A Teacher’s Guide to using Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook Creator

I have been an avid user of Microsoft OneNote in my classroom for years. I first started using the program to design unit outlines and course materials to share with my colleagues. As the technology improved, then came the ability to be able to collaboratively work on the same notebook with multiple users.

Microsoft OneNote soon worked its way into my classroom as a shared class notebook with my students. They would take the content pages and then copy and paste them into their own personal OneNote. Of course, there were some issues. Students had the ability to work collaboratively with their peers, but they would sometimes forget that they were in a shared notebook with the rest of the class. Keeping a separate collaborative OneNote notebook wasn’t the answer, especially teaching multiple classes.

Then came along OneNote Class Notebook Creator application. An application that enables you to roll together multiple notebooks into one. Free to download from the SharePoint store, educators can now quickly set up collaborative notebooks and personalise the content with different levels of permissions.

The OneNote Class Notebook Creator application allows teachers to set up a read only section, a collaborative space and a private personal section for each student. This is perfect in the classroom. Teachers can see all of their students’ personal section, whilst the students only see their own section.

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The benefits have been huge. From a teacher’s perspective, I can now update my content without having to rely on uploading new pages or sections to our Learning Management System or email students with updated content.

The private personal student section has dramatically changed how I work with my students in the classroom. I have access to my students’ work at all times. I can see in real time what they are doing in class ( and homework) and the flexibility to provide multimodal feedback. Students no longer have to `show’ me their device or email me their work. I can work collaboratively with my students anytime, anywhere, and from any device.


Reflection Template

Recent updates to the OneNote Class Notebook Creator application include:

  • Adding additional teachers to the shared OneNote
  • Language Support
  • Searchable notebooks in Office 365
  • New notebook email notification

Click on the link to view an interactive guide for installing the OneNote Class Notebook Creator Application to your OneDrive for Business of SharePoint site.



Mosaic LiveTiles: Office 365 to Create Dynamic Learning Portals in Education

I have recently been exploring how to create the `connected learner’ for both students and educators. A platform which provides a customisable space using an intuitive interface design for anywhere, anytime and any device learning. This is where I was fortunate enough to stumble across Office 365 SharePoint and Mosaic LiveTiles Templates. I have been using Office 365 since the beginning of the year to create a shared space for staff and student collaboration. The tools are fantastic for online learning, however the interface is very business orientated and lacks easy navigation. Using the application Mosaic LiveTiles, I was able to create a dynamic interface for my Office 365 sites in the form of a simple drag and drop editor.

Free to download in education, Mosaic LiveTiles enables you to tailor your Office 365 SharePoint sites to create dynamic learning portals for your colleagues and students using an intuitive touch interface.

How to use Office 365 and Mosaic LiveTiles Templates in Education:

  • Create a professional learning community portal to collaborate with teachers on a project
  • Design an Office 365 site, tailored to meet the needs of your learning area
  • Department sites
  • Pastoral care program site
  • Library site
  • Student site for collaboration on projects
  • Website for your organisation
  • Parent Portal

Example Sites

21CLD Home Page

Ict peer coaching

English Department Site

Collaboration 21CLD Site

How to Create a Learning Space using Office 365 and Mosaic LiveTiles Templates:

There are two ways to create customisable sites. If you have no background with using Office 365 SharePoint, create your first site using the set up wizard in Mosaic. Make sure your IT team has install Mosaic in your organisational account.

Using a pre-configured site in Office 365 SharePoint using Mosaic 

  1. Login to Office 365
  2. Go to `Site Contents’
  3. Click on the Mosaic application and start the process.
  4. Use the `Site Set up Wizard’. This will take you through the process of creating a site and sharing with colleagues or your students.

Using Mosaic LiveTiles to Customise a Previous Site

  1. Add the Mosaic LiveTiles application to your site contents
  2. Customise site with applications

There are many applications available. For a classroom site, think about the tools that will best meet the needs of your students. For example, do you require a document repository for shared documents, a discussion board for students to collaborate and communicate ideas, a shared OneNote for resources, note taking and collaboration, a custom list for classroom activities or classroom calendar for reminders about tasks?

Customise your site using the drag and drop editor

You can choose a template or create a blank page.

  1. Click on the `file’ icon and edit your page.
  2. Using the drag and drop editor, drag the tiles onto your page.
  3. Click on the cog wheel to configure your tiles.
  4. Link your tiles to the applications in your Office 365 site.
  5. Save your page to your site.
  6. Make site your homepage.
  7. Share your site with your students

A series of short 1 minute tutorials have been created to get you started with your first Mosaic site. These are available on YouTube at


Mosaic LiveTiles was created to assist teachers using Office 365 SharePoint sites without having an IT background. This is not a replacement for a Learning Management System, but rather a customisable space to create modern and intuitive learning spaces. For further information, please visit Mosaic LiveTiles website. http://www.mosaiclivetiles.com/about/

Yammer in Education- Sharing those `aha’ Moments

Social media has become such a large part of how we communicate and connect with people world wide. Just as we use social media platforms to engage and share with people in personal life, how often do we use effective online communication in our schools? Sure, we rely heavily on email as our main form of communication (something I call email fatigue), but often those `aha’ moments are never shared. Yammer in education is proving to be an effective platform for facilitating communication and collaboration among educators. Teachers have little time to open their classroom doors to showcase instructional practices and the `real’ learning that happens in the classroom.  However, Yammer in education allows educators the opportunity to de-privatize classroom practice so that they can share their struggles, celebrate their insights, and make visible those `aha’ moments. To put this to the test, I started an Office 365 team site within our English Department and used the built in feature of the newsfeed (now Yammer), and the result of the online collaboration has been surprising. Teachers are using the Yammer feed to share ideas, thoughts, links to resources and reflections, and sometimes, just sharing those `aha’ moments.

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Sharing Learning Intentions

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An `Aha’ Moment


At the core of an education in the 21st century is the need for continual ongoing conversation about what good teaching looks like. It is often those `aha’ moments that connects someone’s good idea, to collide with someone else’s idea, to make something great! It is about providing a structure to support and develop the `connected’ learner. For more information visit Yammer: https://about.yammer.com/product/office365/

The Connected Learner

The  Connected Learner

I was recently accepted into the Microsoft Expert Educators program in Australia and New Zealand. For me, connecting with 800 educators all of the world is a fantastic opportunity to become the true `connected’ learner. I have set myself the task to blog about my experiences, connections, new ideas, programs and innovations as the program progresses.