Microsoft OneNote Class Notebooks provide an excellent way to share resources with students through customizable digital notebooks. These notebooks also provide students with a powerful digital tool to help them stay organized, complete assignments, and receive feedback.
- [Oliver] Welcome to teacher tech tips, I'm Oliver Schinkten, and this week I want to introduce you OneNote class notebooks, which is a powerful application allowing you to share content with your class, provide a collaboration space, deliver assignments, and give feedback to your students. Now there is one catch with this week's tool. In order to access the class notebooks feature, you do need to have a free office 365 for education account. If you're an educator, and don't have one of these, I highly suggest seeing if you're eligible. You can navigate to this url or do a google search that says office 365 free for educators and you'll find this page.
You can type in your school address here, and see if you're eligible for a free account. Now you also have access to it if your school has an Office 365 education plan with Sharedrive and Onedrive for business. If you aren't sure if your school has access to this, you can ask your IT administrator. Now let's take a look at the OneNote class notebook homepage. In order to get to this, you can navigate to onenote dot com forward slash class notebook. Now here, they may have you log in, or if you're already logged in in this case which I am, it will bring you right to the page.
Remember, you'll only be able to access this if you do have an eligible account. This is the class notebook homepage though. And we can do several things; we can create a class notebook, we can add or remove students from a notebook, we can add or remove teachers if you want to collaborate with a group of teachers for professional development, or add a co teacher or another teacher to a specific notebook. And you can also manage your notebooks. First I'll click on create a class notebook, just to show you how simple it is.
First they ask you to type in the name of your class, and then they walk you through the steps to create a notebook. It takes a couple minutes, it's extremely easy. We're going to back out for right now, and I want to go over to manage notebooks. When you go here, it will show you all the notebooks that you have created, in other words here I have a biology 101 notebook, I have one for chemistry, one for ecology. In this video, I'm going to take a look at the biology 101 notebook. So here, there are some edits that I could make right from this page.
I can open it here, I can also choose if I want to lock or unlock the collaboration space. I can find the link that I share with students to have them join in with the notebook. And I can also decide on what sections I would like there to be. For now, I'm going to open in OneNote online. And this is my biology 101 notebook, this is what it looks like. Now if I slide this panel over a little bit so we can see better, we can take a look at some of the different sections that you'll see in the typical notebook. First of all we always have the ability to add a section, and then within that section to add a page.
There are three main parts to a notebook though. First you have the collaboration space, and this is an area where both students and teachers will be able to view and edit. So here I like to keep the explanatory page on this that was included from Microsoft. I also create one for resources where teachers and students can add resources. One where we can add opportunities which usually are community events, and then I created one for a genetics project. So in other words here, I created an online collaboration space for different groups to create the genetics project.
As you can see here, I created a page for group one including some subpages for research, community partners, questions and issues and more. And then down here is group two, so this provides a great place that your students can collaborate online in real time. I'll close down that collaboration space, and next you have the content library. Now this is an area that the teacher can view and edit, but the students can only view. They will not be able to make edits to this. So inside of here I've created some sections.
The first section is the announcements. To the right, I included two pages already. One is a guest speaker page, and the other one is an assignments page. So for instance on the guest speaker page, we have some information about a guest speaker coming into class. Now inside of here it works a lot like Microsoft Word, but I think it's even more convenient. Inside of the document I can click anywhere and start typing text no matter if it's to the left, right, anywhere. I can add in images, videos, and more. Now another section I have here is welcome to biology 101.
It's just a page in which I included my syllabus. And remember, because this is in the content library, it's a place where students can view it, but they're not able to make edits to it. And as you can see, here's my syllabus. So here within the genetic section I created several pages, one is a phenotype article. Next we have a FDA says deploying genetically modified mosquitoes article, and then some sample content. So here I want to show that you could very easily add tables, you can add images, you can add text.
You can to do lists, and more. The final section here is the student section, and from here I can see each of the notebooks of students that I've added to this class. So in other words right now I have four students that have access to the biology 101 notebook, Cedric, David, Jake, and Stacy. Now as the instructor I can see all of their notebooks. So if I open this up, it will open up Cedric's notebook, and from here I can go to his class notes, handouts, homework, labs, and assessments.
The nice thing here is that as students turn in assignments, you can go right inside of here, access those assignments, I'll go over to homework, we'll see if David has any submitted. And he does have one submitted. So here's an example of one where he submitted this and then I was able to go in and leave a grade as well as to highlight some of the text, and then give some feedback to David. So it's really awesome that it's a collaborative document that when students turn in work inside of their class notebook, you can quickly access it and then give them feedback right inside of the assignment and in real time they'll receive that feedback.
Now I'll close out those notebooks, and next let's take a look at the OneNote class notebook from the perspective of a student. So I'm going to log out of my account and log into a student account. So now as you can see in the upper right hand corner, I'm logged in as David Chavez, this is a student account. Now as David, I can go to several different places to find this notebook. One of them is my OneDrive account. So if I go to my OneDrive account, and then select shared with me, you'll notice the biology 101 notebook.
So I'll open that up, and we can take a look at it from the perspective of a student. And this is important. As you can see, they do have access to the collaboration space in the same way that we did as the instructor. As a student, because I have the collaboration space unlocked, they do have the ability to add information in here. So not only can David see this information, but they'll also be able to make edits inside of here such as adding resources. Next is the content library, which they have access to. However for this one, they can only see it.
They will not be able to make any edits. They can view it. One thing they can do however is to copy pages. So in other words if you have an assignment that you want a student to do, they can go ahead and copy this assignment and then go into their notebook. So at the very bottom you'll see their notebook. David could now go into here, go under homework and paste in this. Now I've already pasted it, so as you can see this is a copy of the original assignment. And because it's a copy, David can go ahead and make edits to this, in fact this is where he would complete the answers to this and then I could give him his feedback.
One thing that you'll notice which is different in the student account, is that they can only see their notebook. They don't have access to any other student notebooks, so as the instructor can see each one of his students, the actual students will only be able to see and make edits inside of their notebook. So I found that this is a wonderful way to share information online with your students, allow them to access it, make edits to it, to turn in assignments, for you to communicate and give feedback back to the students and more. So as you can see, the OneNote class notebook application allows you to create collaborative digital notebooks that will help you and your students be more organized, connected, and productive.
The notebooks are really easy to create, and as you go, you can continue to add new sections and pages within those sections. I suggest giving it a try. If this is something you'd like to learn more about, check out my course OneNote class notebooks in the library. And if you have any questions, you can reach me at oschinkten at linkedin dot com. Or connect with me on Twitter, where my handle is @schink10.
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