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Let’s Launch this Puppy!

So, it is the big day, at least in my class, and it is time to get students into their notebooks.  What did I do to get to this point, you ask?  I found a couple of students, they could be student aids, kids you have a good relationship with or just a couple of kids who happened to be in study hall without a lot to do, and tested the setup and directions on them.  Why use students and not just test it on your account?  Well, I would guess that just about every school in the world has different permissions for teachers than it does for students.  On more than one occasion I have said to a student: “Well that worked for me…”.  So now I use their accounts to test things, as long as they are good with it.

So, in my district there are still a few kinks to work out on just how students will get to OneDrive, but we did find a work-around, and wouldn’t you know it, that was OneNote!

 OneNote   +  OneDrive  = Your DINO! Your Digital Interactive Notebook in OneNote!

Because OneNote automatically syncs to the web it wants to  establish a connection to OneDrive.  Now, while it would not connect to OneDrive the first time we opened OneNote (the account type was not recognized) it will open anyway.  At that point we just created a new Notebook, and because this is a district machine, on a district connection the district OneDrive was available.  From that point we were in, and now students could access OneDrive because it identified the student’s account based on their OneNote notebook.

So, that was way too much detail, and chances are your setup could be much different, but the take-away from this is that it is always best to find a student or two that you can do a little trial and error with – you’ll be glad you did when you are trying to do it with a class of 30!

Now that the students have their DINO we are ready to get down to the nuts and Boltz (that is my school – couldn’t help the pun) of daily classes in DINO.

If you have questions on how I got them up and running, classroom techniques for getting 30+ kids logged in at the same time or anything else please post them!

Have a great day!

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