Microsoft OneNote

App review by
Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Limited mobile version of Microsoft's note-taking giant.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to organize their school and personal notes on a mobile device, allowing them to review and further study in preparation for quizzes and tests. Although there are serious limits to the sorts of notes that can be created within the app, features for organizing notes and reviewing them in a systematic way are powerful. Sophisticated users might take notes or upload and format notes from a laptop or desktop computer and then use this app as their on-the-go option for study and review. OneNote, while a shadow of its robust desktop version, can help kids track and access their notes on the go. 

Ease of Play

OneNote is easy to use on Android and iPad, though many of the best features of the desktop version are not available..

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that OneNote is a great app for taking notes and organizing content for later use. This app might work best for families who already use the tool on their home computers, since many more features are available on the computer than on the mobile app.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bytrumu00 March 14, 2015

Kids and Adults should use this

If kids and Adults like to note take this is a GREAT program. It would help with kids' note taking in the future. Please encourage kids to use this. Adults... Continue reading

What's it about?

MICROSOFT ONENOTE is a note-taking and organizational tool for the Windows operating system. This app allows users to create notes that include hyperlinks, images, and tables, and notes can be organized easily into individual notebooks, sections, and pages. Users can do everything from creating to-do lists to keeping track of notes from classes or multiple documents for a family vacation. 

Is it any good?

OneNote for Windows has long been one of the best note-taking tools available. On a laptop or desktop computer, users can record audio as they take notes, import handwritten notes and drawings, and clip content from across the Web. Unfortunately, most of those features are missing from the app version of the tool. If you already use it on your desktop, you may love having visually appealing access to the data you've assembled on your computer. You can add some text and images, but the features are pretty limited, making the app better for reviewing content than for creating it. For someone new to OneNote, it might be worth continuing the search for a killer organizational app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about documentation. Parents might help kids create notebooks for family events, such as a notebook containing itineraries, maps, and information for an upcoming family trip. 

  • Parents might help kids set up OneNote as a note-taking app they can use for notes they take in classes at school. 

App details

For kids who love staying organized

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