The people from Common Craft have introduced a new concept of explanation. With their concept called Paperworks, they explain difficult concepts in “Plain English”. They have been all over the learning blogs in 2007, because of the simplicity and the effectiveness of the idea.
They do not only have a great concept, but also great ideas about how to do business today. I recommend everyone to read their 15 Lessons Learned in 2007.
- Simple is better
- Constraints facilitate creativity
- Give it away
- Be Authentic, genuine and legitimate
Makes you think!
I used OneNote already fairly often as a typical “meeting-note-taking” tool, but last week I tried to use it to make digital handouts: instead of just printing out my slide presentation, I created a new notebook, imported my slides “as printout”, distributed them across different sections, added keywords, diagrams, screen clippings… I zipped the notebook folder and made it available to students as a download before the session. The responses were very positive!
Of course, everybody needs to have OneNote.
There are good examples of educational use of OneNote.
If you are using MindMapping occasionally, check out the following web application: http://bubbl.us/
It allows you to create diagrams in mindmapping style, all in your browser. If you want to save your work, you need to register.