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Based in Toronto, Ontario, JobStart is a nonprofit United Way member agency that helps participants gain the skills needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency. In December 2007, the agency received Microsoft® Office OneNote® 2007 through a sponsorship from Microsoft Canada and began testing the software in its youth program. JobStart anticipates that using Office OneNote 2007 will reduce costs while increasing collaboration between students and instructors.

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JobStart was originally established in 1980 as the Centre for Advancement in Work and Living. For 28 years this nonprofit agency has been committed to helping Toronto’s youth become gainfully employed. JobStart also provides innovative employment services to adults, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, and students.

In November 2006, JobStart received the Minister’s Silver Award for Excellence in Service Quality from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. This award recognizes the excellent employment services JobStart provides to individuals and employers and its capacity to respond to the changing needs of the community. JobStart delivers Employment Ontario, an integrated, client-centered service designed to provide employment and training to individuals 16 years of age and eligible to work in Canada.  JobStart is funded by all three levels of government, by United Way of Toronto, and by an Unlimited Potential Grant from Microsoft Canada.

For the past 14 years, JobStart and the Toronto District School Board have worked in partnership to offer Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) instruction and General Educational Development (GED) test preparation to individuals seeking employment. Sam Sanfilippo, LBS/GED Instructor, says the goal is to help young people upgrade their math, reading, and workplace skills to improve their chances of being employed or placed in an apprenticeship opportunity.

As a nonprofit agency, JobStart is committed to increasing the quality of its service while reducing costs and running more efficiently. “We recently began tracking how much paper we use to print our math and English worksheets,” says Julia Knapp, Director, Programs and Services, JobStart. “In the past six months we’ve already used over 20,000 sheets.” JobStart began looking for a solution that would reduce printing and paper costs while increasing the flexibility and dynamism of the educational tools available to its instructors.

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The United States Coast Guard is known for its impeccable standards and service. To maintain these levels of performance, USCG habitually goes above and beyond the call of duty to seek out new tools and resources that support the ongoing education of its members.

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Originally established in 1790 as the Revenue Cutter Service, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) is one of the oldest organizations in the federal government. Throughout its distinguished history, USCG has been instrumental in enforcing maritime law and protecting the nation’s coastlines and ports. During an average day, USCG saves 14 lives, assists 123 people in distress, conducts 78 search-and-rescue missions, and responds to 12 oil or hazardous chemical spills.

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* It isn’t very often that a piece of software comes along that actually unifies what you’re doing. OneNote 2007 takes the Microsoft Office suite one step closer to being a one-stop shop for training. *
Jane Lybecker
Training Specialist III, L-3 Communications, Inc., in  support of Training Center
Petaluma, USCG
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This level of responsiveness and execution requires the highest caliber of skill and training. USCG is a forward-looking organization with a commitment to providing its members with the best technology-assisted, performance-based education available. USCG operates two full-time training centers in Yorktown, Virginia, and Petaluma, California, which provide training for entry-level and advanced rate-specific skills (a “rate” is defined as an enlisted pay-grade).

The Training Center (TRACEN) at Petaluma operates seven entry-level, or “A”, Schools, which focus on developing Petty Officer skills within specific ratings (general occupations within the USCG) that include Information Systems Technician (IT), Electronics Technician (ET), Operation Specialist (OS), Health Services Technician (HS), Yeoman (YN), Storekeeper (SK), and Food Services Specialist (FS). TRACEN Petaluma currently offers over 50 courses to approximately 4,000 USCG members each year.

Students are provided a variety of instructional material, including binders of documentation and handouts to supplement training. “Our current training support documents are largely paper-based,” explains Lieutenant John Bannon, TRACEN Petaluma, USCG. “Students take notes in spiral notebooks, reference their extensive student guide, and compile additional printed information for every course. We’re very interested in finding ways to save money on paper and printing costs, as well as provide enhanced learning transfer. As a federal organization, we’re certainly always thinking about being good stewards with the taxpayers’ money.”

When students leave the training centers, they take these printed resources with them into the field to use as references, but USCG members find the manuals and handbooks to be cumbersome. “It can be difficult to find a specific note or instruction in a printed resource, especially out in the field,” says Bannon. “Flipping through hundreds of pages of notes isn’t always feasible.” Currently the USCG is exploring various electronic support tools.

Instructors also spend a substantial amount of time preparing materials for classes and keeping documentation up to date. “I teach computer system administration for the Coast Guard,” says Jane Lybecker, Training Specialist III and Senior Instructor, L-3 Communications, Inc., in support of TRACEN Petaluma. “This topic requires almost weekly updates because everything changes so frequently. It’s very difficult to keep all of the documentation up to date and to know where the most current versions are located. I have to pull information from 14 different folders out on the network and 3 different Web sites. It’s a very time-consuming process.”

TRACEN officers began exploring the potential of using technology-based tools to further enhance the efficiency of the USCG training environment for its students as well as its instructors.

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Hi there IheartOneNoters – sorry about the long-ish silence. I am on a family vacation in the Aspen, CO area and have been more interested in being in the great outdoors than in front of my computer. Needless to say, it is fantastically beautiful here and I am loving every minute of being in the mountains. We did get a bit of culture yesterday at the Aspen Music festival. Although, I think my Dad near had a stroke when they started playing the piece by George Crumb. Can you spell avant garde? Not quite the classical music he signed up for!

Anyway, to get my mind around all things OneNote, I thought I’d see how the members of the iheartonote facebook page use OneNote. Here goes:

I use OneNote 2007 @ work. I teach and all of the teachers on team, plus our Principal & Guidance Counselors have it installed. We keep all of our team meeting notes, behavioral plans, notes & e-mails to parents in OneNote.

This way each member of the team has access to them at all times.

During our meetings, we are actively using OneNote. When we assign tasks, etc. We do so in OneNote and it syncs with Outlook. During the week, we can check to see if the tasks have been completed and read any notes about them.

It has provided the most organized, easily accessible way to share information among so many people. I don’t know how we could accomplish so much without it!

OneNote is the most amazing software. I use it all day at work – screenshots for simplicity in explaining problems or showing someone how to do something or get somewhere – and for tasks. Absolutely <heart> OneNote!
I’m a middle school teacher at a school with a laptop program. Our teachers use OneNote to create shared notebooks on the school server. Some of our classes are semi-paperless because of OneNote. Imagine being in 7th grade and doing your math on a tablet with a OneNote notebook for math assignments!
Nick Schenk
It’s an indespensible tool for customer/project management. Using Outlook 2007 I immediately generate one notes for those important meetings where complex topics and decisions are discussed, and afterward no-one has the notes capturing what happened. I used to find the process of keeping ‘Meeting Minutes’ to be a very mundane task. Using OneNote, it’s a sinch. OneNote is the standard for all projects I run and key to team communication.

I also act as a mentor within our organization, and many of my mentoring sessions are on a monthly basis. It is very convenient to capture the career guidance topics for the mentee in OneNote and quickly refer back to the objectives and goals we set in the discussion from 30 days ago. The mentees are thankful and surprised by my ability to articulate the exact conversations we’ve had over the past month (or past year in some cases).

In personal life, I use it to organize everything from cooking recipes to honey-do lists, and medical reference articles. Heck, I even have started to use it for pasting and organizing schematics for home improvement/electronics projects around the house.

I’ve been using OneNote for school since Fall 2007.
I took notes and recorded lectures daily. I needed to brush up on my Accounting for an upcoming assessment test. It has saved me so much time finding topics for this test. Being able to search audio is so nice.
I printed PowerPoints to OneNote pages. Finding text was easy. The search capability took me to the text within the PowerPoint slide printouts in OneNote. How cool is that?!!
This is my third implementation of OneNote, second at an educational institution. Currently we are using OneNote in conjunction with a SharePoint project workspace to enhance our communication and collaboration with a group of teachers that are piloting Tablet PCs as teaching and learning tools. In using OneNote in this way, I also hope to model how these teachers may use this software with their students, from note taking, collaborative activities, to managing class/project work. So far so good.

In a previous application, I had used OneNote during data collection activities with my field teams and it worked like a charm.

One question I would like to pose to the group, is if anyone has successfully saved a shared notebook on Blackboard Vista, in the same way that it is shared using SharePoint.

OneNote is the main program used for integrative techonology at our medical school. This program in conjunction with a tablet computer equals perfection. This program has literally changed how I study. Wonderful.
Anne Lindsay

I use onenote for everything.
To keep records of my online banking and shopping (no need to print everything). Comparision shopping and big wishlists that I can share!
To “print” out craft patterns, crafting ideas and pictures – and onenote automatically records where I found that idea so I don’t “poach”
Green ideas, recipes, downloaded equipment manuals are all tracked in this versatile software.

Tell us how you use OneNote/

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Iheart member Darin R shared his reasons for loving OneNote with us:

Why do I love Microsoft OneNote?  Really, OneNote is an extension of my brain.  I’m a full time business student, work two part time IT jobs, and I actually have a life too.

I use OneNote in the classroom by having a notebook I created with the name of the school I’m attending.  Then I have sections for each course I take.  Within each of those sections are pages including class notes, notes on my meetings with groups, and things like the syllabus/assignments.  I like how you can paste pdf files (or any files) into Onenote and open them straight from there (one central location for all your stuff).  I record parts of lectures, take handwritten and typed notes, and make to-do lists for homework/projects in class.

At work, I always have a running to-do list that I use.  Then I have a section for IT related things of the business, such as how the network is setup, contacts, checklists, inventories, and other related items.  Then I have separate sections for more company related things such as meetings outside of IT, company policies, and more.  I also have pages under the IT section that contain things like static IP addresses of printers, what IP addresses are still available, etc…

My personal notebook is mandatory as well.  As soon as I think of something I need to get done, I write it in my personal to-do list.  If I want to write in my journal, I have a section for that.  Likewise for things such as different topics of interest to me.  I actually have a whole notebook called politics, with different sections covering things like the election of 2008, oil, the economy, healthcare, and different politicians.

Can you live without OneNote?  Of course…but I wouldn’t recommend it.  J

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Here is the latest installment of how you, the OneNote fans are using OneNote to make your life better and, of course, save the world:

If you use OneNote in an interesting way, please share it with us below or create a new blog post.

OneNote for writers:

From The Sunlitdesk: I am an untidy writer. I have index cards in my handbag, scraps of paper all over the place and notebooks with just three lines in them. I admit I like hard copies. But it becomes cumbersome after a while and I’m forever losing track of projects. I still like my index cards and I keep a leather compendium for all those loose pieces of paper one collects over the course of a project, but now I keep a Microsoft Office OneNote notebook too. My current novel requires a great deal of research of seemingly unrelated things. OneNote is a convenient and quick way of storing all that research, as well as notes on the development of the novel. It hasn’t made me a tidy writer, but accessing information while I’m writing has become so much easier and now I can manage writing projects without tons of paper. I highly recommend this program for writers.

From the iheartonenote facebook page:

Teaching:

I use OneNote 2007 @ work. I teach and all of the teachers on team, plus our Principal & Guidance Counselors have it installed. We keep all of our team meeting notes, behavioral plans, notes & e-mails to parents in OneNote. This way each member of the team has access to them at all times. During our meetings, we are actively using OneNote. When we assign tasks, etc. We do so in OneNote and it syncs with Outlook. During the week, we can check to see if the tasks have been completed and read any notes about them. It has provided the most organized, easily accessible way to share information among so many people. I don’t know how we could accomplish so much without it!

I’m a middle school teacher at a school with a laptop program. Our teachers use OneNote to create shared notebooks on the school server. Some of our classes are semi-paperless because of OneNote. Imagine being in 7th grade and doing your math on a tablet with a OneNote notebook for math assignments!

Bible Study

The New King James Version for OneNote 2007 is now available. Each book in the Bible is a separate OneNote section, with each chapter in the book belonging to a page within that section. Using the built-in functionality of OneNote 2007, you can insert your own ink notes, view the Bible text and notes in full screen mode, search your ink and text notes, sync your Bible notes between multiple computers, record the audio of sermons and play it back in time with your notes (with permission of course !), and insert additional pages and sections. The text has been specially formatted to allow plenty of space for marking up and taking ink notes: wide margins, double spacing, and more.

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MISC

I keep mentioning how I use Microsoft OneNote to people, and they keep asking about it. I use this program for personal, business and school. I have recipes from blogs, and the blogs noted. Any sewing ideas or blog ideas have their own little spot in my notebooks. I can print all of the deals from MultiTaskingMama and go back through them when I have time to, or date what I have already done to see when I will get that deal.

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This from our member Kath Weaver:

I lose paper.  One problem, is that the school’s desks were constructor decades before anyone thought of a computer.  Once I get two monitors on it, I have no room to put anything else on the computer must less paper.  It falls off and often ends up in the trash can.

Well this week was TAKS testing — Texas’s version of the tests needed to assess student achievement for No Child Left Behind.  Very stressful as we give the math tests on seperate days since each child much have a graphing calculator.  I can never remember which test is given when, where I am supposed to be, etc.  They gives us copious sets of paper, all of which I never have when I need it.

IheartOneNote member, Kath Weaver

Well this year I got smart and scanned every piece of paper i need to keep up with and put it in a OneNote Notebook.  It was assume, as I saved the Notebook on Live Mesh and I could get to it whereever I was at.  I looked VERY smart and very together and anyone who did see my notes were very impressed.

Plus I was where I was supposed to be and ON time!

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Find out how one Kevin Hurt from the Edumaction Blog uses OneNote to enhance teaching, professional development, and curriculum development

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Last year, when our district rolled out teacher laptops, one of the first things I did was open every program and play around with it for a few minutes. There were several programs that were not even the least bit interesting to me. One of the programs I had never used before was Microsoft’s OneNote – a part of the Office suite. Plenty has been said elsewhere about the capabilities and successes of OneNote, so I won’t go into that here. Rather, I wanted to share a couple of ways we have been using OneNote to enhance teaching, professional development, and curriculum development.

The Digital Plan Book

The first thing I started doing with OneNote is creating a digital plan book. Being a new teacher, I had never really used an old, spiral plan book, so it was not much of a challenge for me. I used OneNote’s features to help organize my planning in a variety of ways. Having created a planning notebook, I broke up the curriculum using one tab per unit. For each unit, I created an “Overview” page, an “Objectives/Assessments” page, and an “Activities” page. I used the Overview page to brainstorm, then organized my thoughts on the other pages.

Shared Tech Notebook

Our crew of dedicated teacher technology leaders created a OneNote notebook that employs perhaps the best feature of OneNote: sharing. The notebook is stored on our district server, so we all have access to it and by sharing it, we are able to easily share a wealth of information. We’ve used the notebook to share meeting notes, create resource caches, and even compile lists of frequently asked questions. This has helped us accomplish a lot of different things: we now have a library of answers to the emails we get from staff, we can pool our knowledge on all the resources we have available to us, and we’ve become more organized and effective without requiring countless meetings. We’ve even used the “Live Sharing” feature to take real-time notes on trainings and other meetings.

Curriculum Notebook

Perhaps the most ambitious ways we have used OneNote is to create a notebook that will be used to document the English curriculum in our building. After doing a department training on how to use OneNote, I created a department notebook to use for some basic function. But when we began the curriculum documentation process, we thought this provided the perfect platform for collaborating on curriculum development. As a result, are beginning to use the OneNote notebook to create unit plans, brainstorm assessments and activities, and, eventually, create lesson plans for each unit. We used tab sections to break up the grade levels and to separate Honors curriculum from the standard units. Tabs divide up the units and the pages contain all the pertinent information for each unit. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of OneNote. I think it takes all of the benefits of a notebook (sections and pages, privacy), a wiki (collaboration), and a chat room (quick communication) and rolls them into one neat, easy-to-use package.

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