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Scribing--using a Tablet PC to facilitate whole-class discussions--is an instructional strategy that Patrick Harless analyzes in the monthly periodical Mathematics Teacher. Harless, an algebra and geometry teacher at Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts, discusses how his students use the inking capability of a Tablet PC and Microsoft OneNote to work through math concepts together. If you’re a math teacher working on lesson plans for geometry classes, you’ve hit the mother lode. Scribing: A Technology-Based Instructional Strategy could be your step-by-step guide for teaching the polygon sum theorem and the third angle theorem with a scribe. For everyone else, the article clearly describes scribing best practices that any teacher could implement. Harless argues that scribing helped his students understand math concepts in a way that they never would by just listening to him lecture. Because the scribe has to interpret what other students are saying, the entire class is responsible for correcting the scribe when they're taking notes in the OneNote notebook. This collaborative effort requires discussion and naturally pushes each student to articulate their thoughts, apply their knowledge, and really understand the concepts being taught.
To draw you further into the discussion, Harless dives into his assessment of scribing as pedagogy. This article is such a great resource for the teaching community that I had to blog about it. And, of course, I love the incorporation of OneNote. Not a math teacher? Check out these examples of how an English teacher incorporated OneNote into her lessons:
If you're new to this technology, watch How Office works on a Table PC touch screen (video).
For more ideas on how you can use OneNote, check out the official Microsoft OneNote blog. Another great resource is the OneNote teacher guide!
Are you using OneNote in the classroom? Leave a comment and let us know why or why not.
Scribing on a tablet pc for algebra, geometry and math it's a new way to use their power.
For school and students in general, this is a new important tryout. If they learn to see tablet pcs like a studying instruments, to learn better and study with ease.
I'm alwyas happy when teachers are trying to bring their students more busy, for learning more.
Thanks and see you soon,
Thanks for your comment, Alessandro. I personally believe that the Tablet PC + OneNote story is really powerful. In fact, we're working on another blog post and supplemental video about a physics teacher in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, using this configuration. Keep an eye out for that next week on The Office Blog.