Microsoft OneNote

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Brain grade: 8.7
Fun score: 7.9

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Microsoft OneNote is a note-taking app with an aesthetic similar to Microsoft Word. However, its functionality is more like a notebook, in that users are writing on an unbounded, blank, document. The program provides an ideal medium for taking digital notes, and also allows users to sync their notes across various platforms, such as PCs and mobile devices. Users insert notes into pre-existing tables, or text boxes, achieving an organized interface that simpler note-taking services cannot match. OneNote features offline multi-user editing, affording any number or parties the ability to add, delete, or correct what was written.  Users can even edit documents using drawing tools, allowing for a more hand-written approach and allowing for symbols and images to be drawn directly into notes — a great way to encourage collaboration and brainstorming. The program comes with most Microsoft Office packages, and a mobile app version is available with slightly fewer features. Children should be comfortable with their ability to write, and be familiar with note-taking strategies prior the using the program, as it is best suited for children aged 10 and older.



Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

OneNoteNote-taking is the primary organizational strategy for students to easily capture and present key ideas and information. While all students must learn to take notes, not all students learn the strategy that works best for them. Some students find working within the strict confines of the Cornell style best suits them, while others are best served by the use of more free-hand, visual methods. Students who write slowly or poorly may find that typing is there method of choice. Microsoft OneNote offers the latter type of note takers a hybrid combination of the freedom of handwritten notes with the neatness and organized look of typed text. One problem with writing notes via dictation is that their arrangement cannot be easily changed once captured, but One Note features movable text boxes, and the ability to change the arrangement of notes with a single click. Users can also create new notebooks for different subjects, or add new pages to existing notebooks, making it easy to augment and further categorize information.


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.


Microsoft OneNote offers a new way of taking digital notes. There are no restrictions in this free-form note-taking program, which provides users with a fresh look at how they record information. As a more "outside-the-box" productivity software, Microsoft OneNote invigorates a traditionally monotonous study strategy, allowing users to draw, turn pages, and insert text-boxes anywhere on the page. OneNote's highly customizeable interface ensures that the order of content is always coherent, chronological, and clear. Handwritten notes often lack OneNote's visual presnetation, which can help contextualize a static set of notes. Inserting images into OneNote is a simple, one-step process, and can turn a text heavy document, into a visual - even interactive study guide. Users will adapt quickly to the new format - as their perception of taking notes will certainly change for the better if they adopt OneNote as a new study strategy.


Taking notes helps users to organize their thoughts - an essential part of the writing process. Before writing an essay, it is important to have a guideline, or a set of notes, that separate the essay into an introduction, body, and conclusion. OneNote can assist users as they flesh out thesis statements, organize a lists of important quotes, and group information by paragraph. Not all writers need to take notes before they start a paper; however, organizing information prior to starting can make starting a paper must less time consuming, as users already have determined their direction and focus.

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