Microsoft Making OneNote More Elementary for Teachers
School's (nearly) out for summer, but Microsoft is already gearing up for the new class year with updates to its OneNote data-sharing cloud platform.Instead of taking the summer off, Microsoft is getting to work on implementing some frequently requested features for the company's school-themed OneNote offerings. Formerly the Microsoft Office suite's note-taking application, OneNote has evolved into a multiplatform, cloud-backed service that allows users to capture, organize, sync and share notes across devices. For educational institutions, the company has extended its capabilities to provide classrooms with collaborative learning experiences. In October, Microsoft launched the OneNote Class Notebook Creator app for SharePoint, effectively turning OneNote into a teaching tool. Features include a content library and private workspaces for one-on-one instruction, among other tools to track student progress and manage assignments. The company followed up earlier this year with a new resource site called OneNote for Teachers and support for 29 additional languages. Now, before the start of the next school year, Microsoft is preparing a set of updates aimed at making it easier for teachers to set up and manage their OneNote environments, and in more languages.
Set to be released starting later this month through mid-June, updates include making the self-guided OneNote Class Notebook wizard automatically available to all teachers and faculty covered by an Office 365 Education plan. Class Notebooks are being made more discoverable by appearing in the App Launcher's My Apps page. Simple URLs now represent Class Notebooks, making them more accessible to teachers.