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Looking for an easy way to encrypt and protect data stored in OneNote? Fortunately, OneNote provides encryption when you password protect a section:
Passwords can be applied only to notebook sections, not to entire notebooks. Passwords are case-sensitive. Make sure that the Caps Lock key is off before you create or enter a password. OneNote uses encryption to secure password-protected sections. (Source)
OneNote’s Password protected section offers a few benefits:
- AES 128 bit encryption protects any pages you’ve created inside of the passworded section.
- Microsoft is reported to use the local cryptography built-into Windows operating system.
- Passworded sections placed on the web (shared online via OneNote Online) require the end-user to enter a password to get access.
- OneNote uses encryption to secure password-protected sections. If you forget your password, no one will be able to unlock your notes for you (not even Microsoft Technical Support). So take care when assigning passwords to your notebook sections and when changing them.
Here are some additional solutions I would encourage you to add if you’re going to use any Microsoft product:
- Encrypt your Onenote page content with Secure Space Encryptor (SSE)
- Encrypt files with the File/Folder Encryption Tool
- Encrypt text with the Text Encryptor
- Use Keepass for Windows, Mac, or GNU/Linux to store confidential information. The database file itself is encrypted with AES-256 so you can add it as a file attachment.
When I first started working with Microsoft and Office 365 accounts, I was pretty ignorant. And, in my ignorance, I ended up creating free Microsoft accounts using my Office 365 account. That meant that I had TWO accounts associated with my Office 365 email–a Microsoft AND an Office 365 account.
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This became a problem because it meant that I had two Onedrive accounts, too. A Onedrive account with 5gig limit (Microsoft), and a second one with 1 terabyte limit (Office 365). I’m not the only one who did this. Several colleagues also accidentally created Microsoft accounts. In retrospect, it seems obvious. And, as I’ve now had the chance to facilitate Microsoft workshops across Texas, others have made the same mistake, ending up with multiple accounts and not knowing what to do about it.
1 – Clarifying Login Screens
One point to keep in mind is that logging in, Microsoft itself differentiates between screens. I’m sure there is a web page somewhere that highlights this difference. I didn’t notice it until Lisa at a training in Kilgore, Tx pointed it out to me.
Microsoft Login – Access Your Personal Microsoft Account that is FREE:
Office 365 Login – Access Your Work Account (Not Free):
You’ll find the login screen for a work account below…as you can see, where the free account shown above is represented in the center of the screen, the Office 365 account login screen below appears far right of the screen. Pretty simple difference, right? I never noticed it until someone pointed it out to me.
To get to the Office 365 login, you can use https://login.microsoftonline.com/ or https://portal.office.com
Now, what can be confusing is if you create a free Microsoft account using an Office 365 email. At that point, you start to get screens that ask you, “Which account do you want to login with?” when you enter your email address:
2 – What To Do If You Get the Screen Above?
If you are getting the screen shown above–featuring Office 365 account displaying two options for how you want to login, either Work/School OR Personal Account–then you may be in the same situation. Microsoft, considerate of your needs, will display this choice on every login.
To eliminate it, you will need to remove your free Microsoft account associated with your Work or School email account. Here’s how I have begun the process:
- Backup your data from OneDrive in the accounts to remove. I recommend CloudHQ.net as a solution to quickly move content from OneDrive for Business (Office 365) to OneDrive (Microsoft) or vice versa.
- Go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=523898 and enter the Microsoft account username and password for the Microsoft account you want to remove.
- Follow the instructions.
- Your account will be removed (and you can change your mind at anytime).
3 – But wait! I Accidentally Created My MS Education Account with Some Account
At this point you can write something like the following:
Hi, I have two (or three!) Microsoft Community Education accounts created. Could you combine them for me? Here are the accounts:
- email@example.com (GoogleSuite based account)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Office 365 account)
- email@example.com (Microsoft account associated with Office 365 email)
Please be aware that I will be using the Office 365 account as my primary login from this point forward. Thanks!
After a short time, they will let you know the status and then when it’s done, what the disposition of your request is. My contact was fast and had a positive resolution!
Whew, it’s been a long time that I’ve been wanting to write this set of information up. I know I’m not the only one who has suffered through this and I hope this will help someone else!
Question: Hi all, I’m trying to get our teachers to share LPs with admin using OneNote, but I’m having such a hard time because its asking teachers for a sign in AND it won’t take our work emails…any ideas as to what I’m doing wrong?
A common problem for most folks new to Microsoft and Office 365 is trying to understand when to use their Office 365 account (work email account) vs their personal, Microsoft account. Here’s my 18min video on using Onenote for lesson plans. I address Microsoft vs Office365 login issues, as well as some ideas. If viewers have other suggestions, make a video and share it! I’d love to feature it! https://youtu.be/O7KEhfhQQSw
Really, it’s a terrible video. What would you have said?
Question: Office 365/OneNote question: Some of our teachers click on the OneNote app within O365 but instead of taking them to a list of all their notebooks, it automatically opens up their @sites notebook. The only way for them to access a different notebook is by clicking on a direct link someone has shared with them. Has anyone else experienced this? Or now a fix?
Over the last few months, I feel quite comfortable working with OneNote. Just today, I moved my Sharepoint OneNote notebooks to a Microsoft based OneDrive. The reason why is the subject of another blog entry, but when I read the question above, I thought I would suggest the following approach that has worked for me. What would have been your response?
Are you trying to open a OneNote Notebook in OneNote 2016, and it’s not working? Try this approach:
1) Close out all Notebooks in OneNote 2016.
2) Remove all accounts in OneNote 2016
3) Add the account you use to login to OneDrive online.
4) Go to your internet browser, then go to OneDrive for Business (Sharepoint).
5) Open the OneNote Notebook stored at OneDrive for Business in OneNote Online.
6) Click on OPEN IN ONENOTE and then choose OneNote 2016.
7) Give the notebook time to sync to your computer.
8) When done synching, the Notebook should be ready to go.
That approach aside, working with OneNote 2016 is a pure joy. I enjoy working with OneNote and I’m migrating much of my work from a Google Sites (old version) to a OneNote Online notebook (http://tinyurl.com/mgconnect). Find out more about my efforts online.
Over on Facebook, I’m making a special effort to keep the TCEA Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) closed group going with fresh tips and content. When I started facilitating MIE sessions earlier this year (I’ve had a chance to facilitate 10 across Texas), one of the challenges was reconciling who would be attending at these events. As you might imagine, community building can be tough, albeit rewarding, work. I’m always inspired by Sarah of Edumatch fame, not to mention many others.
My goals were simpler–to build a community of Texas educators, and sure, why not, a few folks from outside Texas. The community had to tap into a need for educators to be heard, to have a place to share their ideas. Robyn H. inspired the Facebook closed group since she has a group for US Microsoft Innovative Educators. I had already tried, unsuccessfully, to create a Voxer group, Skype group, Diigo group. The idea came one session when I asked the audience, “How many Facebook users are there here?” and the whole audience raised their hands. Facebook, not Twitter, was the virtual space teachers, principals, technology directors seemed to inhabit.
The group is now 195 educators strong. Wow.
The group that came about for Texas educators is TCEAMIE. You can join at http://ly.tcea.org/jointceamie
What lessons did I learn?
- Go to where the people are, don’t try to make them come to you.
- Take advantage of multimedia to respond to questions and issues.
- Break the rules, invite others to join who have questions and/or responses.
- Tinker until you get it right.
- Ask for forgiveness.
Note: This blog entry originally published at TCEA’s TechNotes blog.
Best Practice #1 – Establish procedures before issuing Chromebooks.
Best Practice #2 – Teach Chromebook basics along with digital citizenship.
Best Practice #3 – Promote collaboration.
“Good is the enemy of great. Say goodbye to good so you can say hello to great.” You’ve run across this sentiment, haven’t you? While it is a truism people strive to embrace, doing so can be difficult. Achieving the great can be daunting, when failing again and again.
The struggle itself, how we learn from our experiences is what matters. Often, I find myself struggling with my own writing, trying to find a way to make it better. More recently, I look for that spot along the way where I can declare, “Good enough!” and then move on to the next project.
For blogging, for life, good enough means clearing away the unnecessary. Then, love what remains.
When I first wrote, 4 Questions for Servant Leaders, I remembered previous opportunities for taking on jobs others found undesirable. Having been in the manager’s seat, I have had the opportunity to experience the opportunity to assign and receive jobs others felt beneath them. In both situations, the difference maker involved having a fresh attitude, without the baggage of organizational drama of “I have one more thing on my plate.” The fresh attitude enables newcomers in a position to embrace work.
What a gift, right? How do you renew your attitude, renew your spirit so that you can take on undesirable tasks like a newcomer?
The defining question, and one that I keep coming back to reflect on, is “What are the jobs that need doing that no one wants to do?” It’s a question that can define you. Think of actors who carefully say “No” to a million different roles, seeking the perfect one that will make their career. Then, think of the actors who say, “Yes, I’ll do that.” Not only do they bring an attitude of willingness to a job that others dislike, they find a way to excel.
As I’ve gotten older, I find I’m attracted to these actors–several come to mind even now–because viewers get a glimpse into who they are each time they play a part others thought were beneath them. While these bit parts, as some like to call them, are only a small part of the actors’ career, collectively, they represent much more. At the end of their journey, these actors may get a lifetime award, never having had a single role that distinguished them. Or, it is only late in their careers that they find themselves receiving the Oscar or Emmy for the role no one wanted, but that they played masterfully.
That idea of small parts adding up to a career of winning can be eye-opening. A video game my son introduced me to, Clash Royale, suggests the value of persistence in garnering small wins leading to great success.
In the game, you square off another person somewhere on the globe. You marshal your forces to fight and win chests of gold and silver. To win, you must win 2-3 crowns, that is, overcome 2-3 castles your opponent has.
Each day, you can win a gold chest, even though you may win only 1-2 crowns per battle. Eventually, you obtain the 10 crowns you must gather to obtain the gold chest, even if you lose every match but manage to win 1 crown. Persistence is key.
Life lessons abound in this effort to win the gold chest even though you may fail to win in decisive ways. We are all beset by challenges, and some times, we are fortunate enough to escape, having learned but one or two lessons from the experience. If we persist in forward movement, no matter how painstaking, we may yet achieve the prize–a life well-lived, fraught with peril yet victorious because no small measure of wisdom has been earned.
In this blog entry at ReadWriteRespond, the focus is on servant leadership. On doing the job, of giving one’s all for others. This focus on servant leadership plays out within the confines of team leadership. Yet, much of those involved in the bit parts may play the role of follower or supporting roles. They may not be the “servant leader.”
In the end, a solitary leader may be the one who reaches for transcendence, not distinguishing herself in team servitude. Transcendence in this case means gaining wisdom from completing jobs none wanted. For this leader, a person out taking a walk without followers, reaching for the joy of lessons learned, wreathed in failure, growing successfully as a result. I suppose that such a follower isn’t a servant leader, but something else.
As another school year begins, Microsoft delights with summer updates and changes to its suite of learner-centered offerings, designed to help educators Hack the Classroom. Whether you are an Office 365 expert or just beginning your learning adventure with Microsoft Education tools, you will want to take a quick look at these powerful updates.
Did You Know? …that you can get Office 365 Online tools and 1 terabyte (TB) of cloud storage for free as an educator? This includes Word Online, PowerPoint Online, Excel Online, Outlook Online. Visit http://office.com/teachers to claim your free storage space and access. Or, if you prefer, pay $69.99/year—$6.99 per month–for Office 365 Personal. Not sure how to get started with Office 365? Check out these free online videos!
Microsoft Classroom launched this summer, boasting a rich array of features present in existing learning management systems. This enables teachers and students to take advantage of Office 365 tools in the context of MS Classroom. Some of its main features include Assignment tracking, class calendar of assignments, placement of assignment dates in student calendars, group conversations, co-teacher support, and much more. Be sure to read this Classroom Smackdown blog entry. School Data Sync makes it easy to provision classroom rosters in MS Classroom, eliminating the need for teachers to enroll students by hand.
Watch Become a OneNote Ninja! to get an overview of OneNote features in education. OneNote makes it child’s play to include typing, digital ink, embed videos, record audio and capture web content using the OneNote Clipper add-on available for most browsers. Staff and Class Notebook make it possible for learners regardless of their role to collaborate, share, and enjoy one on one teacher-student academic exchanges. And, teachers can provide handwritten, typed, audio, video feedback to students directly on their work (which can also be handwritten, typed, include recorded audio or video). Updates to OneNote and other tools like Staff Notebook, Class Notebook, Learning Tools add-in for accessibility
- Learning Tools for OneNote (Source) recently enhanced accessibility features.
- OneNote Class Notebook enhancements added a host of new features are accessible that make it easy to rename student sections, distribute new sections to all students in class, lock/unlock the built-in Collaboration Space in Class Notebook.
- OneNote Class Notebook (watch this video) enjoys integration with over 30 Learning Management Systems. OneNote Class Notebook connects to more than just MS Classroom! In addition to MS Classroom, Class Notebook integrates with tools like Google Classroom, Edmodo (watch this introductory video series on Edmodo and Microsoft tools by TCEA member Rachelle Wooten (@rwootenits)), Schoology, Canvas, and many more! Grade something in OneNote Class Notebook and it appears in the learning management system you have connected.
- Automate Staff Notebook creation. Staff Notebook provides a collaboration space for a digital campus/district faculty. It can also serve as a way to model collaborative OneNote use for teachers, as evidenced in this story. Staff Notebook now has a utility to create staff notebooks for a school or district. This facilitates the Technology Department’s job. Find out more.
- The OneNote Importer Tool is now available for both Windows and Mac. Whether you are on Windows or Mac, migrate those notes on Windows or Mac computers. Over 71 million Evernote pages have been imported into OneNote for Windows; now, that functionality is available on Mac (Source).
- In OneNote, you can also easily insert media from sites like Office Mix, Vimeo, YouTube, as well as MS Sway creations and Microsoft Forms. Also, a variety of digital ink effects, such as rainbow, galaxy, gold and silver are available, and digital ink for Mac is now available.
In June, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Forms for formative assessments and surveys (Source). Forms can be used to quickly assess students on any given topic, and features built-in quiz features. Once the quiz or survey is complete, the teacher can send a link or QR code, as well as embed the quiz or survey in a web page. To embed a form in OneNote, simply paste in the web address (URL) into a page and the Form will magically appear. Microsoft Forms also features real-time feedback in Forms, but data can be analyzed in Microsoft Excel as well. Forms, as colleague John Bimmerle (@J_Bimmerle) points out, also includes branching. Schools that subscribe to Office 365 Education or Office Education E5 will see Microsoft Forms. What’s more, all Forms data is stored on servers located in the United States for safe-keeping!
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Other Office 365 tools have also been enhanced to empower K-16 learners. Consider these enhancements:
- Docs.com provides a great space to share and track what you’re creating in your classroom. You are now able to publish your documents, spreadsheets, and presentation. Once published, you can track access analytics for free. Find out more.
- Sway, an alternative, mobile-friendly and responsive web design presentation tool, recently added an Accessibility Checker.
- Edge Internet Browser now supports extensions, such as the Office Online extension (e.g. Chrome or Edge). This extension provides direct access to your Office files and enables you to create and open Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, and Sway documents right from the browser.
- Powerpoint now has an automatic navigation link creation tool known as Zoom, as well as a new text highlighter tool.
- Powerpoint and Excel now take advantage of shape recognition, converting drawings into shapes.
- Word now features Researcher, a tool that helpsp you find relevant quotes, citable sources and images without leaving the app.
And, of course, boost your curriculum and lessons with Office 365 lessons available at the Microsoft Educator Community (http://education.microsoft.com). The future is bright, and options exist. Why not explore?
Are you an educator fascinated with creating videos that feature great content, are available on popular media sites (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo), and feature YOU as the chief learning strategist and interpreter? What’s more, new tools make it easy to annotate videos. Annotating videos involves layering text, links, and comment bubbles into an existing video.
Note: This is a shortened, improved version of the blog entry appearing here at TCEA.org/blog
5 Video Annotation Tools
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Here are a few tools you can use as a teacher to enhance interactivity with video content:
- YouTube has built-in annotation tools, including speech bubbles, spotlight (highlighting areas in a video), adding text notes, titles, and labels.
- EdPuzzle makes it straightforward to add notes and assessments to videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion and others. This enables understanding checks. There’s also an iOS app you and/or your students can use.
- VideoAnt, a web-based video annotation tool, also allows for annotations or comments to web-hosted videos.
- This online annotation tool, Swivl’s Recap, is a student response and reflection app. Teachers can prompt students to respond to questions and students respond in video via their mobile device of choice. Watch this overview of Recap via TeacherCast.
- Flipgrid works a little differently from the tools above, empowering you to create video-based discussion groups. The teacher posts videos and students respond to those. The “video group” can be passworded via a pin code, and then made accessible online via a web site.
3 Student VideoNotes Tools
Looking for tools that allow your students to take notes about videos? Check out this blog entry by Richard Byrne. In it, he highlights these tools:
- VideoNot.es and TurboNote are two tools that allow you to take notes off to the side of the video.
- Vialogues, not unlike Flipgrid, allows you to create conversations that revolve around a video.