Office 365 OneNote for Beginners


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  • Explore the basic functions of OneNote.
  • Create a notebook for personal, PLC, or student use.
  • Maneuver through the Home Ribbon, Insert Options, etc
  • Work through the sharing processes of OneNote, sharing with a colleague.
  • Brainstorm on ways to implement OneNote.

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 don't learn it?
  • How can we extend and enrich the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency?

Why OneNote is great for teachers?

Organization + Efficiency = Saving TIME

Teachers enjoy the flexibility and ease of OneNote. They can keep themselves more organized and efficient, easily update curriculum, add new information for a specific group of students, and customize a notebook according to student needs and learning styles.

Individualize Educational Materials

Teachers can easily customize a OneNote notebook with personal notes, links, and information for later reference. OneNote is a great tool to use for a geographically-distributed audience because the Collaboration ability enables dynamic class activities.

OneNote is easy-to-use

Using OneNote is like using a regular notebook. The only difference is that you have it where you need it, you never run out of space, you can share your information and you'll never lose important files. Plus, with the many features available in OneNote it can be your go to resource to organize, collaborate, and communicate with all the flexibility of other Microsoft Office applications familiar to you.


Activity One: Creating a new Notebook

  • Open your email, click on the waffle, select One Drive. Always begin in One Drive to create a New Notebook or to delete a notebook.
  • Click the down arrow key and select New OneNote Notebook. Give it a name and continue. It may prompt to share, but you can share a notebook at anytime.
  • Let's explore the layout and functions in OneNote.
  • Sections, Pages, Pancake, Ribbon, Pinning, etc.

Activity Two: Insert, Copy and Pasting from other Resources

  • Insert files, documents, PPT, Excel Spreadsheets, Pictures, Links, audio, etc.
  • Internet, use Internet Explore to pull items directly into OneNote. Click on Tools, Select Link to OneNote or OneNote Linked Notes.
  • MS Word  & PowerPoint, Click Review, then Linked Notes to OneNote.

Activity Three: Enhancing Productivity with OneNote

  • Search, search using OneNote with Outlook, Page Templates, Drawing, Pin your search, search by author
  • History  
  • Creating Tags from the Home ribbon.

Activity Four: Integration of OneNote & Outlook

  • Send emails to OneNote,
  • Private Notes can be Password Protected. Passwords are case sensitive and can not be recovered
  • Translation tool
  • Lastly, Share Notebook, Collaborate with others. OneNote will send an email to recipient. Choose can edit or can view.........

Open OneNote Notebooks from One Drive

Quick OneNote Resources

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