OneNote Class Notebook Creator – updates and improvements

We’ve had a number of posts recently about OneNote, an in particular how it can be used in education via the OneNote Class Notebook Creator. This tool has been available for a couple of months now, and teachers all around the world have been making great use of it as a framework way of structuring their lessons, and managing work both inside and away from the classroom. As with any product, there’s only so much tweaking you can do before you have to release it into the wild and see what the people who use it make of it.


The feedback the OneNote team have had has been fantastic, and here in the UK we’ve had some great stories coming out of the schools and colleges that have been using the Class Notebook Creator. Between the feedback from teachers and the importance Microsoft in Education places on OneNote being used in classrooms across the world, the OneNote team have made a number of improvements that should make OneNote an even more powerful tool for inspiring organisation and collaboration between students and teachers.

These improvements can be broadly broken down into the following areas:

  • The ability to add more teachers to the class notebook
  • New Language support
  • Improved discoverability in Office 365
  • Get an email when the class notebook is created
  • Keep track of your notebook links
  • Performance improvements
  • Easier for IT Admins
  • Additional user interface improvements and bug fixes

The OneNote team have written a fantastic blog piece of their own that goes into much greater detail about all of the improvements to OneNote mentioned above, as well as putting together an interactive guide that shows you just how to get the best out of this particular education tool:

If you aren’t currently using OneNote, then it can be found within Office 365. As part of our Pro Plus Benefit for Students and Teachers, complimentary copies of Office 365 can be activated by staff and students at eligible schools, colleges and universities, so everyone in education has the opportunity to take advantage of all that the OneNote Class Notebook Creator has to offer.

There is now also a dedicated OneNote in Education section on the Office Blog, which will see more education-focused updates, including guest posts from teachers, faculty and education leaders. We hope you continue to find OneNote a valuable tool both inside and away from the classroom, and please feel free to get in touch with any of us here on the Microsoft Education UK team if you have a great story about how you are using it, or indeed if you have any questions.

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