Teacher Review for Microsoft OneNote

Great cross-platform tool for collaboration

Jaclyn C.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
For schools/boards/districts who have Office365 and Sharepoint, there is an app called "OneNote Class Notebook Creator". This allows you to set up a class notebook with a teacher sections (course notes, resources, etc.), a collaboration section (that everyone can edit) and a section for each student that only them and the teacher can edit. Using OneNote for course notes, resources, collaboration and student assessment allows for a linear way of organizing notes that is not available using other digital tools. This tool is great in a BYOD classroom because it is accessible on all devices. It is unfortunate that some of the best features (drawing, audio recording combined with drawing) are not available on iOS or Mac devices. In my class, I put all class notes and resources (files, links) in the teacher section. In the collaboration section we create pages for each group and they store all notes and rough work there. The individual student areas are used by students for individual assessments and we keep a portfolio and record of all assessment in there.
My Take
This tool can help organize all class materials in one place. When using the downloaded, installed 2013 version of OneNote on a Windows machine and/or Android/Windows tablets, the tool becomes great for math class. The drawing on the screen makes math much more enjoyable. Combine it with a graphics tablet (like Wacom) and it is very slick.