OneNote in the classroom

February 11, 2017

I know it has been a long time since I have “blogged” – some of that was because of having another child, getting another job, etc.

This blog, as you can probably tell by the title, has to do with Technology. A little over two years ago, I started teaching a Cisco Network Technician and Associate class (teaching to the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician/Cisco Certified Network Associate certifications).

This has been a learning experience for both myself and the students. If I am frank, I believe most of the learning has been on my part. These students over the past almost-three years have touched my life in wonderful and profound ways. They drive me to be better all the time. The better I am at instructing them, the more successful they are – and for some of them, if they earn their certification, it might change their family tree.

Going back to the topic of the blog – I am going to try something new. I am going to try using OneNote on my Microsoft Surface Pro 4 to help instruct my students. I purchased a headset with a noise-canceling microphone, set up OneNote 2016, and am going to attempt using my pen and microphone to teach.

One of the hardest subjects I teach in my class is subnetting – this is where you take networks of any size and shrink them, so-to-speak. It deals very heavily with binary conversions, and students need to be very comfortable in subnetting for their certification. I hope that, using OneNote, students can play back my “lecture” at their own pace and time, so that if they were to miss a class, or miss a step in the process, they can repeat what I say or do.

Being frank again – I didn’t realize until I started recording myself…I’m a hick. I don’t think I’ve ever really listened to myself. I sound country in my lecture. Which is all fine and good – maybe it’ll help the students stay awake while listening to it.

I’ll do my best to get back on here and give an update – and to also just get back to blogging in general. This is good stuff.