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Updates to the OneNote Class Notebook add-in—read/unread indicators in Review Student Work and more

As written on blogs.office.com
Since the school year started, we’ve been making improvements to the Class Notebook add-in for OneNote on the desktop. Here is a summary of the highlights—as well as details for the update releasing today. To update your OneNote Class Notebook add-in, just click the Update button on your toolbar to download and install the latest version. If you’ve never installed the Class Notebook add-in, you can get it from the OneNote Class Notebook website.

Improvements to Review Student Work

The most exciting new feature is being released today. Teachers now can quickly and easily see updates made by students in the Review Student Work pane.
Some common requests from teachers have been to:
  • Easily see when students have started their work in a distributed page or assignment.
  • Quickly see which pages you, the teacher, have already reviewed.
  • See if a student added any new content after a teacher has already reviewed or graded a page.
These requests are all now possible with the new OneNote Class Notebook add-in (version and use the familiar bold convention to denote the unread status.
Read/unread support in the Review Student Work pane.

Improvements to notebook and student mapping

  • Notebook mapping—If your notebook name and LMS/SIS course name match, the Class Notebook add-in will automatically map the two together.
  • Student mapping—If the format of your students is <LASTNAME>, <FIRSTNAME>, the student names will be automatically mapped.

A few more improvements and detailed summary

We have provided additional LMS support for SEQTA by adding assignment and grading integration. Also, we made some performance improvements to help speed up page distribution.
Here is a detailed summary of all the new capabilities and improvements to the Class Notebook add-in over the last few months. This list can also be found at the bottom of the Class Notebook add-in support page.
Version—September 2016
  • SEQTA assignment/grading integration.
  • Automatic mapping of Class Notebooks.
  • Automatic mapping of students by last name, first name.
  • Refresh tokens so teachers only need to sign in to the LMS/SIS once.
  • Display a warning when distributing pages that contain attachments.
  • Apostrophes in section names now preserved correctly during page distribution.
Version—September 2016
  • Fixed an issue with grading in MS Classroom courses with many assignments.
Version—October 2016
  • Fixed issue affecting Schoology sign-in.
Version—October 2016
  • Fixed issue preventing student mappings from getting saved.
Version—November 2016
  • Fixed bugs that happened with certain content types for page distribution.
Version—December 2016
  • Read/unread state for Review Student Work assignments and distributions.
  • Performance improvements for page distribution.


Learning Tools for OneNote supports more languages and themes and is now generally available

Today, we are moving Learning Tools for OneNote out of preview (announced in January) and into general availability (English only). Learning Tools for OneNote was initially released as a customer preview back in January of 2016. The concept came from an internal Microsoft “Hackathon,” where a group of people who were passionate about inclusively got together to design tools to help people with learning differences. The result was a set of tools that ultimately help all people. The Hackathon project won the grand prize, and the prototype was built into a product and released earlier this year.
Since the initial release, we’ve been amazed and humbled by the positive reaction from students, teachers and many others from around the world. We’ve seen press reviews such as Jordan Shapiro’s in Forbes, “Learning Tools For Microsoft OneNote May Be One Of The Most Disruptive Education Technologies Yet,” and the Dyslexic Advantage Community named Learning Tools a “Top Dyslexia App of 2016.”
More importantly, we’ve seen the results and impact from people who have been using Learning Tools. We’ve seen reading speeds dramatically increase, as seen in this video with Special Education teacher Lauren Pittman. We’ve heard stories of dyslexic students who insist that they only want to read materials using Learning Tools and a teenager with learning differences express a passion and desire to read for the first time in his life. We’ve seen Learning Tools being used by emerging first-grade readers in Florida, as seen in this video. A teacher in Macedonia uses Learning Tools to teach English to her young students. English Languages Learners (ELLs) have also been using Learning Tools widely. We believe Learning Tools speaks directly to Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person on the planet to achieve more.
New improvements for Learning Tools
In addition to the general availability of Learning Tools for OneNote, we’ve added a new set of capabilities, including:
•Localized user interface—Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.
•Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).
•Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink, which have been specifically designed and tuned based on research.
•Switching reader languages—Improved the ease of switching between text-to-speech languages in the immersive reader.
•Multiple language support—Ability to read back multiple languages on one page, such as English, Spanish and French on the same page.
•Speech controls—Simplification of speech controls and a new menu for all of them.
•Easy download—Easy instructions to download more text-to-speech languages. This will depend on your Windows version.
Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.

Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.

Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).

Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).

Simplified audio and speech controls, improved ease of switching between text-to-speech voices and easy instructions to download more text-to-speech voices.

Simplified audio and speech controls, improved ease of switching between text-to-speech voices and easy instructions to download more text-to-speech voices.

Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink

Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink

We hope that you enjoy these new improvements for the new school year! You can download the Learning Tools General Availability at www.onenote.com/learningtools, or if you already have it, you will see an update button appear within the add-in (see below).


And don’t forget: Office 365 Education, including OneNote and Learning Tools, is free for students and teachers! Get yours at Office.com/education.

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