New Features in OneNote At January 2016

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Figure 1 – Image comes from https://blogs.office.com from the OneNote Whats New In January 2016 article

I was delighted to read that OneNote is getting a facelift.  The Microsoft Office team has announced the new features available in January 2016 in their blog https://blogs.office.com/2016/01/29/onenote-whats-new-in-january-2016/.

For those of you that want to see features only, here they are.

  • Insert shapes on Mac
  • Search all OneDrive notebooks on Mac and iOS
  • Publish notebooks publicly on Docs.com
  • Me-me-me-me (at work, works!)
  • Crop shop
  • Forget-me-now
  • Firefox and Safari users rejoice—clip with abandon
  • Office Lens built in

I hope that these titles intrigue you so much that you go and read the blog. :0

Remember, if you are a passionate OneNote user, you can make suggestions about the features that you would like to see.  Use this link:

Suggestions: OneNote UserVoice

Details on Learning Tools for OneNote

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Figure 1 – Picture from http://blogs.office.com

The Microsoft Office blogs has more information on OneNote Learning Tools.  You can read more at https://blogs.office.com/2016/01/19/learning-tools-for-onenote-improves-learning-for-all/.

Here is what I consider relevant:

Download the Learning Tools for OneNote public preview version today at onenote.com/learningtools.

We designed reading and writing solutions that leverage what works for people with learning differences and for other users based upon research. We are delivering a mainstream tool that benefits all students; it is a great example of inclusive design because it builds on solutions for people with learning differences but it works for everyone and is non-stigmatizing. This matters for students and educators for a few key reasons:

  1. Our ability to read impacts our ability to learn and our lifelong earning potential.
  2. OneNote is growing, and educators are advocating for OneNote because it helps students get organized and gain their independence.
  3. Most importantly, Microsoft can improve learning outcomes through enhanced reading and writing tools.

Learning Tools for Microsoft OneNote

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Figure 1 – Toolbar picture is from https://blogs.office.com/2016/01/19/learning-tools-for-onenote-improves-learning-for-all/.

When I have some free time, I like to catch up on my reading about technology… whatever comes up is what I focus on, when I do my search.  Today, I was captivated by the post on  January 19, 2016 By Anthony Salcito – Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. 

Anthony was talking about how at,  ” Microsoft we think a lot about these individualized learning experiences and how immersive and inclusive technology can help empower every student on the planet to achieve more”. 

What he is talking about is the Minecraft learning tools, and more importantly to me, the OneNote Learning Tools. I quote from his blog:

It is designed specifically to improve reading and writing experiences for all students, including for those with learning disabilities like dyslexia. Learning Tools incorporates special text formatting and other features that can make classroom activities easier, including advanced dictation, focus mode, and immersive reading.

You can click on the link below to read more.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/01/19/microsoft-invests-in-new-and-expanded-version-of-minecraft-for-the-classroom-opens-public-preview-of-learning-tools-for-onenote/