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A Notebook for doing Washington Professional Certification (ProCert) in OneNote

In order to keep teaching in the State of Washington—after 3 years of getting to a residency certificate, and before that residency certificate expires (3 more years)—teachers need to upgrade their licenses to Professional Certificates.

The Public Employees Standards Board (PESB) has worked with the State of WA and ETS (Educational Testing Service) to create the Washington ProCert (Professional Certification).The web site for the ProCert is called WaProTeach.

As I embark on this next endeavor, I have captured that web site to a OneNote file.  Most importantly, the worksheets (question prompts, i.e. Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3) that must be filled out to complete an application for a ProCert are each in that OneNote Notebook.  I expect that I will plan and draft my responses in OneNote  using these templates before I copy and paste them into the form on the website.  The OneNote also contains the rubrics and other supporting information that should help a candidate write their best ProCert application.

Since the OneNote is currently blank, i.e. before I start filling it out, I thought I would share it with folks that might find it useful.  (I exported it to a OneNote file that you can download and use yourself!) 

Here’s a direct link to the OneNote file (56MB!).







1.  Not to be confused with a National Board Professional Certification which implements National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) on a web site called BoardCertifiedTeachers.  After completing that you are a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

Microsoft OneNote and Equations

If you haven’t tried it yet, try inserting an equation (or just symbols) into Microsoft OneNote.  I have been doing some tutoring and find it really easy to dash off a PDF with some scribblings.

Couple of cool things:

  • if you type 2+2= [SPACE], then OneNote will do that calculation for you!
  • if you hold down CTRL+ALT as you drag a drawing or text you can get more precise placement, i.e. the text and image won’t snap to the grid.

Here’s a snippet from a recent PDF which I made, click the picture to see the whole PDF.


OneNote 2010 Search Bug Has a Workaround

If you are using OneNote 2010 and finding that search isn’t working on printouts or documents that you have inserted into a Notebook, you can rest easy that this is a known bug with an easy workaround.

Here’s a quick description of the workaround which I verified just worked for me.


Microsoft OneNote and BlackBoard Online Course: Anatomy of a Module

My last post did a brief overview of using OneNote as a tool to interact with an online course program called BlackBoard.  Here’s some step-by-step of the three concepts I outlined there.

First I captured the online discussion question of the week into OneNote and started drafting my own response to that question on that OneNote page.


Next I captured a screen shot of the BlackBoard page for that module where I can check things off as I download, read, and otherwise interact with.


Since there is a PowerPoint presentation in this module, I download that and then print it back to OneNote so that I can annotate it or otherwise mark it up as I read it.  Note that in the below screenshot, I am also *searching* that whole document (for grandin) using the search box in the upper right corner.  When you print into OneNote it indexes the text that it can identify from the printout/screenshot so that you can search.  This is an amazing piece of functionality!


When I drill down into the Articles folder in our course documents this week, I find some more items to read.  I again insert a screen shot of those items which I can again check off as I work through them.  In this case, I can take the article as it opens in BlackBoard and “print” it via “Send to OneNote 2010” so that it winds up in my notebook ready for me to read/use without having to save or otherwise store somewhere.


When I insert a paper into OneNote, usually a PDF, as a best practice I create a title that is the APA citation for that document, and then commence with highlighting.  Here’s an example:


For forms, assessments and quizzes in BlackBoard I use my browser’s print preview function to get that content “printed” into OneNote, where I can document my thinking or progress toward completion of that item.  Below, in red, I am drafting my response to that question, which I will copy and paste back to BlackBoard.


Finally since a major component of the online coursework is the discussion forum, I use the same technique on a BlackBoard Collection view:

1.  Print preview…
2.  Print (Send to OneNote)

To capture all the posts to the discussion forum so that I have a personal archive outside of BlackBoard, i.e. available offline, which is searchable and highlightable.  Here’s a sample:


Microsoft OneNote (for PC only) and Online Courses

I wanted to document how I’ve been using Microsoft OneNote in my online course.  Note that this post is on relevant experience during my first online course, so I may be refining my approach further, but here’s where it stands at the current time.

OneNote is a full member of all Office 2010 suites and is billed to be “one centralized resource for all of your ideas”.  Think of it as an electronic notebook, where you can jot down notes, scribble ideas/drawings, and insert other media.

OneNote is best used these days with a Windows Live ID, so that notebooks you create on one computer can be saved online.  This allows you to see one notebook on two or more PCs.  For me I have my online course notebook synchronized on both my home PC and my laptop at all times.  For example, here’s how my course looks right now for my EDSP6644 Notebook with tabs for every week, and the green sync indicator says this whole Notebook is “Up-to-date”


I should also say that if my PCs crash, that there is a copy of my notebook on the web, that I can get to if I need it.  For those of you familiar with Google docs, this is similar, except OneNote is a rich client that is storing a web version all the time.  Of course, since my notebook is synchronized across PCs there is also a version on the web.  And Microsoft also has a web-client version of OneNote, so here’s how my notebook looks on my Skydrive (office.live.com)


All that to say that the notes or documents you are studying can be available from any PC you are working on, and especially on the internet via a browser.

But let’s dig into how I am using OneNote for EDSP6644, an online course in the Autumn 2010 quarter at Seattle Pacific University.  SPU uses a system called Blackboard for online courses.  Each course has weekly activities that must be completed online.  Blackboard does *not* have a rich client, so you must be online and signed into the Blackboard web site to interact, however, you can use OneNote to store and stage the information you are respectively receiving and sending to Blackboard.

Let’s do an overview of OneNote and Blackboard high level concepts in this post and in a follow-up post I will dig into a module and do some detailed interaction.

Concept #1 Get It From Blackboard Into OneNote

OneNote has the ability to insert screen shots, web pages, documents, and printouts of documents into your virtual notebook on OneNote.  In the picture above, for instance, I capture a screenshot of the course documents page in BlackBoard each week to make sure nothing has been added to that page that I have missed since last time.

In the following picture, I have inserted the syllabus from the course as a file, and also a printout of the file to this page in my OneNote notebook.  Also note that there is a virtual highlighter in OneNote so that yellow scribble is some information which I have highlighted on this page.


The same can be done with PowerPoint files, PDFs of papers, etc.

Concept #2 Work On The Documents in OneNote

Each week for this course there is a quiz.  Since you can view the quiz in BlackBoard before committing or saving your answers, I can print the quiz to OneNote and work on it at my own pace taking notes before I go back to BlackBoard and enter my answers.  Here’s a sample below, where I have highlighted my answers, circled my choice or entered the letters for a matching question that I think are right.


Concept #3 Get the Information from OneNote back to BlackBoard

For a recent mid-term I copied and pasted the question into a OneNote page, and then was able to draft up my answer in OneNote and fine-tune until I was ready to paste it back to BlackBoard.  The benefit of this approach is that you don’t need to be on the internet signed in to BlackBoard during the creative or authoring process.  However, you notes are there and being saved across your machines for future reference.  Here’s a screenshot of what this might look like.


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