With OneNote, educators can create digital notebooks that support academic standards and education outcomes across disciplines and tasks. Learners might use OneNote across content areas and grade levels to practice self-management and agency of their learning by compiling and organizing unstructured information, research, and content.

“The program is constantly automatically syncing while you’re on Wi-Fi, but for our learners that don’t have Wi-Fi, it keeps that equal access so that they can come back in the next day and it’s ready to go, with all of their work they did the night before.”

Summer Winrotte, Digital Instructional Coach

What is OneNote to learners?

  • Collaborative workspace that allows learners to work both on- and offline so work never gets lost
  • Accessible notebook for those without internet access outside of school, allowing them to sync the next time they connect to Wi-Fi
  • Repository for digital ink, handwritten notes, sketch diagrams, videos, and pictures, to turn notes into living documents

What is OneNote to educators?

  • Time-saving tool that offers organization and efficiency
  • Hub for personalizing educational materials for learners
  • Workplace to organize lesson plans, collect homework, and provide individualized support

SEL and the class

OneNote’s versatility helps learners develop both individually and in their relationships with others. The synchronous note-taking tools elevate group work and make documentation a shared process, allowing learners to grow as collaborators.


  • Learners use the tools in their notebooks to organize their learning and set goals for themselves.

Relationship Skills

  • Learners work collaboratively using notebooks to share thoughts, information, and resources with each other.
  • Learners use notebook tools to move from curation of information to creation of new ideas that are easily shared with peers.

Explore it

Getting started with OneNote is quick and simple. Briefly check out each of the options below. Remember, come back to these resources later to learn more, and get started.

Access OneNote to begin.

Getting to know OneNote: Use this interactive guide to virtually work alongside an educator to learn how to use OneNote in class and for remote learning.

Get started with OneNote: Take this module to learn how to get OneNote up and running for learners.

One Note for Education: Pick and choose specific walkthroughs in this one-stop shop to start using OneNote for teaching and learning.

Give learners the opportunity to assert agency over their own learning and help them navigate social interactions by using OneNote’s built-in features and other connected Microsoft tools. Explore one of these examples. How do these features embed social and emotional skills in teaching and learning?

Learn how to use Math assistant in OneNote to equip learners with tools to manage their own learning.

Help learners read more effectively - Immersive Reader for OneNote: Use this guided walkthrough to learn more about how to use inclusivity tools to help learners manage their own learning.

Learn from the #etwinz as they show how to harness OneNote’s interaction with Teams to provide efficient solutions for teaching and learning.


Go back over your module graphic organizer and note any ideas for using OneNote as a teaching and learning tool to support SEL or any resources to review later. Use the following questions to reflect on practice and ideas.

  • How does the addition of a OneNote notebook help learners develop better self-management of their own learning?
  • How does OneNote make planning and collaborating more efficient?