I am involved with lots of meetings, and my memory of details is not great. For that reason, I take lots of notes. Organizing my notes, being able to search my notes, and being able to share my notes with others is crucial for what I do. I use Google applications for most of my productivity needs, but I have grown to love Microsoft’s OneNote application for note taking.
OneNote is a free application that is available on any device. This includes Windows computers, Macs, smartphones, and tablets, including both iOS and Android devices. You can also go to https://www.onenote.com, log in to your Microsoft account, and work on notes completely through a web browser. OneNote is easy to use and has many valuable features. In this post, I will focus on the five things I like the most about OneNote.
- Customization Options – I love the way I am able to organize in OneNote. The application gives me the ability to create multiple Notebooks, Sections, and Pages. I can create both personal and work notebooks, I can create sections within those notebooks for various needs, and pages within the sections. Notice that I have two main notebooks- Personal and Work Notes. Within the Work Notes notebook, I have sections, like Installs, Meetings, and Trainings. Diving deeper within the Meetings section, you’ll see I have various pages for specific notes, like notes from our district’s Technology Committee and notes from meetings with vendors.
- Compatibility – OneNote is available on whatever device I am using. I have three devices that I use each day, including a school-issued laptop that stays on my desk, a personal laptop that is with me wherever I go, and my iPhone. OneNote is running on all of these devices, and it works extremely well.
- Synching – OneNote automatically syncs my notes among all my devices. Without me doing anything, the notes that I create are available whenever I use my school computer, my personal computer, or my iPhone.
- Features – OneNote offers some great features, many more than Keep, which is Google’s note taking application. This short video provides an overview of some of these features.
- Cost – OneNote is free to download and use. You will need a Microsoft account, which is also free to create.
Students can also take advantage of OneNote on their school-issued Chromebooks and their smartphones. As a matter of fact, Microsoft offers a special version of Office 365 for teachers and students, which includes a special notebook called a Class Notebook. Class Notebook allows teachers to interact with students and share assignments, notes, quizzes, and other files.
I can help with creating accounts for you and your students if you want to take advantage of this. See more at https://goo.gl/k5SD1T
A video to help you get started with this is available at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/OneNote-Getting-Started-020b2cd0-2e7e-4918-8e58-f434953acca2
To clear up a little confusion, there is an application called OneNote 2016 that is available on most of the Windows computers owned by our district. Instead of using that one, I would recommend using the version of OneNote for Windows 10. This version will have all of the most current features and will be available to you whether or not you own Office 2016 for your personal devices. This page along with the included video will explain the difference between these versions: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/What-s-the-difference-between-OneNote-and-OneNote-2016-a624e692-b78b-4c09-b07f-46181958118f