Having been inspired by digital ways to Bullet Journal, I have decided to explore some ways this could be used for teachers.
All of my teachers have free access to Office365 and I am interested to see if this could be used for effective planning journals for my staff.
The app I plan to use is OneNote. It’s free to use, it links to Office365 and as all my staff have iPads, they can also use it on these for quick and easy access. Furthermore, OneNote notebooks can be shared and edited by others which provides potential for collaboration, Notebooks can access OneDrive documents for linking (no more cutting and pasting from one document into another) and also you can add web links and photographs – tools that have the potential for making planning more productive and evaluative.
Having reviewed some digital bullet journal approaches, many seem to be using it as a written notebook but on a digital screen using a stylus. On the surface, this doesn’t appear more productive than using a pen and paper version. Similarly, the paper version doesn’t need charging or have the potential to run out of battery power! I don’t intend for this to be the case with the journaling for teachers digital approach and don’t intend it to simply be swapping paper for digital screen. I am more interested in it’s potential for collaboration, linking to documents and photographs as this is where the key lies in it being a more productive tool.
I have set up an August Digital Bullet Journal to experiment with next month. I have kept the main principles of bullet journaling but accept that there will be adaptations to consider. I still intend to keep my pen and paper journal – there is still something to be said for the creative and therapeutic satisfaction analogue recording offers and I don’t want to lose that.
I am more interested in how I can make the digital approach an effective tool for teachers to use and to assess its advantages and disadvantages.
I will keep you posted on how it goes over the next month!