4 Ways to Use OneNote for Better Student Collaboration

Collaboration is a typical core competency found in curricula across the country. Teamwork and collective thinking are not only useful skills, but are required for students to learn how to interact with each other and work towards a common goal.

The typical scenario for collaboration is simply grouping students into teams and telling them to complete a group project. But successful collaboration actually takes a bit of scaffolding to ensure the experience is useful and effective. Here are four ways to use OneNote to incorporate collaboration in the classroom that encourages interaction from all students.

shutterstock_136558250 [Converted]Create a Class Notebook
When encouraging collaboration, students need to understand expectations. Giving them guidelines helps set the stage for what’s required of them in interactions with their peers. With OneNote, teachers can create a Class Notebook with read-only pages that provide the necessary information and announcements for students.

shutterstock_136558250 [Converted]Setup Private Spaces
While collaboration is mainly about working with others, there’s also an aspect of self-reflection and contribution that is very important. Students need to understand that their individual contributions can have a big impact on the larger group task. Allow students to work through their own personal learning path in a private space, which can add further value to their group contributions.

shutterstock_136558250 [Converted]Setup Shared Spaces
In addition to the read-only pages, teachers can use OneNote for group work opportunities. In shared spaces, students can contribute to group assignments and projects separately or at the same time. The benefit of using OneNote is that teachers can monitor the contributions made by each student.

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Incorporate other Office 365 apps
Time management is a huge piece of collaboration. It’s something all students need to learn. Office 365 makes OneNote and other Office 365 tools accessible to students at any time, in any place. This makes collaboration outside of the classroom much more realistic.