Head back to class with OneNote

Summer’s nearly over. Students and teachers have begun preparing for their long march back into their classrooms.

Over the years, many students and teachers who already rely on OneNote in school have told us that they wish OneNote 2007 were standard issue in every classroom. The word about OneNote’s many benefits in school has traveled fast, but a lot of people in education still have no idea just how well OneNote is suited to daily use — inside and outside of the classroom.

For those of you who are taking OneNote to school for the first time, here are some of the free back-to-school resources that are currently available on Office Online:

OneNote & Office for Students

Visit the site for Students!

The entire first part of the Office at School: For Students site is dedicated to OneNote 2007. Check out how an MIT grad student uses OneNote in the classroom, learn how you can use OneNote with the Cornell note-taking method (a free template is provided to help you get started), watch a demo or two to discover new features you may not have tried out yet, and be sure to check out the many student-oriented templates you can download for free. OneNote integrates nicely with some of the other Microsoft Office programs, so be sure to browse through the rest of our student site, too. Are you a student who’s looking for more ideas and resources to help you in the classroom and in your studies? Post a comment with specifics here on my blog and I’ll do my best to help you find them!

OneNote & Office for Teachers

Visit the site for Teachers!

The Office at School: For Teachers site is less application-specific and focuses more on the many tasks a teacher must tackle to track their own work and to help students succeed. If you’re a teacher and you’re new to OneNote, start by reading “Teachers: It’s OneNote to the rescue!” It’s a first-hand account of how an instructor integrated OneNote 2007 into her classroom. Next, take a look at the many OneNote and Office templates that are available for free. Teachers are uniquely suited to make OneNote succeed in the classroom by using it themselves and also by demonstrating to students creative ways of using this versatile program for all kinds of schoolwork and research. Are you a teacher who’s looking for more ideas about using OneNote in the classroom? Post a comment with specifics here on my blog and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

OneNote & Office for Parents

Visit the site for Parents!

The Office at School: For Parents site doesn’t focus on programs and templates so much as it offers great advice for how to deal with school-related work and activities. However, OneNote 2007 is the perfect companion for parents to help them track everything from To Do lists, appointments, club activities, homework research, shopping lists for class and lab supplies, and everything else in-between. If you’re a parent who’s never far away from a laptop or a cell phone, OneNote 2007 is the perfect companion to help you manage a busy family life. You can even share notebooks among family members. Check out all of the great resources for parents that the site has to offer. Are you a parent who’s not sure how OneNote could help organize your life? Post a question here on my blog and I’ll do my best to answer it.

Additional OneNote resources for learning

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Don’t yet have OneNote? Try it out for free!

If you see something on any of the sites I’ve linked to in this post, but you’re not quite sure if OneNote is for you, click here to download the OneNote 2007 trial version. You can use and evaluate the full product free for 60 days. During the trial period, no feature is limited or disabled.

Back-to-school deals on OneNote

OneNote 2007 is available in a stand-alone edition, but it’s also bundled with the popular Office 2007 Home & Student Edition — a great value if you’re on a budget.

Here are just some of the many places where you can get a great back-to-school deal on Office 2007:

  • Office Online Store
    Special back-to-school pricing in effect until September 5, 2009.
  • Amazon.com
    Compare prices from Amazon.com and various Amazon.com-based sellers.
  • Best Buy
    Save money when purchasing Office 2007 Home & Student Edition with a new Windows PC.