- Student notebooks: Private notebooks that are shared between the teacher and each individual student. Teachers can access these notebooks at any time, but students cannot see each other’s notebooks.
- Content library: A place where teachers can handout course materials to students.
- Collaboration space: A space for anyone in the class to share, organize and collaborate.
This week (7/10/2014) Microsoft officially launched the OneNote Class Notebook Creator app for Office 365.
It has been in preview for a while now. I have used it in presentations and training sessions and teachers have really liked how easy it is to use and how powerful it can be in the classroom.
1. What is the OneNote Class Notebook Creator?
According to the official Office Blog:
Built on Office 365 and SharePoint Online, the OneNote Class Notebook Creator saves teachers time and boosts classroom efficiency by:
- Making it easier to collect homework, quizzes, exams and handouts.
- Enabling all student work and teacher feedback to be exchanged automatically in one place virtually anytime, anywhere.
- Combining real-time, individualized coaching of a shared notebook with the collaborative creativity of OneNote and digital handwriting.
The app creates a OneNote class notebook, which is organized into three areas:
2. Installing the OneNote Class Notebook Creator App
To install the app you will need administrator access to your Office 365 tenant. Follow the steps here to install for your school.
3. Using the app
You can create a Class Notebook from within a Class Site or OneDrive in Office 365.
Simply launch the app from your site and follow the steps:
1. Name your notebook
2. Review the structure – decide if you want collaborative sections, for example
3. Add your student names – either type them in or copy and paste a semi-colon separated list of your class members
4. Design Student sections – these will be the sections in each student notebook – the defaults are Handouts, Class Notes, Homework, Quizzes; you can change this, for example you might want different sections for topics or subjects
Once you have created your notebook you can copy a link and share this with your students.
4. Other Resources
This Sway contains lots more info about the OneNote Class Notebook Creator and some videos showing the tool in use. You will also meet the team who created the Creator: