OneNote Notebooks- Writer’s Portfolio

 Screencast Movie of OneNote Writer’s Portfolio

I’ve heard a great deal about OneNote and how powerful it is, but never really known where to start with mastering OneNote as a learning tool. So this Semester, I worked with some year 4 writers to develop a OneNote Notebook that would chronicle their journeys as writers.  The students inserted:

  • Examples of inspiring mentor texts
  • Reflections (including survey answers) about themselves as writers
  • Student work samples in poetry that show the drafting, conferencing and editing process
  • Peer feedback
  • Videos of personal poetry readings
  • Illustrations showing personal responses to poetry

Some particularly powerful aspects of the OneNote Writer’s Portfolio were the annotations and links. Students highlighted and commented on aspects of their work, to demonstrate areas where they had learnt a new skill or grappled with an idea. They then used links within the document to connect examples of learning across time. The OneNote Notebook was a particularly powerful tool for learning, as it allowed the students to tell a story about themselves and their personal learning journey. Students learnt to articulate and reflect upon their learning and to show examples of growth. Next year, we will be using OneNote Writing Portfolios to demonstrate learning in writing across the year.

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Supporting the Author Cycle with Microsoft Word Features


I wanted my students to fully appreciate the importance of stages of the Author Cycle for their writing process and Microsoft Word was the perfect tool to hone their understandings.

In a unit of work on poetry, my students used Microsoft Word to follow through the Author Cycle. They:

  • Generated & Planned Poetry Ideas
  • Drafted- using “Track Changes” to show decision making and editing choices.
  • Conferenced and Edited- Using “Comments” to give and receive effective feedback from others.
  • Publishing- Making presentation decisions, including formatting .

Students improved in their writing, as well as their ability to reflect upon their writing process. They developed the Metalanguage to talk effectively about writing choices through the author journey.


Using Comments in Word to Examine Poetry


Comments in Word to Examine Poetry with Great Effect.

There is an amazingly powerful poem by Kit Wright, called the “The Magic Box” (Thanks Amesha for the referral), which is incredibly inspiring to children and seems to operate on levels at which adults and children can appreciate.

We read the poem as a class and wove a little magic into the Magic Box mythology, with our own mysterious box that was sitting tantalisingly at the front of the room. Children used the Comments features of Word to highlight and note their thoughts and wonderings about the poem. They combined versions to compare their thoughts/observations with other students. This could be done to an even greater effect with Office 365 and a live Word Doc.


Why Digital?

Using a collaborative document allows students to see and respond to the ideas of other students in the class. They garner new ideas and are challenged by other perspectives. They also come to see that everyone responds differently to poetry and is impacted by different language and ideas. It’s a personal response.