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A Perfect Storm: A new era arrives in K12 education “With the Tablet PC, Microsoft has created the most powerful, if unsung, platform for the support of education that exists today.” “OneNote is the holy grail of education, a game-changer.” --- Teachers from two schools with 1:1 tablet-per-student deployments Key messages 1. 1:1 will rise dramatically over 1-5 years with new online-only assessment requirements in the U.S. 2. The stylus is heavily used by 1:1 students and teachers and may be required for 2017 assessments. 3. OneNote is a powerful tool in K12 education when used across classes in 1:1 tablet deployments. Key points easily overlooked 1. Not many professions routinely use a stylus or pen to create final product. K12 education is one of them. 2. 2013 really is different, because demand will push tablet prices down dramatically within a year or two. Setting the scene On March 28, 2013, bids were due on contracts to provide 630,000 stylus-enabled devices over 18 months to the Los Angeles Unified School District. Schools across the United States are rushing to adopt the Common Core standards in mathematics and language arts that 45 states agreed to. Annual student assessments will be online-only in 2014-2015 and could require stylus use by 2017. Cycling kids through computer labs for online assessment in the testing window won’t be practical in large schools, and students will fare better in online testing with more online experience, hence the shift to 1:1, where each student has a personal portable device used in classes in school and at home, on field trips, and so forth. Rapidly expanding demand through contracts such as LAUSD’s will accelerate the decline in tablet PC prices. The shift to Common Core pedagogy, which emphasizes “21st century” skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, personalized and project-based learning, adds to the existing challenges faced by teachers and students. Technology can simplify and amplify pedagogy. For example, in a “station rotation” model, one-third of a class might work on exercises on a bank of computers with adaptive software that matches problems to a student’s performance, one-third on collaborative efforts overseen by a teaching aide, while one-third get a lecture or individual attention from the teacher; then they rotate. Another approach is the “flipped classroom”: Prior to class students watch a video lecture (from Khan Academy, VideoNerd, Discovery Learning, etc.). Class time is spent solving problems and interacting. This blends the massive open online course (MOOC) university concept with traditional face-to-face education. These approaches are not mutually exclusive. Together with the coming wave of 1:1 device deployments and Common Core, education will unquestionably be transformed. Low-end devices such as Kindles or iPads are used primarily for content consumption. This can eliminate the need to carry books. But schools have demonstrated that when every student and teacher carries a networked tablet with a physical keyboard and active digitizing styluses, the capability for addressing 21st century challenges explodes. Schools have been among the most paper-based of environments. Students carry large notebooks with sections for each class. Homework and quizzes are collected, marked, returned—a major time sink. The rising use and creation of audio and video content does not mesh with physical notebooks. The central point of this whitepaper is that when properly configured in a 1:1 tablet deployment, Microsoft OneNote has proven to be extraordinarily well-suited for classroom use in the 21st century. It wasn’t designed with this use in mind, but schools with thoughtful deployments describe it as “the holy grail of education.” 1:1 deployments have been few, but we have learned from the pioneers who succeeded. This document identifies such lessons—teachers and students have identified a breathtaking range of activities and efficiencies when they use networked devices equipped with a stylus and OneNote, which is free for education with Office 365. Not every teacher will embrace technology, but the benefits increase as more do—students get more experience, teachers share techniques, and everyone finds and invents new uses. A 1:1 school OneNote deployment A Teacher’s OneNote Notebook as he examines a student’s notes This is the Humanities G course OneNote notebook of Martin, a (real) teacher in a school with a 1:1 tablet deployment. Links to student notebooks for that class are on the left (Babb, Blackburn, etc.). He has selected Gentile’s (pronounced “Jen-tilly,”) so her seven Sections appear at the top. For example, ONE MIN WRITE has class writing exercises. Martin selected the Religion section, which contains four Pages (documents) listed on the right. He selected “Class Notes.” The other pages are study guides and a digitized book chapter that she pasted in. Her OneNote pages are repositories for handwritten and typed input, PDF and word documents, slides, spreadsheets, images, and links to audio, video, and web sites. A school-wide deployment requires OneNote Notebook construction on a scale rarely if ever seen elsewhere. Consider a high school with 1200 students, each taking 7 classes, and 100 teachers, each Humanities teacher Martin’s class G Notebook. Martin selects student a student’s Notebook… … then the “Religion” Section tab… … and finally her “Class Notes” Page. teaching five. On the first day of the term, to give each student one Notebook per class, 8400 Notebooks must be set up. Each teacher has one per class, 500 more, with one entry per enrolled student linked to the student’s notebook, 8400 entries. Teachers can access their students’ Notebooks, whereas student access is restricted. Each student Notebook has multiple sections. Some teachers ask for standard sections (e.g., Class Notes, Homework, Quiz-Test, Lab). In the first week or two, tens of thousands of sections will be created, each to accumulate multiple pages of content. Schools have relied on physical student notebooks, teacher grade books, assignments that are distributed, and homework exercises that are completed, turned in, marked, and returned. Technology can help manage this and expand to include media beyond paper. Most students in U.S. grades 6-12 carry heavy textbooks and one or more physical notebooks with tabs for 5-7 courses. A tablet can hold the textbooks and replace the physical notebooks. Reading textbooks digitally is convenient but not revolutionary. Education is transformed, however, when every student and teacher accesses a device at school and home that also allows the production, sharing, and viewing of written notes, typed text, audio, and video; provides access to the expanding wealth of free and low-cost educational tools and content on the Web; and supports communication and collaboration, facilitating creativity and project-based education. In the example, Martin can mark on Gentile’s Class Notes and she has immediate access to the feedback. He can then click on the next student and continue through the class. Without exchanging paper, teachers can mark, grade, and review individual assignments or quizzes, or entire notebooks. Given the efficiencies for students and teachers, why isn’t this better known? Device-per-student deployments are still rare—we are on the leading edge of a rapidly-approaching wave. Some existing 1:1 deployments are of devices that are primarily useful for content consumption. The most successful deployments we have seen utilize not only OneNote and a physical keyboard but also a stylus with an active digitizer, which is far more useful than low-resolution capacitive touch devices such as the iPad. Another issue is the setup effort required to create the notebook structure. A school must take this on at the beginning of a term rather than leave it to teachers and students to implement. Experience shows that the benefits increase substantially as more classes use these tools. Students become more adept, versatile and creative with them. Teachers share techniques. A stylus becomes a powerful device, well worth the bother of keeping track of it. It is easy to underestimate the value of a stylus because in most disciplines, handwriting or sketching may be used early in a work process but is not part of the final product. In a few fields it is—and education is one of them. The stylus Next we cover stylus use by teachers—in class, to ‘flip’ classes, and for marking—and student uses. Experienced educators stress the difference between a high precision, active digitizing stylus and the low- resolution, capacitive touch capability of devices such as the iPad and Surface RT, even when used with a capacitive stick. Touch has its uses, notably in navigation, but a stylus is far more powerful when writing text or equations, highlighting, sketching, drawing, and so forth. 1. Classroom teaching. Some speakers use laser pointers, but adult audiences can generally identify the slide content that a speaker is emphasizing and follow along. In education, guiding students visually is crucial. K-12 teachers did not write out notes once and hand them out year after year; they wrote on a whiteboard or blackboard each time they lectured, pausing for emphasis, underlining, circling, drawing arrows—elaborating in ways not needed with adult audiences. Today, teachers with a stylus and projector can do this—and need not even turn their back on the students as they write! 2. Flipping a class. Traditionally much classroom time is spent listening to lectures. The simplicity of recording audio and inking while stepping through slides, and then sharing the presentation via OneNote for students to view at home, has led teachers, even those with few technical skills, to flip classrooms. As they record “screencast” presentations, teachers use a stylus to underline, circle, create arrows or annotations. This provides an intimate feel as teachers focuses on the aspects of the content that they know will guide their students. Students the watch the lecture before class, freeing class time for clarification, interaction, and individual or collaborative exercises. 3. Marking papers. Teachers report that cycling through students in OneNote to mark and grade homework and quizzes takes one-third as long, preserving time to interact with students (and saving trees).Teachers can instantly review a student’s work for the year to check progress, or in a parent- teacher conference. This incredible efficiency is by itself enough to motivate some schools to undertake the hierarchic folder and access permissions structure for OneNote Notebook management. 4. Student uses. Students can write, sketch, annotate, draw, and highlight text. Computers facilitate trial- and-error learning: Erasing digital ink is much easier than erasing marks on paper. A map or figure can be traced by stylus over the tablet, with the resulting image duplicated and reused for mark-up. If space runs out, digital paper can be extended indefinitely horizontally or vertically. Like teachers who screencast to flip classes, students can create presentations or record explanations as they solve problems. An expanding library of impressive free or low-cost software can be used, such Paint.net. (Some available resources are listed on the last page.) OneNote as a mashable super-wiki—that provides unprecedented control and transparency. Students and teachers routinely save or print other documents to OneNote, including spreadsheets, Powerpoint decks, PDF and Word documents, scanned bitmaps, DyKnow files, even Google Docs output. Everything can be annotated by hand or voice, combined, and reused. Audio for foreign language exercises and video links to Khan Academy, student-produced, or other video are easily inserted. Materials distributed via email or LMS is copied into OneNote. A tablet can be a platform for educational simulation games. Collaboration and project work is natural for students familiar with sharing Notebooks and recording voice, webcam video, and ink. And hovering over all of this is the clean visibility and access where appropriate to teachers, administrators, other students, and parents. With OneNote and the spreading use of tablet PCs in 1:1 deployments, no competitor rivals Microsoft in K12 education support. The ease of importing and exporting content to OneNote pages allows schools to use Office in close concert with other tools, such as DyKnow, Moodle, and myriad free and 3rd party apps. The shared OneNote framework is described by some school administrators and teachers as “the holy grail of education” because it simplifies and amplifies all of their pedagogical endeavors: collaboration, personalized instruction, peer review, formative assessment, alternate forms of assessment, and showing a student’s process. OneNote becomes a fully mashable super-wiki that accepts text, ink, images, audio, video, files, or any combination without any file structure or steep learning curve. OneNote removes constraints and lets each user employ the modality that fits the task on a digital piece of paper. Final note Asked what she would like to see technology provide students, a San Antonio biology teacher led with “a digital scrapbook for their high school years.” As used in some schools, OneNote delivers this. And it’s a tool that parents learn about from their kids—use can spread from elementary school into workplaces. (created digitally by a student to illustrate her story) Some Online Resources Paint.net Fresh Paint for Windows 8 or Windows RT ArtRage Free Demo version of 4.0, free version of 2.0 can be found PDF Annotator Useful app, one copy expensive but very substantial bulk discounts possible for schools Community Clips Simple screencasting of Powerpoint lectures, may require Windows 7 Movie Maker Create, edit, publish videos FluidMath Stylus-driven math tool, free trial (licenses expensive, may be volume discount) Project Gutenberg ebooks Hathi Trust 3 million digital books in the public domain Ted talks Over a thousand stirring lectures Khan Academy – and don’t forget that the MOOCs are coming! YouTube, Wikipedia, and many other incredibly useful albeit not 100% reliable sites DyKnow Classroom management software Videos showing school OneNote use Whitfield School (14 min.) Rob Baker of Cincinnati Country Day School at WIPTTE 2013 (49 min., worth it) For more information contact Jonathan Grudin stantly review a student’s work for the year to check progress, or in a parent- teacher conference. This incredible efficiency is by itself enough to motivate some schools to undertake the hierarchic folder and access permissions structure for OneNote Notebook management. 4. Student uses. Students can write, sketch, annotate, draw, and highlight text. Computers facilitate trial- and-error learning: Erasing digital ink is much easier than erasing marks on paper. A map or figure can be traced by stylus over the tablet, with the resulting image duplicated and reused for mark-up. If space runs out, digital paper can be extended indefinitely horizontally or vertically. Like teachers who screencast to flip classes, students can create presentations or record explanations as they solve problems. An expanding library of impressive free or low-cost software can be used, such Paint.net. (Some available resources are listed on the last page.) OneNote as a mashable super-wiki—that provides unprecedented control and transparency. Students and teachers routinely save or print other documents to OneNote, including spreadsheets, Powerpoint decks, PDF and Word documents, scanned bitmaps, DyKnow files, even Google Docs output. Everything can be annotated by hand or voice, combined, and reused. Audio for foreign language exercises and video links to Khan Academy, student-produced, or other video are easily inserted. Materials distributed via email or LMS is copied into OneNote. A tablet can be a platform for educational simulation games. Collaboration and project work is natural for students familiar with sharing Notebooks and recording voice, webcam video, and ink. And hovering over all of this is the clean visibility and access where appropriate to teachers, administrators, other students, and parents. With