Over the past few weeks, I've been collaborating with an 8th grade English teacher to teach her students about website credibility, ethical use, and bibliographies in preparation for a nine-week study on Georgia authors. Yesterday we finished our last lesson with her students. We started the lesson by discussing why teachers ask students to cite, why students feel tempted to plagiarize, types of plagiarism, and how to manually cite a webpage. We ended the hour by starting work on a bibliography, which I will grade. It was a very full day! The students learned a lot and (hopefully!) left feeling more confident about their upcoming author study. I plan to use this lesson and its materials to document Tasks 2 and 3, so I'll save the details for a more in-depth explanation on my Five Roles pages.
I want to take a few minutes to talk about OneNote class notebooks, which I used to deliver digital materials to students and to guide them through instruction. Although teachers' use of OneNote is not required at my school, I would say that the vast majority of faculty for grades 7 and up do use this method... because it's so fabulous. If I were still a classroom teacher, I would absolutely be using OneNote class notebooks every day, in all of my classes. It's a Microsoft program that allows teachers to set up a notebook for each class that delivers materials digitally to students (like notes pages, handouts, and worksheets). These digital notebooks also have a separate space for student work, so teachers can grade assignments right there within the notebook. Class notebooks simultaneously eliminate the paper chaos and allow teachers to give immediate feedback. Students can even time stamp their work.
We've put quite a bit of time and effort into getting both teachers and students ready to use OneNote and class notebooks, but every minute has been worth it. This tool has revolutionized learning at my school.