“OneNote is so much more than a piece of software, it is a framework for teaching and learning.”
—Rob Baker, director of technology, Cincinnati Country Day School

We’ve been tremendously proud over the years to see OneNote helping teachers revolutionize learning in their classrooms.

Across the country and around the world, we’ve seen many classrooms innovating with OneNote to power 21st century digital learning experiences by:

  • Empowering students to take visual notes with ease—place images, text, printouts, tables, ink, screenshots and files in OneNote’s “anything, anywhere” freeform canvas.
  • Eliminating paper by replacing printouts on paper with printouts to OneNote.
  • Combining OneNote with the creative power of digital ink, especially on Surface Pro 3, to deliver the most natural digital educational experiences possible.

These types of experiences with OneNote in the classroom inspired the OneNote team, in partnership with Microsoft Research and Microsoft China, to develop the concept of the OneNote class notebook.  The OneNote Class Notebook Creator app helps teachers quickly set up a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities—all within one powerful notebook.


Built on Office 365 and SharePoint Online, the OneNote Class Notebook Creator saves teachers time and boosts classroom efficiency by:

  • Making it easier to collect homework, quizzes, exams and handouts.
  • Enabling all student work and teacher feedback to be exchanged automatically in one place virtually anytime, anywhere.
  • Combining real-time, individualized coaching of a shared notebook with the collaborative creativity of OneNote and digital handwriting.

The app creates a OneNote class notebook, which is organized into three areas:

  • Student notebooks: Private notebooks that are shared between the teacher and each individual student. Teachers can access these notebooks at any time, but students cannot see each other’s notebooks.
  • Content library: A place where teachers can handout course materials to students.
  • Collaboration space: A space for anyone in the class to share, organize and collaborate.

OneNote class notebooks 

Like OneNote, the app is free for educators with Office 365 and is available today in the Office Store. Visit to learn more about OneNote, including how to install it on all your devices. Follow these steps to get started with the OneNote Class Notebook Creator:

  1. IT administrator: Install the OneNote Class Notebook Creator app for teachers to use by following the installation instructions.
  1. Teachers: Learn how to create a class notebook and experience it with an interactive guide. More OneNote teacher training available at OneNote for

A big thank you to teachers and administrators across Canada and North America at Appleby College, Whitfield School, Cincinnati Country Day School and St. Thomas School for their tremendous input toward creating this tool and the idea of the OneNote class notebook. We know that their work will pave the way for future schools.

We always love to hear your feedback at so we can continue to make the tool and OneNote even better for use in the classroom.

We will leave you with a few excited emails and tweets we received from educators:

“OneNote, simply put, is one of the most powerful teaching and learning tools I’ve ever encountered…”

“Microsoft OneNote in the classroom… One of the most powerful tools in #edtech when used effectively.”

“What DOESN’T OneNote do? It’s literally Microsoft’s wunderkind 4 the 21st century classroom!”

“#OneNote is just too easy to use every day in the classroom.”

“Microsoft’s best kept secret?->Using OneNote in the classroom.”

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Published: 10/7/2014 22:31