Linking OneNote and Teacher Dashboard- exciting updates

Network members will know that at St. Paul’s we’ve been working with Teacher Dashboard as a way of improving marking and feedback, particularly with homework tasks.  It has been quite successful in engaging pupils and saving staff time when marking.

That’s why it is great to see that Teacher Dashboard is one of the supported Learning Management Systems for Class Notebooks in OneNote.  Find out more by using this tutorial video.  I can’t wait to give this a try!

St. Paul’s ‘Back To Basics’ 365 workshop

Communication, Collaboration & Participation

St. Paul’s Catholic School had a ‘Back to Basics’ workshop for staff, which was an opportunity to review the basic use of 365.  We concentrated on Teaching and Learning strategies using

Teacher Dashboard, pupil use of email, Video and One Drive.

Some of the strategies we’ll be trying out in our classrooms over the next few weeks include…

 

  • Encouraging pupil collaboration and independent learning through the use of email questions.  You can use simple 365 tools like email to encourage students to ask questions to each other, research answers and check each other’s work.
  • Collaborative writing.  Using One Drive to create a shared document is a great way to complete collaborative writing tasks, either whole class or with groups in the class for differentiation.  It also is a great way of simply tracking and encouraging peer assessment.  By using the projector, the editor flags make it easy for all to see who is contributing (and keep pupils on task!)
  • Use of video for flipped learning.  Using 365 video for homework means that pupils can come to the lesson having already watched the key extracts, saving precious lesson time.
  • Use of Teacher Dashboard to improve marking and feedback. By setting and marking work on Teacher Dashboard, we will have all feedback for a class on a single document, allowing for quick interventions or extension tasks to respond to the feedback, this time through the use of groups within the class.

 

Open Education Resources available from this workshop:

The City of Leicester College – Office365/SharePoint Project

 

Communication, Collaboration & Participation

The City of Leicester College is looking to move much of its Team storage and collaboration spaces to SharePoint. We have already moved our email system to Office 365, and started to develop some useful online learning resources in some subject areas. Some staff are already making use of OneDrive as their primary storage area, and are using this to share work with each other and their students.

Two years ago, thc College used some innovation funding to help develop this further and to create useful learning resources for the Mathematics Faculty.  We are now ready for the next phase of development, which is to move our entire staff team away from using local network drives to store and share their work, and to make OneDrive and SharePoint Sites the primary repository for all our work.

There are many advantages to this approach for us as a college over the present situation, but mostly:

• One place for all our resources – no need to duplicate work to a separate VLE.

• Resources available anywhere on any device.

• Move to cloud computing lessens our reliance on onsite servers and technicians, prior to end of current ICT Support Contract.

• Streamlined workflows and better communication between staff teams and with students.

However, it is a massive undertaking and will require thoughtful implementation and plenty of training and development for staff. We have already begun to plan out the project and have a detailed timeline and costings for the first two phases. We have engaged a developer to help us think through this transition and to provide useful tools, support and training.

The project has been broken down into 4 main phases, the first two of which have already been developed in some detail:

Phase 1 – Design and branding, Information Architecture, Portal

A set of style sheets (css) and associated resources will be developed to allow for the presentation of the SharePoint sites using the college’s ‘brand’ values and preferred look-and-feel.  A set of content presentation options utilising Client Side Rendering (CSR) JavaScript techniques will be developed to allow for the re-rendering of standard SharePoint Web Parts.  Site and library templates will be created as a part of the definition along with a navigational model. Access and content opportunity permissions (read, write, edit) to defined areas will be advised as a part of this stage. PowerShell scripts developed to automatically deploy multiple sites from template definitions.

An alternative to the current MY-SCHOOL portal interface will be developed, supporting an extended single sign-on model to college applications where such an interaction can be supported.

Phase 2 – MIS integration and homework system

This phase provides for a first level of integration with the Management Information System (MIS) to automatically create staff and student timetables within each user’s Outlook calendar, and the automated creation of class security groups for use with Apps such as Teacher/Student Dashboard to support a full homework and assignment workflow.  The MIS-365 integration will be delivered through the installation and configuration of the SalamaderSoft AD integration middleware.

Teacher Dashboard Plus will be installed and configured to all teaching staff to assign, manage and track homework.

Phase 3 – Content migration

Migrate existing teaching resources from local storage into Office365/SharePoint

Phase 4 – Parent Portal

Develop a portal for parents to keep track of their child’s progress on homework tasks, coursework etc.

 

Digital Literacy

We are looking to move our admin and support teams over to SharePoint early in the project to pilot workflows, shared documents and to start populating it with key organisational information. Much of the initial training will be aimed at supporting this transition, and hence the key DigiLit strands we are looking to develop within these staff teams are:

• Creating and Sharing
• Communication, Collaboration & Participation

However, with a project with such a scope as this, all six strands will be touched on and we will need to ensure staff are adequately prepared to meet the challenges.

The way files are handled within SharePoint is very different from a more traditional hierarchical structure on a network drive, and Entry level staff in particular may struggle with the changes to working practices around shared documents. We need to ensure that staff fully understand this new paradigm as well as the basic skills of creating and sharing files with others.