MIE Spotlight: How the OneNote Avengers took off at my school

Melanie LeJeune with her Student Avengers

The MIE Spotlight welcomes Melanie LeJeune, a Technology Coach at St. Louis Catholic High School in Louisiana. Melanie uses OneNote for collaboration and to highlight student voice in education.

One of my favorite things is to walk into the Computer Architecture class and say, “Avengers, unite!” I can tell you how the team came together and how it all started with a flash of purple.

My purple OneNote cape, which I wore during training at my 1:1 school, really got the attention of some Computer Architecture students, who wanted some capes of their own. After email exchanges with members of the OneNote team, we got those capes and I felt encouraged to develop something more at our school and help students earn that coveted OneNote Avenger status.

The OneNote Student Avenger badge.

I knew I wanted to develop something meaningful, so I surveyed our teachers on what skills a OneNote Student Avenger should possess. I compiled their suggestions into a list, discussed the list with our IT Director and another MIE Expert at our school, and tested one of the Computer Architecture students to determine which skills were vital and which were missing from our list.

During this process, a different student asked me if he could earn a badge to use in his email signature. Excited by this student’s motivation to earn a badge, I emailed my contact with the OneNote team and he referred me to the creative team. Inspired by the uniqueness of this student-driven program, they created two awesome badges to award students who become Avengers.

Next, we decided to pilot this program with our Computer Architecture students – after all, they’re the ones who repair the computers in our 1:1 program.  I made a training guide in Sway, after which students had 1-2 days to help each other, research on their own, or ask for help.  In addition to passing the test, students need to be willing to help us train and have their names and email addresses on a list for other students to contact during the school year.  You can find out more about this entire process here in the Microsoft Education Community.

To keep the program sustained, I sent our list of OneNote Student Avengers out to the teachers and students.  The list is also posted on our LMS and in our Staff Notebook.  I included a Microsoft Form for students who may be interested in becoming a OneNote Student Avenger now, or next year. So far, I8 students have responded.

Interested in becoming a OneNote Student Avenger?

We currently have 13 Avengers, and they are doing a wonderful job, as reflected by the posts in their training journals (see example below).  Recently, I asked them what the program means to them.  Below are a few of the replies I’ve taken from the collaboration space in our OneNote Class Notebook.

  • “I enjoy it because it keeps teachers who know how to use OneNote from being overwhelmed by several students, who have small easily fixable problems. It will allow teachers to help students with extremely big issues, which can’t be fixed by student avengers.” (W.T.)
  • “I enjoy helping out my peers and it helps me to get familiar with all of the Microsoft tools.” (C.Z.)
  • “I find enjoyment in helping out someone else. It is a fun experience to help out your friends and to meet new friends, while also getting the problem solved.” (C.G.)
  • “I like to fix things, and helping fix somebody’s computer, whether it be Microsoft or otherwise gives a good sense of accomplishment to me. It makes me feel like I’m doing good in my school, even if it’s just fixing one person’s notebooks on OneNote.” (J.V.)

Student Training Journal (student names removed)

Melanie LeJeune's Student Journal in OneNote

 

I am so excited to see where our OneNote Student Avenger program leads.  Student voice is extremely important, and this program is a great avenue for that. Beyond that, I know their ideas will make me a better trainer.