OneNote for Students – Collaborating in the classroom with a OneNote Class Notebook [Interactive Tutorial]

The need for collaboration and communication between and among students and teachers is a high priority within education, and having the appropriate technology to seamlessly blend this in to day-to-day teaching and learning is key.

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In recent weeks we’ve been exploring some of the interactive tutorials that can be found on the OneNote in Education website which break down by functionality and usage scenario some of the key features of OneNote that can enable students and teachers to create and manage their notes in a way that allows them to study more effectively, both as individuals and collaboratively.

The tutorial below provides an insight into how the OneNote Class Notebook Creator can be used to access a personal workspace, assignments and teacher feedback, as well as providing a safe and secure environment for collaboration and group work:

Collaborating in the classroom with a OneNote Class Notebook

As you’ll discover in the tutorial, the OneNote Class Notebook is divided into 3 main sections:

  • Collaboration Space for sharing and editing content across students in real time
  • Content Library for various course materials
  • Student Notebook which provides private space for individual students and their teachers to communicate and see how their learning is progressing.

The teacher can control access and editing permissions across the different sections of the Class Notebook. This allows them to provide each student with a private place to work without their classmates being able to see their notes, and also keep the course materials protected from any editing by anyone other than the teacher.

This doesn’t come at the cost of creativity or group work, as the Collaboration Space gives the entire class a place where each student can share their ideas with their classmates, see who has contributed what, and receive real-time feedback from their teacher.

Students can also copy course materials from the Content Library into their own Notebook to work on them in private, while still sharing this area with the teacher in order to receive feedback and grading on their work.

The OneNote Class Notebook Creator is just one aspect of OneNote that will make learning easy, faster and more progressive, giving students and teachers an opportunity to work together and improve the way we learn.


For further tutorials and more information about OneNote, please visit OneNote in Education.

OneNote is free with Office 365, which is also available to students and teachers at no cost through their academic institution’s existing Microsoft Education Subscription. You can check your eligibility at

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