EdTech Spotlight: Microsoft OneNote

By Monica Burns 01.10.2016 blog

Note taking is an important skill for students of all ages, especially those is middle and high school. Learning how to take notes in class or during a research assignment is necessary for college and career readiness. There are a handful of different ways to introduce note taking to students. If you are using digital tools with students you may want to check out Microsoft OneNote.

What is Microsoft OneNote?

Microsoft OneNote lets users login with their Microsoft account and take notes on any of their devices. It works with Windows devices, iPads and iPhones, Android devices and web browsers. This means that they can use their iPhone to take notes before school and a Chromebook to collect notes during the school day.

Microsoft OneNote lets users share their notes and collaborate with others. Users can also save websites by clipping the web page to view later. Microsoft OneNote lets you email your account to add to your notes if you aren’t able to log in. In addition to taking notes by typing or dictating to your phone, users can take photographs to keep track of information too.

How can teachers use Microsoft OneNote?

Teachers can use Microsoft OneNote as an digital tool for note taking during a class lecture or discussion. Teachers can also show students how digital note taking is used while collecting information for a research project and organizing their thinking.

Teachers can use Microsoft OneNote for their own organizational support including lesson planning and curriculum delivery. Students can create notes that are shared with teachers so teachers can easily check in on student progress as they are working on different projects. It is a dynamic app that can be tailored to different teacher-created activities.

What are some resources educators can check out?

Microsoft OneNote offers resources for students, teachers and administrators getting started with this digital tool. They have a website dedicated to educators that provides support material on the basics as well as different scenarios where Microsoft OneNote might be used with students. The video tutorials are definitely useful for teachers and school leaders looking to implement Microsoft OneNote in just one class or as part of a school-wide initiative. Microsoft Office’s blog also has updates on new tools and tricks for teachers.

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.


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  1. Jennifer Barragan

    I believe that this new way of learning can really inspire kids to

  2. Danielle

    i think that Microsoft OneNote can help other kids and teens take note with pleasure.

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