I’ve mentioned to folks before how our students and teachers share notebooks in science (lab notebooks) and math (math notes and assignments). Students create shared OneNote notebooks in their “portfolio” folders on the server (to which only they and individual teachers have full permissions) so that students can complete and hand in work electroncially. We had to work out a few bumps, specifically file caching in Novell, but overall it’s gone quite well.
There’s another sort of notebook sharing users can do less formally with OneNote – LiveSharing. LiveShare can be done across a network or via the Internet. I’d tested the former a few weeks ago. Shortly thereafter, some of our students figured it out Last night, with the help of @ehelfant, a colleague at another independent school which recently started a 1-1 tablet program, I was able to test it. In a nutshell, you do the following:
- Launch OneNote
- Navigate to the notebook/page/section you wish to share
- In the File Menu, go to Share –>Sharing Session –> Start Sharing Current Section
- Set a session password and select Start Sharing Session
- You now have a few options. If you “invite participants”, you can send an email to friends to join the session. If you click on Shared Address Information, you’ll receive an IP address that you can IM, email, or Twitter other users of OneNote.
- Ink away. We noticed that audio/video didn’t transfer well. There was also a slight lag – will depend on your speed of connection.
This would be a great way to do peer review across a network or to do any collaborative project. It would also be well-supplemented with audio feedback, so something like Skype would be useful.
If you’re a user of OneNote, it’s definitely worth trying. Tweet me if you want to play