Today’s post was written by Mike Tholfsen, program manager for the OneNote team.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural entry for the OneNote in Education blog! With the growing momentum of OneNote in education, we wanted to start this blog to have a dialog with the education community, as well as share ideas, resources, and gather feedback from teachers, students and faculty. We also hope to point to examples of unique ways educators and students use OneNote in education. There are also so many of you out there with great stories to tell and share. We plan on having regular guest writers, including teachers, faculty, principals, heads of school, students, partners and a host of others who are doing amazing things with OneNote in education and the classroom.
In addition to the education space, there are great things happening in eLearning, corporate training and on-boarding, which we will discuss on this blog. Many companies, including Microsoft, are delivering eLearning solutions using OneNote, but we want to further explore the potential of how companies can do more effective training and learning, while also getting rid of expensive binders and related materials.
In terms of my background, my name is Mike Tholfsen, and I’m back on the OneNote team as a program manager focusing on OneNote in the education space. I worked on OneNote from 2004-2010 and spent a lot of time exploring how OneNote could be used in education and classrooms—as well as the related area of eLearning and corporate training. During that time, I had the pleasure of meeting many teachers, students, faculty, trainers and schools from around the United States and world, and was able to learn, share and collaborate with many people who were also exploring OneNote in education.
One other “note” (pun intended) that I’ll share. I had the opportunity to work on the OneNote Class Notebook Creator tool over the past year, as well the new OneNote for Teachers site we launched in October, which includes interactive bite-sized training aimed directly at teachers. The reaction to the OneNote Class Notebook tool has been nothing short of amazing—we’ve seen an explosion of interest from people around the world. We are going to keep working on this tool and improve it based on your feedback, so please keep it coming. Please share your feedback with us in the blog comments, @msOneNote, or Facebook.
We look forward to the conversation with everyone to build a community of educators and learners across the world.