Online-Classroom: How to use Wacom One and OneNote for remote teaching

Solutions for remote teaching and e-learning are in high demand. Because of the Corona virus, schools and teachers are now challenged to develop ideas on how to teach digitally from home. Readily available software tools, like OneNote, can be a great help to create teaching materials, distribute worksheets to students and exchange documents with fellow teachers online. And in combination with a graphics tablet like the Wacom One, teachers can experience the full strength of the handwriting functions of OneNote in online lessons.

Scenario 1: Sketches, formulas, panel pictures — Draw and write in OneNote

When you prepare your teaching materials on the computer, you will quickly run into the limitations that come with the use of a mouse and keyboard. Mathematical formulas, explanatory sketches, and descriptive blackboard pictures are simply much easier to draw with a pen.

For many years I have been using OneNote and a graphic tablet connected to my computer for digital drawings. The new Wacom One has its own screen so you can draw directly on your documents. The included pen slides over the display — almost like on paper.

You can connect the graphics tablet to your desktop PC, laptop, Mac or even a smartphone. Because Wacom One is portable, it is also well suited for use in the home office. In the basic setting, you can see exactly the same as what you see on the computer monitor, for example, the open OneNote notebook.

It is very easy to use and you will quickly get used to working with it. You control the mouse arrow with the pen. Just put the pen tip wherever you need to be on the display. You can then simply tap and select symbols and buttons. The pen also has a button on the side that replaces the right mouse button function.

You can find all drawing functions under the “Draw” tab . You can choose from different pens and colors in the menu above. When the free Wacom driver is installed, you can start drawing and writing directly on the OneNote page.

Here are some examples of how you can use Wacom One as a teacher with OneNote:

Annotations and highlights in texts, articles and PDF documents

Draw vivid sketches and blackboard pictures

Write mathematical formulas

I will also show you here in the blog how you can further expand the drawing functions in OneNote, convert handwriting into text and maybe even create your own sketch notes.

Scenario 2: Using handwritten notes to give feedback to students

Many schools are now benefiting from Office 365, which is free of charge for educational institutions. Within the platform, teachers and especially students can use the OneNote course notebooks. The advantage: You can conveniently distribute your worksheets created in OneNote to your students. The students then work individually on the tasks in their own OneNote notebook on a PC or tablet at home.

If you organize your online classes , a pen tablet or Wacom One can be a great benefit. Just like with a pen on paper, you can individually correct the students’ tasks and leave personal comments to them on their worksheets.

You can use a red pencil for corrections in OneNote — in good old tradition! 😉 However, experience shows that schoolchildren like the colorful rainbow pencil much better.

Scenario 3: Using OneNote as a whiteboard in online lessons

Let‘s increase the level of difficulty! Maybe at some point, you dare to conduct your online classes live, for example by video conference with your students. The popular Microsoft Teams platform enables collaboration for everyone. It is easy to use and is also part of Office 365. You can also integrate OneNote in teams and thus make the content of your notebooks conveniently available to your students.

During an online meeting, you can now share your current screen in addition to your webcam image, so you can show your students live what you are doing. This way you can explain to them step by step what you are drawing on the graphic tablet.

I recommend that you switch to a full-page view or full-screen view in OneNote. You can find them in both versions of OneNote at the top right as a double arrow. Clicking on it will hide all the menus so that you have even more space to draw on the graphics tablet.

Another advantage: The created sketches and blackboard pictures are saved directly in OneNote and are therefore permanently available to all students.

Scenario 4: Using Wacom One as a second screen

The Wacom One is treated like a second connected monitor under Windows 10. This not only allows you to duplicate your computer screen on it, but you can also use it as a second desktop with its own program windows.

For example, you can show a document on the main screen, read a web article or watch a learning video — and at the same time take notes on the graphics tablet in OneNote.

The cable of the Wacom One is long enough so that you can place the device comfortably on your lap. Very convenient!

To expand your desktop to a second screen, you have to adjust your display settings.

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In the past few weeks, we have received many questions around working, learning, teaching and creating from home. We decided to collect all the information we have around some of the most pressing questions and share them on the Blog with you.

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