Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Notes in the cloud, part of Office for Educators.
- As educators, we're bombarded with information that we want to capture. Perhaps we're keeping logs of student behavior, we're writing down student questions to look up later, or even taking notes on how to adjust a particular lesson plan for future classes. In my own classroom, I use post-it notes on everything. I've seen other educators carry notebooks around with them constantly, but more often than not, no matter what your system is, some information is just never recorded. Microsoft's OneNote is a great way to not only capture these notetaking opportunities, but to also make sure we always have access to our notes.
As a cloud-based program, meaning it lives on the Microsoft servers, we can log into OneNote from any internet connected computer or even using a tablet or smartphone. Here in my web browser, I've already logged into OneNote. Now, you'll need a Microsoft Live account to do it, and if you have an account, all you have to do is simply log in, and you can automatically access it. By default, it automatically brings you to the notebook called My Notebook, and a section called Quick Notes. This way, the minute you launch OneNote, if all you're trying to do is quickly write something down, all you have to do is click, add a title, directly below that, add text.
And it's going to automatically save it for you in you OneNote account. Now before we dive into using OneNote, let's take a second to understand the structure of OneNote. I've created a section for this particular video call Office for Educators, and I've created a page called the OneNote Structure. Here, on the OneNote Structure page, I'm going to go ahead and walk through how OneNote's organized. In OneNote, we can create notebooks, we can create sections, and we can create pages. These three areas are actually nestled together. So, for example, I could have a notebook called Notebook 1.
Inside of Notebook 1, I could have three sections: 1, 2, and 3. And then inside those three sections, I can organize a variety of pages. In order to see the structure, let's go ahead and click on Notebooks in the upper left hand corner. Here I can see the one notebook that's automatically created for me when I first sign up for a OneNote account, and that's My Notebook. I'm going to go and create a new notebook, and I'm going to call this 7th Grade Science. Let go ahead and click Create.
Now that I've created the 7th Grade Science notebook, I can tell that I'm in that particular notebook because it says 7th Grade Science at the top of the screen. Now, inside this notebook, I still have a Quick Notes section that's automatically created so that I can quickly add notes to it, but I could also go ahead create new sections by clicking the + Section button on the left hand side. For example, maybe I have three periods of 7th Grade Science, and so let's go ahead and call one First Period. Let's click OK. And I can see that a new section has been added on the left hand navigation.
Now, when I click between my various sections, I can also see the pages that are created. So, in First Period, I may have a page that's going to track student behavior. So, I'm going to go ahead and title this Student Behavior. You'll notice that as I type the title, which is directly above the solid line, it's also going to appear as the page title on the left hand side. I'm going to go ahead and click my cursor just down into the actual page section, and here I can go ahead and add anecdotes, such as, let's say a student's initials and maybe they were acting up in class, and I'd like to make a note of that.
You'll notice, one of the benefits to using OneNote is it's not only going to add my note, information I can reference later, it's also going to tell me the date and time that I created this particular note. If I'd like, I can add multiple pages by clicking the + Page button, and I can go ahead and give them a new title and new information. I can also quickly jump between my various sections and at any time, I can go ahead and click Notebooks and jump back to the main view of all my Notebooks.
- Creating lesson plan templates
- Creating worksheets with math equations, charts, and graphs
- Grading papers
- Creating a gradebook in Excel
- Creating an animated presentation
- Setting up a school email account in Outlook
- Storing documents online with SkyDrive
- Creating a class website with SharePoint
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/01/2014. What changed?
A: We added a brand new chapter on Office Mix, the PowerPoint plugin that allows educators to record interactive presentations and test students with quizzes.
Q: This course was updated on 10/15/2015. What changed?
A. We added videos for OneNote, OneDrive, and Office Online. OneDrive replaced SkyDrive as the cloud-based file service.