The Mystery Skype Class Notebook is an app for Office 365 that helps you set up OneNote so your class can play the Mystery Skype Game. This app will create a class notebook, which includes three types of sub-notebooks:

  • Collaboration Space – a notebook for all students and the teacher in the class to share, organize, and collaborate during Mystery Skype.

  • Content Library – a notebook for teachers to share Mystery Skype course materials with students. Teachers can add and edit its materials, but for students, the notebook is read-only.

  • Student Notebooks – private notebooks that are shared between each teacher and their individual students. Teachers can access these notebooks at any time, but students cannot see other students’ notebooks.

What you'll need

  • A Microsoft 365 subscription for Education that includes SharePoint Online. If you're not sure you have this, please contact your IT administrator to verify.

  • An organizational account for yourself (the teacher) with permissions to use the OneNote Class Notebook app to create the class notebooks.

  • Your students must have a Microsoft 365 organizational account.

You'll need Internet Explorer 10 or Internet Explorer 11 to use the OneNote Class Notebook app. Other modern browsers should also work.


Install the Mystery Skype Class Notebook app

  1. Go online to

  2. Search for Mystery Skype Class Notebook in the Store.

  3. When the app shows up, click Add.

    Add a Mystery Skype notebook

  4. Click Continue.

    Continue adding Mystery Skype notebook

  5. You should be prompted to sign-in to Microsoft 365 with your account information at

  6. When the dialog below appears, choose Continue.

    sign in to Office 365

  7. The app should now be installed in your My Apps page.

    The Office home page

    Tip: It could take up to 30 seconds for the new Mystery Skype Class Notebook to appear after you've installed it.

Launch the Mystery Skype Class Notebook

  1. Click the app launcher icon in the upper-left corner of Microsoft 365.

  2. In the App Launcher, choose My Apps.

    Launch the Mystery Skype App from the App Launcher

  3. You'll see the Mystery Skype Class Notebook app in the list of apps available to you.

    The Office home page

  4. Click the app go to the Welcome page.

    Welcome to Mystery Skype

Create a class notebook

  1. Click Create a class notebook from the available options.

    Welcome to Mystery Skype

  2. Name your new notebook, and then click Next.

    Note: Each notebook you create must have a unique name, and it cannot contain these characters # / * ? " | < > : . % ' \.

    The Mystery Skype overview

(Optional) Add another teacher to your class notebook

On this screen, you have the option to add another teacher to your class notebook. Any teacher added will have the same permissions as you do. You can add as many as you'd like.

  • Enter the name(s) of the teacher and click Next.

    Add a teacher to Mystery Skype

Add your students to your class notebook

You can add your students individually or in bulk.

Note: Your students must have a Microsoft 365 organization account to continue with this step. If you aren't sure whether or not they do, ask your IT Administrator.

Add Students Individually

  1. Type a student's name in the text box, then press Enter.

    Tip: As you type, the app will look up possible matches. For example, you can type “Jacob” and it will find any students matching that name.

    Add students to Mystery Skype

  2. Repeat step 1 until you've added all of your students, and then click Next.

Add Students in Bulk

  1. Copy and paste a list of the students' names, separated by a semicolon (;) into the text box.

    Tip: After you paste the students' names into the text box, the app will look up each name. The app may take a few moments to automatically resolve each name. For each match that isn't found, you can retype the name or remove the name from the text box.

  2. Click Next when you’ve completed adding all of your students for the class and the names have fully resolved.

Start each student notebook with sections

  1. Keep the boxes checked next to the default Mystery Skype sections that you'd like created in each student’s notebook.

    Design spaces in Mystery Skype

  2. Click Add more to add additional sections in each student’s notebook.

  3. Click Next when finished.

    Tip: We recommend that you create section names that correspond to Mystery Skype activities, not units. For example, use activities such as Research, Mystery Skype Jobs, What I Learned, and Reflections.

    Note: You can also add, remove, and delete sections directly in your students’ notebooks after the class notebook is created.

Finalize Your Class Notebook

  1. Click Teacher's notebook, and Student's notebook to verify how the sub-notebooks and sections will be created for the class. Click Inline b Back Arrow to go back to add or remove sections, or click Create to have the app create your class notebook.

    Preview Mystery Skype

  2. Click the notebook name link to open your class notebook in OneNote. As soon as the notebook is ready for your students, email the hyperlink shown in the text box to your class for your students to open. Keep a copy of this link for your records or retrieve this link later in OneNote 2013 by right-clicking the class notebook in the notebook list, and then clicking Copy Link to Notebook.

    Tip: The same link is used by everyone in one class to access the class notebook. If you make notebooks for several classes, each link will be different.

    Now Mystery Skype setup is done

    Tip: You may wish to add content by placing it in the Content Library before inviting your students to open the class notebook. Keep a copy of the link in your records while you prepare the notebook, then share the link with the students when ready.

Get links to any class notebooks you have

To find any link to a class notebook that you have, simply launch the app and click the Get Notebook links button.

Get links in Mystery Skype

This will bring up a page that has all class notebooks created by you and a link to each one. Select the link, press CTRL+C to copy it, and then paste the link into an email to your students.

Help your students find their class notebook

Students can find all new class notebooks on their OneDrive for Business inside the Shared with me folder.

The notebooks that are shared with you on Office 365

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