So I have just set up my classes using the new(ish) app from Microsoft: Classroom Notebook Creator. And I have to say, I could not be happier!
They most definitely do not oversell the ease with which a set of class notebooks can be set up. In my case I have four classes that each needed a notebook. I simply started the app and got under way. As it is linked to our district email system I could simply enter the student ID numbers and it would pull their information and add them to the class. I decided not to use their suggested student sections for my classes and made new ones, one or each unit of the course. The only slow part of the process is when it is creating the notebooks, but that was not too bad. From there I chose to take the share link and put it on my class website. Any time a student wants to access their notebook they visit that page and it will open their personal notebook (after signing into their Office account) – two minutes tops! Should they choose to stay in the OneNote Online version they can, or they can open it in OneNote.
Adding a new student was equally easy, in fact I added one and copy/pasted over the work he had missed from the Content Library into his notebook in less than a five minute passing period.
The reduction in time for me, whether it is in setting them up the first time or in adding content is so much faster than before. I really can’t think of an easier way to make using OneNote in the classroom.
Am I gushing? Well, it is worth it!