This is a quick write-up on what I have found regarding students sharing their DINO notebooks with me. For me there were two main options: Invite People and Get a Sharing Link. I have gone with the later, for now, and here is why:
Invite People is great because it allows the invitee to open the student’s notebook in either the web browser or in OneNote itself. This is an advantage as there are way more things you can do in OneNote itself than you can in the web version. For instance, if I want to draw arrows, or circles to emphasize a point I can only do that in the program itself. The down side to Invite People is that it sends you an email with a link to the students notebook – all well and good until you have a hundred emails sitting in your mail that have to be individually open to get the link. Now, as you will see in the video I propose a solution to this using either Excel Forms or Google Forms, but it is a lot of initial work for you, the teacher.
Using Get a Sharing Link is nice in that it gives the students a link that they can copy/paste into a Excel or Google Form you give them and viola, you are ready to go! However, this link takes you to a version on the Web App that you can not open in OneNote. Why Microsoft made this distinction I do not know, but now you know that this is an issue you can choose whichever option works for you.
In the next week or so, once I get my netbooks back from MAPS testing, I am going to have the students email me the Invite People link so that I can see just how much extra work it is and if there is an easier workaround…perhaps through Mail Merge? I’ll keep you posted.
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All the best,