OneNote is what you have always wanted: an unlimited, flexible, free space to write, doodle, sketch, edit, think, and create. It bridges platforms: Mac, Windows, Android, IOS. It plays well with the Cloud (OneDrive) and local or network storage. Microsoft’s OneNote is the notebook of the 21st century.

Imagine the old Cadillac of notebooks: the Five Star notebook. You know the kind: five subject, wire-bound, college ruled. Now imagine that it has unlimited capacity. Pages: infinity. Subjects: infinity. Space: LIMITLESS.

Now imagine being able to lift the text from one page, a doodle from another, and place them on a page in an entirely different section with the perfect picture to tie them together. OneNote allows you to edit, adjust, and reorganize your thoughts ad nauseam. Added bonus: if your hand writing leaves something to be desired you can type in this notebook of your dreams, which is helpful when your notebook can be possessed by not only yourself, but anyone else you would like to view or edit the pages.

OneNote is organized around Notebooks, Sections, Pages, and Containers.

Notebooks are most analogous to the folders on your computer. Within folders are files, which in OneNote are the Sections that divide up the Notebook. Within each section you create pages. Endless pages. On each page you are able to place information free form: handwritten, drawn, etc. You also have the option of containers: text boxes, tables, files, pictures, links to websites, calendar meetings, or audio recordings.

Each Notebook, Section, and Page can be labeled to your preference, edited later when you change your mind, and be reorganized as you see fit.

The only limit to the possibilities of OneNote as a receptacle for your imagination IS your imagination.

Our thoughts are not static, why should our notebooks be?

As an educator, OneNote caught my eye as a tool for collaboration, note collection, and a space to teach the value of fluid creation; our thoughts are not static, why should our notebooks be?

Keep an eye out for more on Class Notebook, collaboration, annotation, and more with OneNote!

Want some more info? Here are some sources I used to learn the basics of OneNote:

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OneNote: The Basics

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