Use OneNote Class Notebook in Teams

Every class team comes with its own linked OneNote Class Notebook. Your Class Notebook is a digital notebook for the whole class to store text, images, handwritten notes, attachments, links, voice, video, and more.

Teams delivers these essential components of the OneNote Class Notebook experience:

  • Student Notebooks - a private space shared between the educator and each individual student. Educators can access every student notebook, while students can only see their own.

  • Content Library - a read-only space where teachers can share handouts with students.

  • Collaboration Space - a space where everyone in your class can share, organize, and collaborate. 

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Find Class Notebook  in Teams

The Class Notebook is the central location for viewing and interacting with the Content Library, Collaboration Space, and each student's private space.

  1. Navigate to the desired class team, then select Class Notebook.

    Class Notebook tab in a class team

  2. Add or edit pages using the expandable menu at the left side of your notebook.

Set up your Class Notebook

If you haven’t set up your Class Notebook yet, you’ll be guided through the right steps the first time you visit the Class Notebook app. You can either create a blank notebook from scratch or copy content from an existing Class Notebook. Setting up a new notebook from an existing Class Notebook allows you to use content you've already created in previous classes for upcoming classes.

Create a Class Notebook from existing notebook content.

Use Class Notebook in a channel

Each time you create a new channel in a class team, a new section is automatically created in the Class Notebook’s Collaboration Space. All students and educators can edit and work on OneNote pages within a channel.

  1. Navigate to a class team, then select a channel.

  2. Select the Notes tab.

    Highlighting the notes section found within a Class Team's channel. Use this button to access the Class Notebook in a channel.

Open Class Notebook in full-screen mode

Expand the Class Notebook tab to a bigger size by selecting Expand tab  Expand icon for Class Notebook in Teams.

Manage Class Notebook settings

Manage your Class Notebook settings by navigating to your notebook in Teams and selecting Class Notebook > Manage Notebooks.

Cursor hovers over the black notebook in the Class Notebook section in OneNote. Use this feature to manage your class notebooks.

Use these settings to:

  • Edit notebook sections 

  • Copy a link to your notebook

  • Create a Teacher-only section group

  • Lock the Collaboration Space

Manage Class Notebook options

Note: To create separate Collaboration Space permissions in your Class Notebook, follow these steps. All the Class Notebooks you've created in Microsoft Teams will be listed under your Co-owned notebooks.

Create assignments with Class Notebook pages

Add Class Notebook pages to assignments for students to edit or reference. These pages can include resources or helpful tips for their tasks, as well as provide space to brainstorm and jot down ideas.

To create an assignment using a Class Notebook page:

  1. Add the page to your notebook's Content Library or Collaboration Space.

  2. Navigate to Assignments in your class team and select Create.

  3. Fill out the details for your assignment and select Select to attach a file.Add resources. In the box that opens, select Class Notebook and navigate through your notebook's sections to choose the page you'd like to attach.

    Tip: When adding a page from your Content Library, select Assign page for students to read, but not edit to add resources as read-only materials. If you select this option, skip step 4.

  4. Choose the section of your students' notebooks you'd like the page distributed to. For example: Handouts.

  5. Select Done when you're finished. Each student will now have a copy of the page inside their Class Notebooks. They can also open the page directly from the assignment card in Microsoft Teams.

Assign page as an assignment in Teams using OneNote Class Notebook

Note: Check to see which version of OneNote students are using before creating your assignment. Using these versions of OneNote ensures that notebook pages you assign will lock and prevent students from editing them after the assignment's due date passes. The student's page will lock when they Turn in the assignment, but unlock when you Return an assignment or they select Undo turn in.

Review assignments with Class Notebook pages

Review assignments and add feedback all in one place! Add comments and points to submissions, and even return assignments for revision, without ever leaving Microsoft Teams.

To review assignments:

  1. Navigate to Assignments in your class team.

  2. Open the assignment and select Turned in underneath the student's work status.

    Cursor is hovering over the Turned in button inside of a selected Assignment in Microsoft Teams.

  3. Review the student's work and add any feedback or points. You can add feedback directly in the Class Notebook page or Feedback box. Your changes will save automatically.

    Tips: 

    • To open and edit the page in the desktop app or the browser, select More attachment options  More  next to the name of the Class Notebook page.

    • Add feedback to a students assignment using the Class Notebook add-in found in Microsoft Teams Assignments.

  4. When you're ready to return your student's work, select Return.

Open Class Notebook in OneNote

Open your Class Notebook in the OneNote desktop app or OneNote for web to launch OneNote and access all of Class Notebook’s learning features.

To open your Class Notebook in OneNote:

  1. In Microsoft Teams, navigate to the class team you'd like to open the Class Notebook for.

  2. Select Class Notebook.

  3. From the top menu, select the Open in Browser dropdown:

    1. Select Open in Desktop App to launch the OneNote desktop app

    2. Select Open in Browser to launch your Class Notebook in OneNote for the web.

Notes: 

  • When using a OneNote Class/Staff Notebook created via Microsoft Teams, you cannot add/remove Students or members using the Class Notebook Wizard online.

  • Notebook members must be added/removed via Microsoft Teams.

Learn more

Class Notebook Support Library 

Learn more about using Class Notebook in OneNote

Using OneNote for the web

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