Using OneNote in Schools – some very quick uses for students

OneNote has the power to change the way you work within the classroom. Adapting resources and meeting the needs of your individual students can be a hefty challenge and require a huge number of printed resources, and OneNote can reduce this workload dramatically.

We’ve put together a few ways in which students may benefit from using OneNote.

  1. Create a Class Notebook for your group of students

    OneNoteThe Class NoteBook Add-in for OneNote is particularly useful for students. It works with Active Directory so you can select all the students that you would like to be able to access your Year 7 History group, for example. It’s very quick to set up (just a few clicks for the teacher) and means your class all have a shared collaboration note space, access to the content that you wish to distribute, their own personal (private between teacher and student) notebook, and easy-to-send assignments and tasks.
    For teachers, this is everything in one space, so feedback is quicker (it’s lighter to mark your books) and there’s significantly less printing required.
    For students, this is the ability to have everything in one space. No more lost resources, and a great collaboration space to really share and improve ideas. New-to-the-class students won’t miss out on any old collaboration or content either.

  2. Quality feedback for continued improvement

    As OneNote isn’t restricted to just typing input, you can use a variety of different tools to provide feedback for your students. Using linked audio enables you to record sound alongside notes (that appear at the right time of the recording) straight onto a piece of work.
    Ask yourself how many times a student has wanted some feedback at the end of a lesson, but your quick notes or circles around the word “nice” have been misremembered by the time the next lesson comes along.Linked audio provides the vocal reminder of exactly what improvements need to be made, and the reasons why. Use it in line with your marking policy, and keep a good record of feedback and improvement (big ticks for Ofsted).
    In terms of student development, their improvements and learning are likely to increase as they can return to this feedback at any time, and in any place and revise with a clearer understanding.

  3. Improved reading and writing skills, less discrimination

    Learning Tools as an add-in improves comprehension with key features such as ‘focus mode’to remove distractions, change font spacing and line lengths for new/emerging readers, ‘parts of speech’ and ‘syllabification’ to aid reading and word recognition. This all encourages children to read and learn at their own pace with their own style of resources to suit them. Let’s not forget the simple ability to change the colour of the page (along with a dyslexia friendly font face) to help students with dyslexia or impaired vision.
    All of this adds up to less discrimination in class, and less time dedicated to printing differentiated resources, resulting in more time to dedicate to facilitating learning.

  4. Inking and sketching for visible aids.

    Windows 10 and tablet devices help take OneNote to the next level by bringing in the various touch features.
    Inking works ‘hand-in-hand’ with the inbuilt handwriting recognition to make notetaking quicker (more legible), and keeping the process of pen-to-paper. This features also allows you to add quick sketches and diagrams to enhance notes with visual aids to improve knowledge retention.

There are many other ways that you might use OneNote in a classroom environment. Hand out assignments to your students, for example, and because it’s secure on the cloud, they can do it anywhere, in any place, at any time (on time!) allowing learning to continue everywhere.

Remember, OneNote and Office 365 are free for schools…find out more.

Take a look at our quick guide for staff using OneNote or ask us about your Office 365/Microsoft OVS