If you are a stationery lover or somewhat of a digital collector, you will appreciate OneNote. Gather up scraps of websites, scanned pages or random thoughts and keep them organised so you can find them again. Even search your scanned in, hand-written notes, through OneNote optical character recognition (OCR). Then sync across devices or share. OneNote is like a big filing cabinet; but unlike a filing cabinet, everything is stored in your OneDrive or Microsoft Office 365 account and is accessible to you wherever you are.
Watch this 1 minute video to see how Kate uses OneNote for her research notes.
In ‘More Detail’ below, Lisa shares some tips from her experiences of using OneNote, together with links to further resources. We have a range of activities under ‘Try’, from short video tutorials to watch, and a Notebook for you to access and try out, as well as lots more. And finally, we’d love you to share your thoughts and comments with us under ‘Share’.
Investigate: 1minuteCPD has seven blog posts (each containing a one minute video) in their OneNote category, covering creating multiple pages from a list, tagging your notes, saving direct from outlook, using OneNote on your iPad and more. (7 minutes)
Collaborate: Join the Learning Strategies Class Notebook Lisa has prepared. (30 minutes)
Comment below or email 23DigitalThings@cdu.edu.au to request access to this OneNote and we will send you an access link. You can explore the content already in the Notebook as well as contribute more content yourself and collaborate on contributions. Lisa will be on hand this week to answer your questions.
Create: Make a notebook for yourself! It can be a collection of recipes or the beginnings of a travel diary, anything you please. (60 minutes)
- Look for OneNote as an app on your desktop as part of O365, or as a subscription to the online version via Windows 10.
- CDU staff, access through CDU Portal > Office 365 > OneNote for the online version or download OneNote 2016 from the Software Center.
- Once you have made the notebook, look for the built-in guidebooks. Add a few pages, with text and images.
Watch: If you’re already using OneNote, jump online and find tips and tricks for your level of expertise in this detailed tutorial. (32 minutes)
Note: CDU staff can access a range of further tutorials through LinkedIn Learning. (CDUPortal > LinkedIn Learn > OneNote)
Picture a nice new notebook, filled with your personal or collaborative knowledge, and it is all organised with tabs and markers. But! Then you realise there is a whole section of information you need to squeeze in the middle – what to do? In OneNote simply insert a new section and drag it into place.
As a digital note taking app, OneNote can take your hand written or typed notes, created or saved drawings, screen snips, dictation audio or video capture, saving them into a handy notebook. Additionally, whilst you are taking written notes you can also make a video or audio recording which sits in your written notes.
- Have as many notebooks as you want.
- Have as many section tabs, in those notebooks, as you please.
- Have as many pages, in those sections, as you want.
You don’t have to be in a workbook to create pages, simply make quick notes! (Windows key + n or the notifications icon). These will sit in unfiled notes until you’re ready to place them in a workbook. If you print to OneNote it sits in unfiled notes as well. This is helpful if you know you want to keep particular notes, but you’re not sure where you want to file them – you can decide later.
Whenever you paste from the internet, OneNote automatically adds the source, so you’ll never have to search through your history to find where it came from.
Tag and organise notes by right clicking on them and choosing an option from the dropdown menu. Highlight entries, tag it with a project, or flag it as a priority or a content type, like an address or phone number.
Add checkboxes to make a to-do list. Again, right click the text. Choose the to-do check box in the dialog box and the tick box will show up at the beginning of the line.
Lecturers and Teachers can use a OneNote Class Notebook to collaborate in the classroom. Create a resource that allows students to access content, plus an area to submit work for review or distribution of pages or sections.
Go mobile with the OneNote app on your device and sync with OneDrive every time you save. The file size can get large so be conscious of the storage capacity of your device.
Use your imagination and discover the ways digital note booking can help you. Organise your family tree research, store appraisal reports and research or improve your personal knowledge management.
Share your OneNote success with us! Post a comment with your favourite OneNote tips and tricks. Join us in our stationery obsession and digital curation, and tell us how OneNote will help you.
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1minuteCPD. (2016, March 31) #154 Introducing OneNote, your online notebook . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=63&v=TXnHz7oXzmc
Axford, M., & Renfro, C. (2012, May-June). Noteworthy productivity tools for personal knowledge management. Online, 36(3), 33+. Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com.ezproxy.cdu.edu.au/apps/doc/A288979714/ITOF?u=ntu&sid=ITOF&xid=bde3bbf5
Decamp, J. (2015, Winter). Worth noting: use OneNote software to keep appraisal reports, files and research organized and accessible. Valuation Magazine, 20(1), 28+. Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com.ezproxy.cdu.edu.au/apps/doc/A410642575/ITOF?u=ntu&sid=ITOF&xid=6f9516fa
Microsoft, (n.d.). OneNote in Education. Retrieved from http://onenoteforteachers.com/en-US/teachers/
Petreska, M. (2018), How I made OneNote Class Notebook the most versatile tool in my classroom [blog]. Retrieved from https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2018/06/onenote-class-noteb-most-versatile-tool-in-my-classroom/
Teacher’s Tech, (2018). Microsoft OneNote – 2018 Detailed Tutorial. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjfIMCRJUAo&feature=youtu.be
Use OneNote to organise your family history for free. (2014, May 15). ComputerActive. Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A369529144/ITOF?u=ntu&sid=ITOF&xid=5714650b
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Thing 10 written by Lisa Jeffery, July 2019.