This week I am delivering CPD on ICT in the classroom and one of the topics I’m considering is the use of MS OneNote in conjunction with the IWB. There are a number of reasons why I’m not particularly keen on the SMART software. Firstly, in my institution we have two different makes of IWB which means that the SMART Board software which I previously used no longer works in some classrooms. Secondly, I don’t have the software on my home computer which means that anything I want to prepare on the IWB has to be done at work. I discovered that Microsoft OneNote has a series of drawing and pen tools which make it perfect when used in conjunction with the IWB. Admittedly, you can’t incorporate flash animation in the same was as you can using the SMART software but to be honest, all that I generally do with the IWB software is write on it as if it were a normal whiteboard – anything fancy I do in PowerPoint or other programmes. Here are a few of the benefits of MS OneNote over the SMART software:
- You can synchronise it with your WindowsLive account so you can access your whiteboard notes from any computer.
- All of your IWBs will be saved in the same file.
- It is extremely easy to find a previous lesson which a student may have missed and PDF the notes to send to them.
- You can access your notes through apps on your iPhone.
Why not give it a go!