Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook

The OneNote Class Notebook is an app that helps you set up OneNote for your classes. This app will create a class notebook, which includes three types of sub-notebooks:

  • Student Notebooks — Private notebooks that are shared between teachers and their individual students. Teachers can access these notebooks at any time, but students cannot see other students’ notebooks.
  • Content Library — Notebook for teachers to share course materials with students. Teachers can add and edit materials. Students can only read the notebook.
  • Collaboration Space — Notebook for all students and the teacher in the class to share, organize, and collaborate.


There are two ways to access Microsoft Teams:

Web Portal

Log in the Office 365 Web Portal using as your user name.

Click the upper left waffle icon for a menu of Office 365 Applications, click Teams.


A new browser window will appear and OneNote Class Notebook will load.

Creating a Class Notebook

  • Click Create a class notebook, name your class notebook and then click Next.



**Tip:** If you have multiple discussion sections and/or labs for your courses the best practice is to create separate Class Notebooks for each individual discussion section/lab with a simple notation (ie AOS 101 Tues1030)
  • The next screen will show the three different types of sub-notebooks and a brief description of each, click Next to continue
  • You will now be prompted to add an additional teacher if needed. Enter names or email addresses or leave blank, click Next
  • Now you will be presented to add students to your Class Notebook. Enter in names or email addresses separated by commas. Note that only email addresses can be added to the Class Notebook.
  • Design Student Spaces will allow you to choose what sections will be present in every student's private notebook. You can check or uncheck any default sections, as well as add your own custom sections. Click Next when finished.


  • Following screen with provide you with a preview of the Class Notebook, if satisfied click Create.
  • You can share your Class Notebook by copying the two links as underlined in the screenshot below


Managing Class Notebooks

To manage your Class Notebook, click Manage notebooks on the OneNote Class Notebook welcome screen.


You will be able to:

  • Rename student sections — To rename any student sections, click the little pencil icon, and then type the new name of the section. Click Save after renaming student sections.
  • Add student sections — To distribute a new section to all students, click the Add section button. Click Save after adding student sections.
  • Enable the Teacher-Only section group — The Teacher-Only section group is a private space where only the teacher can see what’s inside. To add a Teacher Only section group to your Class Notebook, click Enable Teacher-Only section group. Other teachers that have access to your Class Notebook will also have access to the Teacher-Only section group, but students cannot see anything here.
  • Lock the Collaboration Space — Enabling this option changes the Collaboration Space to read-only (or lockdown) to prevent any students from editing. You can toggle the switch from locked to unlocked at any time.
  • Open the Class Notebook — Click Open to open the Class Notebook.
  • Share a link to the Class Notebook — To send a link to the Class Notebook to your class, select and copy the text in the Link box, and then paste it into an email.

Additional Help and Resources

Microsoft has a dedicated website of videos for teachers to use OneNote in their classroom, OneNote for Teachers.

Detailed desktop instructions for OneNote Class Notebooks can be found here:

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  • Last modified: 2017/06/20 18:43
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