OneNote: The Best Kept Secret in Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office has long been a staple in business.  It is the standard for text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.  Recently it hasonenoteicon been making inroads into the educational community as well with the advent of Office 365 and OneDrive.  Nearly everyone is familiar with Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and the like but there is a little known application that most people decline to install that can provide as much if not more educational benefits than all the others combined.  Microsoft OneNote for Education is an amazing tool for teachers and students alike.

I had not considered this a truly useful education program even though I have been using it personally for years.  It makes an excellent journal and a great way to document class events but it just didn’t seem interactive enough.  I had never considered, for example, putting PowerPoint slides or Excel Spreadsheets into a notebook, but both of those things are easily done with OneNote.

Rather than try to go through all the special features designed for education, I have included a link directly to the OneNote for Teachers Toolkit.  The file opens in OneNote and it goes through every possible use that you can think of for education.  You can share, create interactive lessons, in short, its a great tool.  I encourage you to download the toolkit and check it out.  The price is certainly right.  OneNote is available for free.  It is especially effective when paired with the Microsoft One Drive.  That will be my next application.

I am currently at the Texas Computer Educator’s Association Conference in Austin, TX.  If you have the opportunity to attend a TCEA conference, I highly recommend it.  You can learn more about educational technology here in an hour than you can anywhere else.  #TCEA2015 #learnanywhere


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