OneNote and Students use in the classroom – What students really think?

I have used OneNote in the classroom for a few years now.  OneNote is the students textbook and exercise book and as a teacher I have found it invaluable.  My back is much better as I am not carting kilos of books around.  I am not marking into the wee hours of the morning getting assignments marked so I can hand books back – or worse having to collect them twice.  I can not misplace a book (or the students say I have when it is in the back of their locker).  In the classroom students have an up-to-date text book in OneNote.  It is easy, and quick, to change, local and relevant to what I am teaching.  As a teacher I am sold! But what do my students think about OneNote and student use in the classroom?


I thought I would start asking my grade 8’s, who have been working with one note for 2 years, what they thought…

“OneNote is easier to use than a textbook because, with say a textbook, you always have extra sheets and put all your pages and stuff in a folder which can get lost. But with OneNote you just click a page and it is there.”

“With pictures you can just get them off the internet and just put them on there rather than having to draw them.”

“It is always right there.  With a book you can forget and lose it but you always have your computer with you.”

Next I asked my grade 10 students, who have now had 3 years as OneNote being the students text and exercise book.

“Effective having everything in the one spot and I can not loose the worksheets.”

‘It took a little while to get used to it and we had trouble with it as it would not sync but now it is all sorted out it is really effective as both a textbook and exercise book and it is great for research.”

“I like how you do not need to search books to look for things to study with.  It is all right there.”

“It is more inviting than having to go on word and save every step you do.  You do not lose any work with OneNote because it automatically saves.”

‘It took a while to get used to but it is really good.  I like it when we do group work as we can all work in the same OneNote Notebook.  If someone is away we still have all their stuff.”

“It is like one big book.  It is a textbook and exercise book in one.  It is always updated with the latest – it is always up-to-date.  You get links to videos and external information.  You do not have to chase the teacher to hand stuff up, it just does it.”

So in summary OneNote and student use in the classroom is a winner.  The students like using it and I like using it.  So are you using it?  Please share your experiences in OneNote.  I would love to hear them.



3 thoughts on “OneNote and Students use in the classroom – What students really think?

  1. My students love it, their comment was ‘do we have to tell anyone else about this – it’s like a super power’ . They were Year 4s. Then they were keen to present how to use OneNote at our staff meeting as they wanted more teachers to use it.

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    • It is so usable across a students schooling. I am trying to convince the Kindergarten teachers it would be a great way to create the portfolios they need to keep. This way they could also include video and voice recordings as well as pictures and writing. SO easy to share with parents as well!!

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