5 Ways to use OneNote & Teams

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Jenallee loves OneNote & Teams! You might say we bleed purple 💜

Almost every conversation we have had as we have started back to school has revolved around how teachers can utilize both of these amazing apps in their lessons and assignments. 🤣

We wanted to share 5 ways you can use OneNote and Teams together as you are preparing to return to school either remotely or in person.

Here is a breakdown of how you can use OneNote and Teams with

  • Teams Calls
  • Notes Top Tab
  • Student Sections
  • OneNote Assignments
  • Parent Links

Teams Calls

Okay… we think it is genius to utilize a OneNote page in a Teams call while teaching concepts to students. Simply share your screen and teach! Insert your anchor charts, ink on them, draw concepts, etc. Fully utilize it as a whiteboard. Now here is the genius 👉 all of the pages are saved in the Team OneNote for students to reference later! 🤯 Boom! We know that students need a reference and example to access when they are doing independent work. Not only that, but you can also record the teaching session and place the recorded video right back in the OneNote for students to access with the written example. Boom, OneNote is a great way to offer video playback and worked examples for your students all within the ultimate hub, Teams.

Notes Teams Top Tab

Utilizing the Teams We Space top tabs is such a great way to customize channels for learning. Adding apps, websites, and resources is a great way to equip students for a unit of study, differentiation, or building classroom communities. One of the most powerful tabs is… you guessed… Notes. OneNote is built right into the top tab for you and your students to utilize. You can use it in the top tab, or it is automatically added to the Class OneNote in the Collaboration Space.

Want to collaborate with your students? Why not create opportunities for your students to co-design?


Check out this thought provoking 1 Minute Inquiry PD session from the amazing Trevor Mackenzie!

Sorry, we had to take a moment to share that minute of awesomeness. Putting Trevor’s words to use, let’s share the learning load. Here are just a few ideas for using the Notes section of Teams to co-design and collaborate

  • Brainstorm class expectations
  • Co-design rubrics
  • Enter a prompt for students to share thoughts
  • Ink to design a prototype
  • Brainstorm lesson design together
  • Build collaborative Mind Maps
  • Build group projects together
  • Design solutions to problems together

The list could go on and on! There are so many ways you can use the Notes section in Teams. Co-design and collaboration are great, but what about utilizing private channel notes for students to work together in small groups, or differentiate instruction for groups, or SEL group talk, etc. The Notes top tab is invaluable and is essential to connecting to students and offering them a collaborative voice in the learning process.

OneNote Student Sections in Teams

Teams channels are great for small group work and collaboration, however teachers need a space to truly check on individual student progress and offer authentic feedback. OneNote student sections are built right into the Teams Class OneNote. Yay! 🎉 This allows students to show their work and the teacher can give feedback and guidance as work is being completed.

Why is it good that OneNote student sections are in Teams? We think it all comes down to access. Let’s use the Teams hub to organize our content, create assignments, communicate with students, and teach live lessons. Why wouldn’t we incorporate OneNote into this awesome ecosystem of learning? Student’s can access Teams and have all of their learning resources in one place!

**Don’t forget that Learning Tools are built into OneNote and Teams as well! So, students can use Immersive Reader, inking, dictation, and video responses.

OneNote Assignments

Teams makes it super simple to create OneNote assignments!

  1. Teachers simply create the template, work, or mind map on a OneNote page in the Class Notebook Teacher Only section
  2. Go to Assignments in Teams
  3. Create Assignment and add Resources
  4. Attach the OneNote page you created

Now each of your students have a copy of their work in their OneNote notebook and it is connected to an assignment. They will receive notifications about the assignment and they can complete it and then click turn in.

Teachers can easily see when work has been viewed, turned in, and returned. One of our favorite features is that teachers can use the attached rubric to grade the work!

Check out this quick video to see it all in action! 👇

Parent Links

Looking for ways to keep your parents connected to the classroom? OneNote has parent links! 💥Boom!💥 That means you can send parents a link at the beginning of the year that will grant them access to view their child’s work in OneNote.

This makes it easy for parents to connect to the classroom with just the click of a link. https://www.onenote.com/edu/classnotebook

It’s your turn!

Now go and be a different kind of awesome! ✨ Let us know what you think of OneNote in Teams. We would love to see and hear your ideas.

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Jeni Long and Sallee Clark are Instructional Technologists with Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD. This dynamic duo, known as #Jenallee, is passionate about technology integration and making learning accessible & fun for all! Between the two of them, they have presented across the 26 schools in their district, at their Regional Education Service Center, FETC, TCEA, TCEA for Tots, & Central America. They are both MIE Experts, MIE Trainers, Ed to the Max Consultants, and Flipgrid Ambassadors. Jeni has served in education for 20 years as a 6th grade Math Teacher, 7-12 ELA Curriculum Specialist, Technology Integration Specialist and a Science Curriculum Specialist. Sallee has served in education for 14 years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Elementary Librarian, K-12 District Librarian, & Instructional Technologist.


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