10 reasons why OneNote is the best classroom tool ever.


 

Hearing more about the use of OneNote in the classroom? Need to extend your current use? Here is the perfect list for your next OneNote discovery.

OneNote is one of the quiet hero applications in Education. On the face of it, OneNote is a great note taking and organisation tool, but when you get deeper you just can’t go past its feedback and collaboration capabilities.

Below is a list of top ten tips that we have adapted from this post. We think you’ll love them just as much as we do!

1. Smartpens

The Livescribe 3 smartpen integrates seamlessly with OneNote on iOS devices, and it’s easy to use. I tried it out myself on an iPad and a Livescribe 3 smartpen that my friends at Microsoft loaned me, so I can attest to just how smooth this trick is. Not only can you take notes on your iPhone or iPad by hand, with just a tap of your finger you can flip your scribbles into digital text so they are easily found with a quick search when compiling notes later in OneNote. You can also click a button and record what you hear while you’re writing. The ability to have listened to the lecture play back while I read through my notes? Like I said, this would have improved my grades.

Using the Surface Pens with OneNote is another fantastic way to write you notes in a lecture or class. If you have the Surface Pro 3 you can just click the purple button on your pen to open OneNote and get started.

2. Ink to Text

Whether you’re a pen-and-paper person and you write with the Surface Pen or a Livescribe Pen , or you’re an all-digital kind of person and you handwrite with a stylus, this “ink” can be converted to searchable text via OneNote’s Ink to Text feature. To handwrite notes using a stylus, click the Draw tab, click any of the color pens in the Tools group and start writing. Click Type on the Draw tab when you’re done. To convert handwriting to text, select what you want to convert and click Ink to Text. It really is that simple.

3. OneDrive + OneNote

How many students still carry their heavy three ring binders and arch lever folders to school every day? How many of them lose important pieces of spiral notebooks and a hefty three-ring binder (complete with big pockets and envelope inserts for every class) went to campus with me every day because I’m notorious for losing things. How amazing would it have been to keep it all organized digitally in a neat little OneNote notebook that I could have accessed from anywhere using OneDrive?

4. Audio/video recording

The audio feature that makes my life so easy on my Windows devices isn’t quite ready yet on the Mac versions, but I hear it's coming! I use this feature all the time, hitting record while I take notes in a meeting. Later, when I tag the notes to group my action items, I’ll often press the playback button to hear exactly what was happening in the room while I typed so that I never miss anything. I exchange a lot of data between OneNote and Outlook, and OneNote and PowerPoint, so this feature keeps it all in context

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5. Send to OneNote key

This feature cannot be beat when compiling research for papers or getting ready for a presentation. The freedom of not having to do more than press Window + Shift + S to save whatever I’m looking at as a screenshot during the creative phase is heaven, pure and simple. And it saves time and keeps everything organized so it can be found with a simple search.

6. Searchability

I know this isn’t a real live word, but I’m telling you, OneNote’s search feature is the biggest time saver in the world.

You just tap the search box in the upper right or use the Ctrl+F (Command + F on a Mac) shortcut key and you can search through everything. That’s text, OCR images… EVERYTHING. And the results list includes your notebook and section names.

7. Microsoft Office Interaction

Whether it’s a “Send To OneNote” from Outlook or the ability to link Powerpoint slides to any notebook, the push and pull between the Office Suite programs is amazing. And a huge time saver. Note: Here’s a link for how to import Powerpoint into OneNote, using the 2010 version (in case you don’t yet have Office 2013. Office 2013 offers new fun with the ability to embed Microsoft Excel tables or edit OneNote’s native tables with Excel. Also, flagging any line in OneNote allows you to turn that line into an Outlook task with a right-click. You can also email any page in your notebook and the formatting will hold in the Outlook message.

8. Tagging (and Tag Summaries)

OneNote’s ability to do Tag Summaries is rocking my world. I’m not what you’d call a neat note-taker (and I never was). I might star, arrow or tag anything on any page.

And then forget where I put it

In OneNote, I can go to the “Find Tags” button on the Home Ribbon and search for tags. In the search results in the right sidebar, there is a button that says “Tags Summary”. If I click into the body of a notebook page, clicking this button will give me a summary of all the tags I’ve flung around everywhere.

9. Templates

There are all sorts of templates in OneNote, but the student-based ones are fantastic. Here’s a sample: Just go to the Insert tab and explore the Templates section in the right sidebar (this is in OneNote 2013). The Academic section has groovy templates for students. There’s also Business and Planners, or you can make anything your heart desires from a Blank template. I can think of a million uses.

 

10. Research workflows

I love the idea of being able to make a binder for each book, or each class. I can embed any file into my notebooks as either an attachment or a printed page. But my favorite part, especially now that I’m doing more article writing? When OneNote is installed on a computer, Internet Explorer gets two buttons — Send to OneNote and Link to OneNote. When I use those clippers to send to OneNote, I get the source URL, a date and time stamp, and the formatting of the original webpage. It’s been invaluable for holding my research until I’m ready to write the article.

Note: For my non-IE friends, the Send to OneNote option will show up in the Print menu of your browser after you’ve opened OneNote the first time.

Adapted from http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/16/post-title-throwback-thursday-onenote-college/

 

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