Teachers, invite your students to OneNote Class Notebook and get them free Office 365

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Teachers in over 105 countries have been using OneNote Class Notebooks to organize class content, save time and collaborate with students in the classroom.

Today, we are pleased to announce that teachers who do not have an Office 365 account can sign up for free and create OneNote Class Notebooks for their classes. In a few simple steps, teachers can now add students into their Class Notebook and 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. All you need is a school-assigned email for each student to get them into the Class Notebook and give them free access to Office 365. No IT support needed!

  1. Sign up for a free Office 365 account or sign in*—Head over to and click Sign up for a free Office 365 account. On the Office for Education page, enter your school email address to check if your institution is eligible for a free Office 365 account. You will then go through a simple, free account setup process.

*Note: If you already have an Office 365 account set up by your school, just click Class Notebook Sign In to sign in with your existing Office 365 credentials and launch the Class Notebook app.

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  1. Launch the OneNote Class Notebook app to create your first Class Notebook and invite other teachers and students—After your Office 365 account is set up, go to the App Launcher and launch the OneNote Class Notebook app—located in the lower right corner of the App Launcher. The Class Notebook wizard walks you through creating your first OneNote Class Notebook.

When adding co-teachers or students, simply enter their school email addresses. We send them an email invitation to set up an Office 365 account for them and add them to your Class Notebook.

At the end of the setup process, you are shown a preview of what your Class Notebook will look like. Simply click Create if everything looks good.

In the final step of the wizard, you are given a link to the notebook so you can email it to your students or post it up on a shared page. Just click the notebook link to open your class notebook in OneNote and your students will receive an email asking them to accept your invitation to join the Class Notebook. Make sure they accept it so that they can access your notebook.

For more detailed instructions and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit this help document. For overall Class Notebook frequently asked questions, go to this article. Check out other recent updates to the OneNote Class Notebook based on teacher feedback in this recent blog post.

As always, you can reach us on Twitter @OneNoteEDU or email us directly at with feedback. Also, don’t forget that there is free OneNote professional development for you and your students available at

  1. If I am a private tutor and don’t belong to any institutions, I need to purchase a private Office 365 license, right?

  2. This looks like a wonderful product in the adult education market as well. However, many adult education centers are non-traditional without .edu addresses and may be part of workforce development or ancillary operations of another entity. For example, I am an instructor in an established and nationally recognized paramedic education program that is a consortium alignment with a college but does not have the ability to issue .edu addresses to students. Officially, we are part of a hospital based program with the college alignment which leaves us unable to utilize your product. I am sure there are many other instances of private or industry related education or workforce development programs that would be delighted to use Onenote for Education. The ability for collaborative work and student notebooks would really be of benefit to my students. Don’t forget the adult learners when you focus on the education market.

  3. This seems like a vey powerful and useful tool.
    However, I would like the ability to select text and add comments on the students work in the in the class note book – just like in Word – is that possible?

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