Transform Learning with OneNote

Use OneNote, a digital notebook, with Class Notebook to share assignments, help students organize their own work, track projects and class materials. Features include tabs and pages that can be shared for collaboration in real time. Insert audio, images, and attach documents. A great tool for students, teachers, and administrators on iOS, Windows, and Android devices.

Heard the news as of 7/23/2018?

The Windows 10 OneNote app--as well as OneNote for iPad and OneNote Online--now supports Google Classroom for teachers/educators who want to connect OneNote Class Notebook to a Google Classroom. Isn't that amazing?

Special thanks to Mike Tholfsen (@mtholfsen) for providing this insight. See the screenshot (left).

Session Outline & Resources

Discovering Microsoft Teams

Getting Started with OneNote

    • Exploring OneNote and OneDrive
    • Navigating the OneNote 2016 environment
    • Customizing the OneNote User Interface
    • Working the Options
    • MS Teams and OneNote: A Dynamic Duo
OneNote Overview

You can easily open another window in OneNote using the "Ctrl-M" key combination on your Windows device. In this way, you can refer to one page in OneNote while working on another.

Discover Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams saves time and simplifies everyday logistics, leaving educators free to dedicate themselves to their students.

  • School Data Sync automatically populates classes with student rosters connected to the school’s information system.
  • OneNote Class Notebooks are built into every class, allowing teachers to organize interactive lessons and deliver personalized learning right from Teams.
  • Apps integrate into the classroom experience, so teachers can quickly access the Office 365 apps they already use – like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Planner – and customize their classroom with education apps.
  • End-to-end assignment management in Teams enables teachers to move quickly and effortlessly from creation and distribution to grading and feedback.

Getting Started Guides

Find the following Getting Started Guides online for Educators, School Leaders and/or IT Admins. You can also take advantage of this Teams Demo Site. You can also complete this free online course, Introduction to MS Teams in the MS Education Community online course.

Teams Video Tutorials and Walkthroughs

Explore OneNote and OneDrive

Adding and formatting Notebook Content

    • Applying formatting to Notebook Content
    • Inserting Images and Audio into a Notebook
    • Adding Quick Notes and Links
    • Using Drawing Tools
    • Embedding and Attaching Files
    • Embedding Excel Spreadsheets and Tables
    • Attaching Other File Types
    • Configuring Password Protection and Notebook Properties
    • Inserting Page Templates

OneNote Class Notebooks helps teachers organize class content, create and deliver interactive lessons, provide feedback, and collaborate. Teachers can create a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities.

  • Class Notebook Assignment and Grade integration support for iPad: Now teachers using the iPad can connect to top LMS and SIS partners to make assignments and submit grades directly from the Class Notebook iPad toolbar. Our list off supported partners is here:
  • Additional LMS/SIS Support: OneNote Class Notebook is expanding to integrate with even more LMS/SIS partners, including Capita SIMS, IST, and Focus Systems to save time in setting up and managing the classroom. For more info, checkout
  • Stickers for Mac: A favorite of teachers and students alike, stickers are now available for Mac.

Getting to Know OneNote Activities

In the following activities, explore and share your group's takeaways or insights. If you have an awesome idea or suggestion about using OneNote, don't hesitate to share. You can work in any order you like. Activities include:

  1. OneNote Gameboard - Get an introduction to OneNote by exploring it!
  2. Embed Content in OneNote - Did you know you can insert content into OneNote? Find out what and how
  3. Track Running Records in OneNote - It works for a wide variety of helpers. Learn how one person does it
  4. Assist Students' Independence - A novel idea for helping students become more independent
  5. Digital Breakout - This type of activity is quite popular. Use OneNote to make it happen
  6. Hyperdocs with OneNote - Learn how to use OneNote for Hyperdocs, or "HyperNotes"
  7. OneNote Staff Notebook for Classroom Observations - Learn how one person used OneNote Staff Notebook to facilitate sharing of classroom observation notes

Activity #1: OneNote Gameboard

In this activity, explore various aspects of OneNote app to learn more about how it works.

Activity #2 - Embed Content into OneNote

Did you know you can embed all sorts of content into OneNote? Watch the video shown to learn how and what.

Open up OneNote and try embedding content into your OneNote.

You can easily open another window in OneNote using the "Ctrl-M" key combination on your Windows device. In this way, you can refer to one page in OneNote while working on another.

Activity #3 - Track Running Records in OneNote

Conducting Running Records allows teachers to assess and analyse students reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension skill level. They provide the evidence we need to set individual goals and monitor progress.

Activity #4 - Assist Students Be Independent

Learners often work at different speeds. What if you could use OneNote Class Notebook to facilitate student self-tracking of projects and work? Learn how this is done.

Activity #5 - Digital Breakouts with OneNote

Familiar with BreakoutEDU, an activity that involves solving clues to unlock a tool box with a reward? Digital break outs are a great way to engage students in content and develop critical thinking and analysis skills. You can use OneNote's password feature to make that possible.

Activity #6 - Hyperdocs with OneNote


Take Hyperdocs to the next level by creating hypernotes with MS Office 365 or OneNote and ensure that students have access to the information they need.

Activity #7 - OneNote Staff Notebooks for Classroom Observations

My name is Jeanette Grisham and I am super excited to share my experience with OneNote for Educators. I am currently an Assistant Principal at Bellingham High School and this is my second year using OneNote with my staff for observations. Just for context, I would like to note that, in our district, we engage in inquiry cycles with our staff for the evaluation process. An inquiry cycle would include observations with feedback debriefs after each observation, a mid-year check-in with staff, another cycle, and then the evaluation.

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