Class Notebooks

October 17, 2017

What is it?

OneNote Class Notebooks have a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities.

Standards and Objectives

Team Strand - Activities and Materials

ISTE Teacher Standard - Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools

PLC Guiding Questions

· What is it we want our students to learn?

· How will we know if each student has learned it?

· How will we respond when some students do not learn it?

· How can we extend and enrich the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency?


  • * Investigate Class Notebook from a student’s perspective

    * Explain the three parts of the class notebook like Collaboration Space, Content Library

    and Student Notebook

    * Create a new class notebook using the OneNote Class Notebook

    * Add new students to an existing notebook

    * Add new teachers to an existing notebook

    * Learn how to access the links for your existing notebooks easily

    * Describe the uses for Class Notebook

Success Criteria

* Participants can locate and access a Class Notebook

* Participants can add new students to the Class Notebook

* Participants can add feedback using audio, video, drawing tools, or other advanced


Task 1: Class Notebook Tour Student View

* Go to the Office 365 App launcher

* Select the OneNote App

* Locate the Class Notebook that is Shared with Me

* Review and explain the three parts of the class notebook like Collaboration Space,

Content Library and Student Notebook

* Review the content library in this notebook

* Discuss as a group

Task 2: Student View of Collaboration Space

* Each participant will create a new page and rename it with their name

* Use this page to list the sections and pages they plan to create in the content library for their class notebook

* Discuss as a group

* Type your goals for using Class Notebook with students

  • oWhat ideas do they have?

* How to lock the collaboration space and why this is important (digital citizenship)

Task 3: Student View Individual Section

* navigate to your individual section

* Discuss the importance of the sections under the individual section

o Very Important!

  • * Created when setup and cannot mass delete
  • * Must go to each student tab to delete a section
  • * Sections can be sent using the Class Notebook Add-In

* Discuss the sections you want for the individual student sections

* Copying from the content library and pasting in their individual section.

* Copying a PDF from the content library, pasting into individual section and then setting it as background/page template so students can type on top of it.

Task 4: Demo of Class Notebook Add-In Tools

* Distribute a page to an individual

* Distribute a page to a group

* Distribute cross notebook

* Distribute a new section

* Distribute a new section group

* Discuss Distribute Content Library

* Review Student Work

* Manage Notebooks

  • o Enable Teacher Only section group (demo)
  • o Adding new students
  • o Removing students (this doesn’t delete their work/only removes access)

Task 5: Install the Class Notebook Add-in

* Select the Class Notebook App from the App launcher

* Select the Download the Class Notebook Add-in

* Installed OneNote must be closed for the add-in to be installed

* Run the file and install the Class Notebook add-in

*This must be completed on each computer

*If you see an Update option in the class notebook tab, select it to update to the newest version of the


Task 6: Create a Class Notebook

* Select the Class Notebook App from the App launcher

* Select Create a class notebook

* Select a name for the notebook

o Examples: Biology Mrs. Williams

* Notice the three area of the class notebook and the permissions

* Optional- add co-teacher or select next

* Optional- add students or select next

o Participants may want to add a teacher in training as a student * Create sections * Walk teachers through opening Class Notebook in the installed App and looking at differences and the tools that are only there such as drawing and audio recording in the installed version.

Task 7: Add content and create your first Activity

* Apply the tasks and create a Class Notebook with content
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Additional Resources

Microsoft in Education: Student Focused. Teacher Inspired