I wanted to use this entry as an opportunity to point out examples of some cool things being done with OneNote and education.  These examples come from both people I've been emailing with or just blogs I've seen.  Each example shows a creative use of OneNote by a teacher using OneNote in a more advanced way than just "note-taking".


How have you using OneNote education?  Feel free to send me a mail and share or leave a comment.



  1. Efficiency and Collaboration with OneNote

This is a great entry describing three different education uses for Onenote:

  1. The Digital Plan Book - I've seen many teachers use OneNote as a digital planning book.  Another great sample with have of this is our 3rd Grade Math workbook.


  1. Shared Tech Notebook - I also know of many different schools using OneNote shared notebooks in a similar way described here, including Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.


  1. Curriculum Notebook - I've pasted an excerpt from the blog for the curriculum notebook.


Perhaps the most ambitious ways we have used OneNote is to create a notebook that will be used to document the English curriculum in our building. After doing a department training on how to use OneNote, I created a department notebook to use for some basic function. But when we began the curriculum documentation process, we thought this provided the perfect platform for collaborating on curriculum development. As a result, are beginning to use the OneNote notebook to create unit plans, brainstorm assessments and activities, and, eventually, create lesson plans for each unit. We used tab sections to break up the grade levels and to separate Honors curriculum from the standard units. Tabs divide up the units and the pages contain all the pertinent information for each unit.



  1. OneNote and the Count of Monte Cristo

Kelli Etheredge, a teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, sent me this description of how she is  using OneNote to teacher her World Literature class.  Kelli gave me permission to post this on the blog:


 I do not have a textbook in my class (World Literature) and so students either read paperbacks or I provide them with copies of excerpts from works.  Because it is World Literature and we have an emphasis on the classics, I do not have a problem with copyright issues.  I simply download the excerpts to OneNote and we share the texts on the class’s notebook.  Any notes (notations about alliteration, figurative language, etc.) I make on the text with my tablet, are then saved to the notebook and the students have them at home.  Recently, however, we moved to a more collaborative project where the students added information to the class’s notebook.  After reading the Count of Monte Cristo, we conducted a mock trial of the Count for murder.  Students were assigned roles and they were expected to work together to prepare the case.  The witnesses all had to submit letters and character charts to OneNote, which served as affidavits for the trial.  The prosecution and defense teams had private sections that were password protected so they could work together at school and at home.  One group conducted a live session one night to work on the project. Additionally, I was in Mesa, Arizona at Peer Coaching Facilitator training for part of the trial preparation time, and while I was away I recorded instructions on the types of questions asked at trial and how to draft questions for the trial.  The power of the program made all of this possible. 



  1. The Live Answer Key - My tablet, Camtasia, and OneNote

You don't get better thinking from a student then when they are taking a test. Even if they miss the problem - they probably thought hard about it and really made their best attempt. So after the test it is very beneficial to go over the exam with the students...but who has the time??? There is more material to cover and barely enough time for that. My solution - make a video of myself working the key. I always provide a copy of the key to my exams to the students - now I use my tablet, OneNote, and Camtasia to record myself working through the key so the students can see a step by step demonstration of each problem. After I have made the video I select "publish as pdf" under the file option in OneNote and wahlah the students have both a hard copy and a video copy of the key. I gave my college algebra students an extra credit opportunity where they had to watch the video and then email me 3 questions that they missed and describe what the did wrong - this was very beneficial...the students loved being able to hear and see me working the problems.