Class Notebook is part of Office 365 for education and OneDrive for Business. Teachers and students need an organization account to access OneNote Class Notebook. This is usually an email, which is created for teachers and students. Office 2016 does not need to be installed in order to use Class Notebook. This application is available as a cloud service. The cloud-based service provides the most basic of services as compared to the application option.

Class Notebook can be accessed with the OneNote application once it has been created with the Cloud service. OneNote is available for a variety of devices. These devices include Windows desktops, laptops, Surface tablet, iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, and various Android devices. OneNote syncs notebooks with Office 365 cloud service when it's connected to the Internet. This means that notes are stored on the device and synced to the cloud when Internet access is available. When Internet access is not available, the notebooks are still editable. OneNote syncs updates to Office 365 cloud when Internet access is available.

A Class Notebook includes three sub-notebooks. These notebooks include Student Notebooks, Content Library, and Collaboration Space. The Student Notebook is a notebook that is accessible to individual students and to the teacher. Student notebooks aren't viewable by other students. The Content Library notebook is a notebook where teachers can share material with students. The content in this notebook cannot be edited by students. The last notebook, Collaboration Space, is used for teachers and students to work on collaborative assignments and projects. All these notebooks are created at the end of the setup process we will be going through in this first lesson.

Class notebooks are ideal for student-centered learning. They provide opportunities for students to collaborate and discuss their learning and discovery. Teachers can monitor student progress and provide input without intruding on the student's learning process. They can be used to diversify the learning process. Notebooks can be used to provide formative assessment and feedback to students. These cloud-based notebooks make it ideal for teachers to provide quick feedback to many students or to give more detailed input for individual students. Teachers feedback and assessment is immediate. Providing immediate feedback gets students to evaluate the feedback in the moment rather than days later when the content and focus is no longer fresh. They can be used to build a community of learners with students in their class and with other teachers and students around the world. Notebooks are an excellent way for students to construct portfolios of the learning which can then be used for student reflection.

To create a Class Notebook, log into your Office 365 account and click on the application launcher. The application launcher is usually available from within any of the Office 365 online applications like Outlook.

office 365 apps launcher

Click on the Class Notebook tile.

class notebook tile

The Class Notebook page will open. The page has four tiles to help create and manage Class Notebooks. Click on the “Create a class notebook” tile.

class notebook tiles

A series of steps will be listed on the left side. Office 365 will guide us through the process of creating a Class Notebook.

add notebook panel

Provide a name for the class or a content areas taught. The name of the notebook can be anything. Special class notebooks can be created for special projects like science fairs or product based projects.

class notebook name

Click the next button.

A message page will inform us that several notebooks will be created. Click the next button.

class notebook creation information

We have the option to include other teachers in this notebook. This is an opportunity to provide the names of other teachers or aides that will be either co-teaching, supporting or providing instructional content for curriculum and lessons. These teachers will have the same access to the notebook as the teacher that creates the notebook. This means they can view student notebooks, and access common classroom sections like the Content Library and Collaboration Space. Teachers do not have access to other teacher notebooks, which are also created during this process.

Provide another email address if this Class Notebook is going to be shared with another teacher in the organization. Teachers don't need to be entered at this time. Teachers can be added later in the Manage Notebooks section.

add teacher option

The next step in the process is to provide the email address of students that will need access to this notebook. Each address can be entered individually or pasted from another application. If the addresses are going to be pasted, each address must be separated by a semi-colon. Student emails don't have to be entered at this time. It might be better to create the notebook and setup everything before students are invited to the Class Notebook. Students can be added later using the Manage Notebooks section.

If student email addresses aren't available yet, or if you don't want to add students now, click the next button.

add student names

Class Notebook creates four default sections in each notebook. These include handouts, class notes, homework, and quizzes. We can add more sections at this time by clicking the “Add more” button. Sections are places where students can provide their content for teachers to review and grade. It also provides a way for teachers to help students organize their work and for teachers to quickly access student assignments. Additional sections can be added later in the Manage Notebooks section. We’ll use these default sections and click the next button.

default student notebook sections

Click the “Create” button to finish the process.

sample of created notebook

The Class Notebook is ready. It can be opened with OneNote, the application installed on a computer or a device. It can also be opened with OneNote online, which is the Cloud service option for OneNote. Click the option to open OneNote online.

open onenote options

OneNote online will open in a browser and display a welcome page. The notebooks section contains a list of notebooks created under the Class Notebook. In this example, that would be the Physical Science notebook. The notebooks section includes the collaboration space and content library notebooks. Each has information and instructions for using the notebook.

Click on the Notebooks link.

welcome page on open notebook

This will take us to the Notebooks page, which contains Class Notebooks and personal notebooks.

list of recent notebooks

Clicking the Class Notebooks menu option will list only the Class Notebooks. Click the Class Notebook link.

class notebook section

Each notebook has pages for taking notes. There are several pages created for us with each Class Notebook. These pages contain information for using the notebook. To Create a new page, click the “+ Page” link.

welcome information page

Once the page is created, a cursor will be placed at the top of the page to provide a title. This title will appear in the pages panel for easy navigation to each page.

blank page

Press the return key on the keyboard or click below the title to begin adding content.

page with new name

Student Notebooks In Class Notebook

Student notebooks appear in the Notebooks panel. These notebooks are automatically created and added when student accounts are added to the Class Notebook. They are listed in alphabetical order below the collaboration space and the content library notebooks.

list of student notebooks

Click on the disclosure triangle to view the contents of each student’s notebook. Each notebook contains the default sections that were created during setup. Each section has its own set of pages.

student notebook sections

Any work is done in either the online, desktop or mobile device version of OneNote is automatically saved. All work is saved to the student or teacher cloud accounts.