Paperless education from Microsoft.
Pupils at Monkseaton high school, Tyne and Wear, which is sponsored by Microsoft, are currently testing a new way of learning.
Head teacher Paul Kelley is using this Facebook-style social networking software to allow pupils to study from home. It is currently being trialled for GCSE English and IT. All they have to do is log on, at set times, complete work that has been set, make comment on books and share their thoughts with other pupils. Teachers can then see who has completed their work, set new tasks and more importantly see who are bunking off from their "lessons".
Microsoft apparently plan to offer the software to all schools in Britain. No doubt this will be licensed to each computer and created a massive revenue for Microsoft.
If schools are to remain closed after the summer holidays to prevent the spread of swine flu then this software would allow pupils to continue their studies. At the moment 60% of those affected with swine flu are under 19.
Paul Kelley is quoted " If they do shut the schools this could allow teenagers to have a social life even while they learn without putting themselves at risk"
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OneNote 2007 helps you gather, organize, find, and share your notes and information—including typed or handwritten text, pictures, graphics, photos, and audio/video recordings—in one place, and how team members can work together more effectively by using shared notebooks.