Meet Kevin, an undergrad at a large university in Oregon. Kevin lives on campus and uses his laptop everywhere from the library to his dorm, to the hallway outside the classroom. And he never goes anywhere without his smart phone, which he checks before, during, and after class. Kevin’s university provides Live@EDU for all its students and staff. With these great tools, he can do his homework, stay on top of his social life, and have non-stop access to all of his files. And the fact that it’s free? Bonus.
This semester, Kevin’s course load will help illustrate each of the tools within Live@EDU, their features, and the many ways the Microsoft Office Web Apps make life easier for both students and faculty.
OneNote gives you an effective solution to organize your notes and assignments and its built-in features create a revolutionary way to prepare for exams.
Kevin’s class: Modern Art History
Assignment: Exam on paintings of the first half of the 20th century
Each class, Kevin’s Modern Art History professor shows slides and gives in-depth lectures on each work of art, covering roughly 30 works across each unit. The upcoming exam will cover paintings from 1900 through 1950, including work from Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollack, and many other famous artists.
The exams are essay-driven, so the students need to know extensive details in order to write about all the pieces: dates, movements, artists, countries, title of work, and their unique story. With this depth of knowledge required, the OneNote Web App is Kevin’s key tool in exam preparation.
It’s time to get started:
The OneNote format makes taking, organizing, and reviewing notes simple. Kevin is starting with notes from each slide or work of art the professor has displayed, and he has quickly typed in facts, dates, and bits of information that relate to what he must learn. Once he has more time after class, he can organize his information using different sections and pages within OneNote.
Kevin can really leverage the sections and pages in creative ways to make the test preparation easier. For example, the testing environment will include only an image to prompt him for an essay, so Kevin can add can also add a section that only includes images so that he can quiz himself on what he knows.
With the breadth of the internet, some simple searches will deliver digital versions of each of the slides Kevin needs to know for his exam. By saving images to his computer, he can add the images to the OneNote Notebook, and quiz himself on the information he must know with every piece of art. OneNote allows him to add images, tables, and links, making it easier to edit and manipulate the visual resources needed to study for an art history exam. When it comes time for them to assemble further research for term papers, he can add links to different online sources, create tables to organize information and data, or add clip art.
All of the Office Web Apps offer the ability to access files, projects, and assignments wherever you have an internet connection. This becomes helpful if you leave your computer at home and jump into the computer lab to update an assignment, and also it’s extremely useful as a backup of all your data. Sharing is a great collaboration tool – Kevin can grant anyone access and specifically define who can view and edit his file. When it comes time to work in groups to develop a term presentation, his classmates can work off his notes in his OneNote notebook.
How to Share Your Work
The Web App interface lets you share your work with other users. Select ‘edit’ for those you want to contribute to your work, and select ‘view’ for those you would only like to access your files but should not have the permission to change them.
With lots of information on a page, it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for. Where the software version of OneNote offers a robust search tool to find text within an entire notebook, Kevin can still find what he needs using the browser. When updating information on Piet Mondrian, instead of scrolling and searching through the page, all he has to do is use the “Find” function available in his browser. This highlights the information on the page and he can quickly update the information much faster than scrolling and searching.
How to Search quickly
Where the OneNote version on your computer has a built-in interface for searching for content throughout the entire notebook, use the ‘Find’ function in your browser to search using the OneNote Web App.
With your cursor placed within the body of a page, press ‘Control+F’ or ‘Command+F’.
With all of these great capabilities within the Microsoft OneNote Web App, Kevin will be well prepared for his Modern Art History exam.
The Web Apps offer great functionality from the browser, but the software versions offer an even more powerful, complete experience. The software version of OneNote allows you to:
- Record audio and video
- Embed a note-taking interface within Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Create digital flashcards
- Tag content to quickly organize your content
- Search within the notebook
To learn more about the software version of Microsoft OneNote, click here.
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