I think one of the biggest strengths of the OneNote Class Notebook was that it was started in the classroom and designed, from the bottom up, by classroom teachers in their classrooms. Even after Microsoft took it on and began adding to its functionality, they have kept teachers very close to the developers and each addition goes through rigourous testing by real classrooms around the world.
So how can you get started? First, you need an Office365 account. Now, you may already have one for free from your school but if not, an individual teacher can get one on their own — no administration needed! Visit http://www.onenote.com/classnotebook and click on the link “Sign up for a free Office365 Account” (it will let you know if you already have one if you try to sign up for another one). Use your School email to sign up for the account.
Because OneNote is cross platform, the link always opens up on the Web … but if you have OneNote installed on your device, you can click on the EDIT IN ONENOTE button and it will connect to your device and will sync from that
point on. But it’s nice to know that you can always get at your notes from any device. As I always say, I can throw my laptop into the lake and pick up another device and keep learning. It helps my school is on a lake, so the same thought may not work for you.
All you have to do is add content to the pages in the Content Library and every student can see it. Anything the student puts in their section, you can see and give feedback on. And you can all work together in the Collaboration Space.
Remember you can always go back to http://www.onenote.com/classnotebook to add teachers, students or make structural changes to the Notebook, like adding a private teacher section. But that’s for another post.
And, you can make as many Notebooks as you want. Have one for your school club, your sports team or your teacher PLC group!
Hint: Have your Head of Department create a Class Notebook with them as “teacher” and all of the members of the department as “students”. Use the Collaboration Space to develop course content and work through pedagogical questions while the HoD uses the Content Libray for administrative purposes and each teacher uses their section to work on professional learning. Remember to include the year in the Name of the notebook for year-over-year!
This is the first post in a series showing how to setup & use OneNote Class Notebooks
So far we’ve done:
Creating your first OneNote Class Notebook (this post)
The first page of your Class Notebook
Putting content in your Class Notebook
Giving content to students
Distributing content in your Class Notebook (the video)
Facilitating Feedback in OneNote (Review Student Work)