It is simple to create a new Class Notebook inside of OneNote. Once you select the Create a Notebook tab, you will be prompted to name your notebook and then determine sections, invite students, and more.
- In this video, we'll take a look at how to create a new Class Notebook using OneNote. So, I'm on the Class Notebook homepage and here, I'll go through each of the steps to create a new notebook for my biology class, but then, throughout the course, I'll go back and elaborate on some of the steps. Including adding students, adding teachers and more. First, from the Class Notebook homepage, I'm going to click on create a class notebook. Over here on the left, I'll click that. And this brings me to a page where we can begin creating that notebook. The first step is to name it.
And I'm going to give it the name of my class. So, I'll type in Biology 101. You may decide here that you want to put in section one, or something like that. In this case, I have it named, so I'll click on next. Now this will bring us to a page that gives us an overview of our notebook. Telling us about the different sections that we'll have inside. First, we have the collaboration space. This is an area where students and teachers can work together. Both the teachers and students will be able to edit content that is in the collaboration space.
Next, inside of the notebook we have the content library. This is where you can publish course materials to your students. It's a great place to share resources. Here, the teacher can edit and add content, however, the students will only be able to view the content. And finally, there's student notebooks. Each student will have their own private notebook that they'll be able to edit, they'll be able to add things to it and so on. However, they won't be able to see any other student notebooks. So, they can only see their own. As the teacher, however, you will be able to see the notebook of all of your students.
You'll be able to add things, comment inside of it, edit it, and so on. So, once we've taken a look at this, I'll click on next. And here we have the ability to add a teacher. So, if you have a co-teacher, or just a teacher that you want to share this with, we can do that by adding them inside of here by typing in their name. I'll start typing Aaron. And as you can see, in our system we have Aaron Quigley pop up. We could add him here. In this case, I'm not going to, 'cause we don't have to add teachers if we don't want. And we can add them later if we want, so I'm just going to click next.
And next, we can start adding students. So, we can do that by typing in student names, here. And if they're in your system, they should pop up. In other words, I'll type in David and I can see that David Chavez appears. I'll click on David. And as you can see, I am now going to share this notebook with him. If you've created a group within Outlook, you could also type that group name in here, and then we'll enter all of those students in and share the notebook with them. So, in this case, I can enter students here. I'm going to leave David in as an example and I'll click next.
Next, it's letting us know about the different sections that are created within each student's private notebook. They're telling us right now that there will be a handout section, class note section, homework section and quizzes section. That's by default. If you want to get rid of one of these, you can do so by clicking right here, or unchecking it. So, if I didn't want the handout section, I can simply uncheck that. And now it will not have a handout section. Also, I can add a section if I want a different section here. For example, I'll click add more.
I'm just going to type in labs. So, now I have a lab section as well. Once you have your sections set up that will appear in the student notebooks, you can go ahead and click next. And here they give us a preview of our notebook. Up at the top, they're asking, "Did we get this right?" And they want to make sure that it looks correct before they actually create the notebook. So, here you need to confirm whether this looks the way we like it to. Up on the top, I'm now clicked on the teacher notebook and I can see here what that will look like. It's my Biology 101 notebook.
We have the welcome section. Followed by the collaboration space, the content library and then it will list each of my student notebooks below this. In this case, I've only added one student. So, I can see here that David Chavez appears. Now, up at the top right, I can click student notebook to see what the student's view will look like. And this is what their notebook will look like. A welcome, collaboration space, content library, and then they'll be able to see their own personal notebook with the different sections inside. Such as handouts, class notes, homework, and so on.
So, if this is the way that we like it to look, we can simply click on create down at the bottom. And it will begin creating our notebook. So, I've now created a Classroom Notebook for my Biology 101 class. Right away, we can see that we can open up our notebook, here. We could click here to open it up in the desktop app, or we could click here to open it in the OneNote online. I'll click here. And then we'll open up that Biology 101 notebook online. Now, remember that I'm logged in as a teacher. So, I'm going to see the teacher view of this.
Over on the left, we have collaboration space, content library and all of my students. In this case, we only have David. And then here, you can see that there is some things that are added in by Microsoft by default in here that are just kind of, guiding you through the notebook. But, you can get rid of these things if you want. We'll take a look at that later. Here, I want to go back to my Office 365 account, though. And, here I am again and I have the different apps. And, let's take a look at a couple different places where we can access this notebook. First of all, we created in Class Notebook, but I want to go over to OneNote.
And if I click on my OneNote app, you'll notice here that up at the top, we get recent notebooks, my notebooks and shared with me. So, I can click on recent and obviously, we just opened that up and then my notebooks. And as you can see, my default notebook is in here. But then also, I have my Biology 101 notebook. So, this is a great place to go to access all of those notebooks. Now, I can close that, go back to Office 365 and from here, I can also open these in OneDrive. So, OneDrive is going to save all of your stuff.
And the class notebooks are not an exception. So, they're right here. I can click class notebooks. There's a folder for it. And it has the Biology 101 Class Notebook in there. I'm going to back out. Notice, there's a Class Notebook folder here. I didn't go and add that. That was automatically created when I created the Biology 101 notebook. So, again, I can open that up. Here is that notebook. I could click on it and access it that way. Now, I'll also be able to sync and access this notebook in my OneNote desktop app. Something we'll take a look at later in this course.
But, there we have it. We've created our first notebook.
- Using the Class Notebook add-in
- Creating notebooks
- Adding students and teachers
- Creating content: text, tables, audio, and more
- Syncing notebooks with the OneNote desktop app
- Adding assignments
- Connecting notebooks to an LMS