sections to their notebooks, and use them for notes, or for keeping track of research projects, or for any other materials that they feel they want to keep with their class materials. Class Notebook can also be used for distributing and submitting assignments. I haven't used it in this way, because assignments aren't currently available for classes with more than 200 students, but it's a good way to keep things organized so that students can clearly see the assignments that go along with each section of material, and submit their assignments directly from their notebooks. The grades for these submitted assignments will be recorded within Teams, and can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. Using Class Notebook in this way does require that students have a way to use the "draw" tool within OneNote. It's possible to do this on a laptop trackpad, but it's tedious. If a student already has a tablet (like an iPad or Surface or Galaxy Tab), then I recommend that they use that plus a stylus for writing on their Class Notebook pages. If they don't have one, then there's a graphics tablet that I recommend (which I've been using myself for several months) which costs about $40, as a relatively inexpensive way to get the full functionality of OneNote. If a student does not want to purchase anything new, then I recommend that they print out the PDF files and write on the paper, and then keep those papers in a binder so that they'll have them available for studying.Click here to return to the Virtual Conference Agenda page.