I really liked the session where we learnt about One Note because we are now able to use the app in our classroom. I really like learning about technology and how it can benefit my learning.

Caleb L

Student - Year 6

This round of embedding iPad skills with Stage 3 continues from the last session on OneDrive: Documents and Organisation (see the stage 2 version here) where we achieved consistency with saving, accessing and organising files and folders in OneDrive.



  • Build upon earlier OneDrive Session
  • Introduce OneNote
  • Introduce OneNote Class Notebook
  • Join the class notebook
  • complete tasks in the Class NoteBook

Introducing OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook:

OneNote is part of our Office365 offerings and brings us a digital notebook with sections and pages containing written and typed content alongside images, screen clippings, video, links, and audio. OneNote is also highly accessible form with a mature set of apps as well as a collaborative platform. It is the tool that makes the Office365 offerings very desirable.

OneNote Class Notebook:

OneNote class Notebook is a special bit of gear! It has three main areas:

  • A teacher area and content library where only teachers can edit the pages but it is read only for students. Students can copy content from this area into their own notebooks.
  • A collaborative area where all members can edit the pages.
  • An Individual student area where each student gets a private notebook shared for between themselves and the teacher. Students only see their notebook but the teacher sees all the notebooks.
Why OneNote Class Notebook?

We will NOT be using OneNote to replace our workbooks but we will be using OneNote ALONGSIDE of workbooks for content:

  • where digital notes are a better option. eg where we want typing plus drawing, links, images, video, audio recordings, documents, tables, lists . ..
  • As a record to be kept as a portfolio of work eg. photos of created art works.
  • As a record of online or digital work as links, videos or screenshots.
  • Where more powerful feedback is required.
  • Where greater access and backup of content is required.
Getting going with the class notebooks:

We did some setup beforehand with staff to choose folders for their student notebook area and to add the “external tool” to Schoology. Then we were ready for students to get started!

Students getting started:

  • firstly made sure they had OneNote app and that it was logged into with their school ID.
  • Then logged in to portal.sacs.nsw.edu.au in Safari on their iPads and clicked on the Schoology tile.
  • In their Schoology class course they clicked on the Onenote Class Notebook link we made in the materials and log in to permit access and sets up their individual work areas. (teachers can now see each of their individual folders)
  • Then Open in OneNote means that the Notebook is now in the app on their devices, synchronising and ready to roll!
First tasks in OneNote Class Room:

Students were given a stylus each to keep and the initially had a look around and explore. Normally the teacher would distribute a page into all of their individual Notebooks but we chose to copy a page from the teacher area into each of their Technology folders. the page had a number of tasks to complete including:

  • Writing their name in the appropriate spot
  • adding a link to the portal for online access
  • Adding a tick box list of the types of content they can add in OneNote
  • Adding a photo of a bit of art they have made into a page in the Visual Arts folder
  • Add a photo of a page added as a “document” – very cool how it does this!
  • A drawing of a cube
  • A short audio recording about how your experience has been.

Overall the experience was a good one and all the students and staff seemed to value the session. We feel Onenote and OneNote Class Notebook are valuable tools for learning and we look forward to seeing them mature.


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