Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook: Endless Opportunities

By: Christine Upton


OneNote Class Notebook is a technology tool designed to provide a virtual personal workplace for every student, to organize course content, create and deliver interactive and engaging lessons, and to collaborate and provide instant feedback.  It is available as a free add-in to existing (2013 or 2016) OneNote desktop or used through an Office 365 account.  OneNote Class Notebook has integration capabilities with many Learning Management Systems such as Turnitin.

Getting Started

Are you tired of trying out so many different technology tools that say they will get results in your classroom? Well, you can stop searching today.  Try OneNote Class Notebook to see how user-friendly and engaging a virtual notebook can be.

Teaching Ideas

So you have this amazing interactive technology tool.  See below for some cool ideas to make OneNote Class Notebook meaningful in your learning environment.

Idea 1 – Build a Digital Collaborative Community

Use OneNote Class Notebook as a collaborative online classroom.  Include and embed interactive links to take your students on an authentic learning journey by adding Mystery Skype into your notebooks.  Students can connect with other classrooms around the world to give your students real-world learning opportunities.  Students can easily access Microsoft Sway to import pictures and texts into a multimedia design to collaborate with classmates.  Students can capture pictures of class notebooks using Office Lens to use personally or share with other students who were absent from a lesson.

Idea 2 – Instant Feedback & Assessment

OneNote Class Notebook has options for quick sequential reviewing of developing and completed assignments.  There is less navigation so it is easy and convenient for teachers.  You can access your student’s notebooks anywhere in the world.  Teachers can create real-time feedback through the video and voice function.  Want to include your students in the assessment process?  Use Video Pulse to allow your students to interact with your assessment and at the same time self-assess.  Teachers can create quizzes that provide students with instant answer feedback.  Or you can embed links to interactive Education Quizzes.  If your school has a Turnitin account, it combines OneNote for assessment submissions.

Idea 3 – It’s All About Engagement

Upload existing files into OneNote Class Notebook.  Or create new interactive lessons using Microsoft Lesson Plans. Incorporate active learning by including and embedding Minecraft, Google Earth, Mystery Skype, and Twitter into your class notebooks.

Helpful Resources

Provides an interactive overview from downloading OneNote Class Notebook to creating and embedding interactive lessons.

A one stop place to answer your questions. Includes direct links to downloading OneNote Class Notebook add-in.  Find more information regarding free and paid versions.

Connect with other educators around the world using OneNote Class Notebook.  Staying connected keeps you informed. OneNote EDU on Twitter is a social media platform designed to collaborative.  Make sure to tweet your ideas with other teachers!

Cost and Alternatives

Free Version

  • The Office 365 Home free trial is available for 1 month
  • Office 365 Home free Home trial includes fully installed Office 2016 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more, installation on up to 5 PCs or Macs, Office mobile apps on up to 5 tablets and 5 phones and 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per user, for up to 5 users.
  • Download the free trial here *credit card is required
  • If you already have an Office 365 account with your school you can simply login here
  • You can download the OneNote Class Notebook add-in for (2013 or 2016) OneNote desktop

Paid Version

  • Office 365 Home is available for a 1-year auto-renewal subscription of 99.00 (CAD) here
  • Office 365 Home is available for a 1-month auto-renewal subscription of 9.99 (CAD) here
  • Check out Microsoft promotion codes here for a possible discount

Author: cupton77

Christine Upton completed Early Childhood Education at Seneca College in 2006. From there she completed her BA hon in Geography and English specializing in Advanced Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems at York University in 2010. Christine earned her Bachelor of Education at UOIT in 2012 where she is currently completing her M.Ed. Christine works full time as a secondary teacher at DDSB and as an online teacher with Durham Continuing Education. Christine has a passion for teaching, life-long learning, spending time with her two little girls racing motocross and engaging her students with interactive and hands-on activities

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