Last year, Microsoft OneNote team announced OneNote Class Notebook Creator app that helps teachers quickly set up a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities—all within one powerful notebook. Yesterday, they announced the release of OneNote Staff Notebook for Education to cultivate and manage educator collaboration at the district and school level.
OneNote Staff Notebook, like OneNote Class Notebook, is an app for Office 365 that lets an education staff leader quickly set up a personal workspace for every staff member or teacher, a content library for shared information and a collaboration space for everyone to collaborate—all within one powerful notebook. With a Staff Notebook, administration and staff can save time, become more organized and collaborate more effectively. Because OneNote is free and on every platform and every device, you can access your Staff Notebook from anywhere. Staff leaders might include a principal, superintendent, head of school, administrator, faculty head, department head, or a leader of a professional learning community (PLC). If you fall into these roles and have Office 365 Education, you can get started with Staff Notebooks today.
A Staff Notebook includes the following:
• Collaboration space – an area where the whole staff can share and collaborate in real-time. Some scenarios for the Collaboration Space include Staff meeting notes, Initiatives, Cross-grade Lesson Plan Development or a “Tide Chart” for Student Highs and Lows.
• Content Library – a read-only area where staff leaders can share information with staff members, who can view or grab a copy of. Example scenarios might include Policies and procedures or dates and deadlines
• Personal workspace – a private notebook shared between the staff leader and each individual staff member. Staff leaders can access every staff member notebook, while staff members can see only their own. Scenarios might include Professional development (PD), Classroom observations, Lesson Plans and feedback, Evaluation, or Parent Communication.
Join staff leaders around the world who:
• Keep everyone on the same page with staff meeting notes, including Outlook integration
• Reduce the amount of time and effort spent tracking important things in email
• Collaborate on school-wide or department-wide projects
• Become more efficient by keeping important school policies and emails in one place
• Improve focus on professional development (PD) using by using technology tools designed for education
• Do modern classroom observations
• Set out new pedagogical directions