This is the inaugural entry of the new OneNote and education blog!  My name is Mike Tholfsen and I am the test manager of the OneNote team and will be the primary author of this blog.  Since Dan, John, David, Olya, Michael, Jeff, and Chris (ex-OneNote) all have their own OneNote blogs, I thought I'd blog about one of the areas I'm very passionate about, which is OneNote and education.  I am interested in how OneNote can help enhance the learning environment and I believe OneNote will be a primary tool for 21st century education.  We also plan to have other guest bloggers from the OneNote team and from other Microsoft teams post education-related entries here.  John Guin is still writing the OneNote Testing blog so even though I'm the test manager, this blog will be about OneNote and education.


Because there are so many things happening right now with OneNote and education, we wanted to start this blog to have a dialog with the education community, as well as share ideas, resources, and gather feedback from teachers, students and faculty.  We also hope to point to examples of great things that educators and students are doing today with OneNote and education.  In addition to K-12 and Higher Education, you can also expect to see topics on eLearning, Training and on-boarding with OneNote.  Many companies, including Microsoft, are delivering eLearning solutions using OneNote.


Some of the types of OneNote-related entries I hope to cover in this blog include:

  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Schools
  • Collaborative learning
  • Collaborative curriculum development
  • OneNote education samples
  • OneNote tips for education
  • Future directions for OneNote and education
  • Corporate eLearning, training and on-boarding
  • Corporate educators
  • A bunch of other fun stuff


Over the last few years, I've had the opportunity to meet with teachers, students and faculty from around the world, and I've seen some amazing things that people have done with OneNote.  I look forward to starting a dialog with everyone and you should expect many future blog entries about OneNote and education.