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Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote

by Microsoft

GRADES / Elementary (Grades K-4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), High School (Grades 9-12)
PLATFORMS / Android, Web Browser, iPad, Kindle, Windows

Create, store & organize class content and lesson plans


OneNote is a flexible tool allowing content creation and sharing within the classroom. The tool uses standard Microsoft Office authoring tools and allows students and teachers to imbed voice recordings and other content from the internet. OneNote can be downloaded and used for free, but the full version of the product is available through the purchase of Microsoft Office.


OneNote is a flexible tool allowing teachers to create and organize content, from lesson plans to assignments to field trip details. OneNote also allows students to interact with teachers’ lessons and to submit assignments. OneNote was first released by Microsoft in 2003.


Teachers and students can download OneNote through their school’s subscription to Microsoft Office, or on their own from the OneNote website. They can then immediately use the tool to create “notebooks” and individual pages within the notebooks. Teachers create links for students and other teachers who will participate in the class’ notebooks, which can then be emailed to the correct recipients.

Teachers can use OneNote for a variety of purposes, including self-organization, lesson creation and curriculum delivery. Using pages within notebooks centered around a particular subject, teachers create to-do lists, keep track of resources to use in the classroom, and integrate their notebooks with other Office products (i.e. Word, Outlook, etc.) To create lessons, teachers can imbed recorded audio, or video and images from around the internet into the notebook.

To create and complete assignments, students and teachers use OneNote’s authoring features. These are the same as those found in other Microsoft Office products (i.e. word processing, creating shapes, coloring, etc.) If a touch screen is available, the user can also write directly into the notebook. The teacher can grade completed assignments directly in OneNote.

Once the lesson or assignments are created, teachers can share them using OneNote’s Class Notebook Creator. This tools consists of 3 “spaces:”

  • The Collaboration Space allows teachers & students to collaborate together on the same document
  • The Content Library allows teachers to edit & post documents, and students to view them
  • Student Notebooks are private to each student, though the teacher can view and edit them

Teachers share assignments & lessons with individual students, where each can take her own notes and complete assignments by herself.


OneNote can be used on nearly any advice; the program can be accessed via browser and downloaded to Apple, Android, or Windows devices and the Kindle Fire. Internet access is not required to use OneNote, but it is required for syncing a student or teacher’s work with others in the class.

OneNote can be used in a classroom with students of any age.


OneNote can be downloaded and used for free from the OneNote website. The version of OneNote available with a paid subscription to Office supports all of the product’s features; Office for schools is available for $4.50/faculty member per month, and $2.50/student per month.


As of early 2016, OneNote was being used by more than 3.5 million students, according to the company.


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