Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams: create and connect, all in one space

Collaboration is so important. So is individual focus time. With Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams, your students don’t have to weigh one against the other. Check out how Class Notebook in Teams creates a centralized space for student engagement and rich content work:

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1. Teams student data = automatically populated Class Notebook


If you’ve used Class Notebook on its own before – in the online version or desktop app – you know about manually entering each student name as you set up your notebook.

But when you activate your Class Notebook within Teams (from the Class Notebook tab in your General channel), the setup process copies the student names in the class team and populates them in your new notebook.

From your established class team with all your students added, simply navigate to your General channel, select Class Notebook, and go through the quick setup process. You’ll go from this:

… to a notebook that’s ready for both co-creation and private work and includes a private notebook for each student:


2. Private notebooks: your students’ personal space for focused work within the Teams environment


While Teams has the conversation component on lock, Class Notebook swoops in with the private notebooks where students can work out of sight when they need to. They can join in on group work in their Class Notebook’s Collaboration Space at any time, but the private section gives them a chance to collect their thoughts, go through research or ideas before sharing with the class, and more. Only the student and you, the teacher, have access to these private sections, giving you a chance to monitor activity and leave comments if needed.

With their own private notebooks right in their class team, students can switch from group conversation to private work within the Teams environment. They can ask questions to the group in Teams when they’re stuck on an assignment and, moving in the other direction, use work they’ve done in their private notebooks to enrich their contributions to class discussions.


3. Teams channels and the Collaboration Space in Class Notebook = the ultimate group work pathway


For class projects that require you to organize students into groups, the option to create a channel for each group is your best friend.

And if you’ve used Class Notebook before, you know the Collaboration Space is where everyone in the class can co-create on the infinite canvas.

But there’s another benefit with Class Notebook in Teams: Once you create a channel in a class team, the students in that channel also get their own section in the Collaboration Space. They can access this space from right within their group’s channel and start co-creating right away, using the Conversations tab as needed to connect on the nuts and bolts of their projects.



4. Create assignment transparency with Teams rubrics and Class Notebook pages


You may have used the assignment distribution feature in Class Notebook, or you may have used Teams assignments to assign work to your students.

With Class Notebook in Teams, all your assignment possibilities can live in one place: like creating an assignment with a rubric and an attached Class Notebook page for reference. When students access their Teams assignment, the Class Notebook page they need to complete it is still in the same space, plus, they have a helpful rubric to reference and stay on top of their learning goals.

Dive into even more assignment possibilities with these tips for using Teams Assignments.

Want to take it back to the basics? Check out this quick tour of the Class Notebook in Teams partnership:

How are you using Microsoft Teams and Class Notebook to create and connect? Let us know by tagging #MicrosoftEDU on Twitter.

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