OneNote 2007 Toolkit for Teachers – Part 2: Lesson Plans and Collaboration

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This entry will cover sections 3 and 4 of the OneNote 2007 Toolkit for Teachers. This toolkit lives out on the new OneNote site for educators. For those who haven’t downloaded the toolkit yet, I will yet again encourage you to download it and share with others.

What’s in the toolkit?

There are 8 sections in the toolkit, and I will be covering sections 3 and 4 today (highlighted in red below)

      1. Welcome
      2. Great Education Features
      3. Lesson Plans
      4. Collaboration
      5. Distribution
      6. Examples
      7. Common Questions
      8. OneNote Add-ins


Section #3 – Lesson Plans

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The 3rd section of the Toolkit focuses on using OneNote for lesson plans. Many of the features and examples that are covered in this section are existing OneNote 2007 feature but we go into more detail aout how to use them in the context of lesson plans. For example, we go into much greater detail about templates, customer templates and we also cover the OneNote Template Manager powertoy.

We also cover many OneNote basics such as printing existing materials into OneNote, attaching audio/video files, using tags, and creating tables. While people may know about these feature, I always meet people who are delighted to find out that they can “print” any of their existing lesson materials directly into OneNote

There are many examples of different types of lesson plans in section #6 “Examples”. One of my favorites set of lesson plans is from Einstein Elementary school’s 3rd Grade Math club in the Lake Washington School District. Here’s the notebook that the teacher used: 3rd Grade Advanced Math. The teacher saved out each lesson as a PDF and Web Page so any student could go to the Einstein Elementary School web site any grab the materials to print out.

This was a case where only the teacher had OneNote and the students and faculty did not. She used OneNote for effective lesson planning and kept all of her materials together in one place.


Section #4 – Collaboration


The 4th section of the Teacher toolkit covers some basics of collaboration. This includes how to get started with shared notebooks, how to collaborate when developing materials, and other common aspects of OneNote shared notebooks. There is also some materials on Live Sharing sessions. Many people have heard about our collaboration capabilities, but not everyone has tried it out, or has been successful trying to set up a shared notebook themselves.

Here are just a few of the ways I’ve seen people use shared notebooks in education:

      • Student projects
      • Faculty certification projects
      • Faculty administrative projects
      • Teacher/student shared notebooks (e.g. – at Appleby College, they are experimenting with all class materials shared between student and teacher. I’ll blog more about this in the future.)
      • Collaborative course development
      • In-class digital whiteboarding between students and teacher

The “Collaboration” section in the Toolkit covers some other basics of shared notebook interaction, including

      • Using Collaboration in Lesson Plans
      • Benefits of Sharing Notebooks
      • Creating Shared Notebooks
      • Inviting People to Shared Notebooks
      • Moving Local Notebooks to a Shared Location
      • Moving Shared Notebooks to be Stored Locally
      • Using Live Sharing Sessions

One of the best ways to learn about shared notebooks is to try it out yourself. There are a few good videos and articles to watch that explain how shared notebooks work.

That’s it for today.  I’ll be covering the other sections of the Toolkit in future blog entries.


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