So, I am on a quest to identify all the ways you the OneNote fans are  using OneNote and i stumbled across this post today thanks to Twitter  (I am such a freaking Twitter fan!)

What can be cooler than using OneNote to analyze motor racing tracks.                           Here’s how it’s done:

As you develop your skills in Open Track events, and start to become comfortable with a  particular racetrack, you will start to realize that you need to analyze each part of the track in detail. This allows you to methodologically focus on improving how you approach the  turn,  where you turn in, where your apex is and how you cross it, and how you exit the turn. Plus of course the relationship of that turn to the next one, and so on.

In other words, you start to document each aspect of the event. And not only information   about the track, but starting with a list of what you need to pack for the weekend, the latest alignment specs you setup the car with, tire temps after each run, maps to the event and hotel reservations, and lots more.

This is where a great piece of software comes in: Microsoft OneNote. OneNote is a  software notebook. Pages, tabs, and sections allow you to organize your information  the way you want to. The ability to import graphics or to draw in freehand allows you                                to visualize and mark up information. If you have a Tablet PC, you can use a pen to            draw diagrams and to annotate them with your notes.. A Tablet PC isn’t necessary,  but it’s a nice addition to the capabilities and of course it’s very powerful to be able                       to carry the laptop around your garage area and to take notes with the driver during   and following each track session.

If you have instrumented your car, and are storing the data in a file such as Excel, that file can be linked to or even imported into OneNote, where it can also annotated                    and highlighted. Now you can look for issues and start to methodically address them.

The example shown here is from Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2004. Engineers at the track use information store in and organized by OneNote to immediately modify the car for better performance. Engineers analyze the data to design car                                        components and plan strategies to help win future races. They previously used pen             and paper, but that information was difficult to share and inconvenient to use in                the track environment. Imagine these kinds of notes for your local track. If you                    are an instructor, you could even build your instruction notes here and print them            out for the student or class.

Whether you’ve got a TabletPC or not, this is the killer way to store your notes at the track. Alignments, tire pressures, other setup information, notes on the                                   track, events results, and more. Everything stored in OneNote, even handwriting               and images, is searchable and sharable. This is an extremely powerful tool  and we consider it a must-have.


So, as you all know, I am tweeting about Onenote and iheartonenote on Twitter. I thought I’d take a look at what you all are saying about OneNote on Twitter. Here’s what I found this morning:

sherrymn: Working with OneNote as a means to organize my projects and meeting notes.
PorterN: Improved note taking ability in economics. I use the internet to find graphs to put in my OneNote notes. Neat and efficient.
WebVixn: Must say how much I’m loving Microsoft OneNote for my research. SO easy, keep it open constantly
eaitken:Have you tried the OneNote integration with Outlook in 2007? Very satisfying.
charcoal: OneNote is awesome. Linked pages, grouping things on pages and being able to have all the campaign info I need, without paper everywhere.
karlkawanoOneNote automatically will search text in graphics!!! OMG!!!OneNote is clearly the winner here and am loving it.
TheRealIngrid: Microsoft has a program called OneNote which is great for journaling. No sense in putting private thoughts on the internet.
Ok, Tweeple, let’s start tweeting about iheartonenote as well. I need you your help getting the word out.  My goal for this site is total world domination!

Ok, so I am finally ready to reveal ‘what happened in Vegas’ last week.  My buddy Chad and I decided to go out for dinner one night after attending the MIX conference all day.  But first we had to have some drinks. 3 hours and innumerable cocktails later we are famished and basically plastered. We walk outside,  trying to swim through the mental fog,  and think of a restaurant to go to when a real nice guy on the strip hands us a flyer.

Never pick a restaurant based on the street dudes on the strip that hand out those flyers. We did. The guy gives me the flyer and says “You gonna like dis joint- it a upper-comer”. Great I think- a hot tip on a little known Vegas restaurant with fantastic food- a hole in the wall that no one else knows about- lets go! So we hop a cab and give the address.  Cabbie says ‘Ya mon- I take you to the Chicken Ranch’.  Oh boy- even the local cabby knows about this place- must be good- I can’t wait to get some of that juicy, home-cooked style chicken. I would be salivating but the alcohol has drained my body of all water and my mouth is like sandpaper and my head is starting to pound a tad.

Just as the cab is about to go, the cabbie decided he first has to stop and chat with some friends hanging out on the corner- ‘A minute mon- got to get directions’. It appears the cabbie pays his friends for the ‘directions’ as he hands over money and they slip him something wrapped in tin foil.  Odd- but I think nothing of it as I’m starving and drunk and really want to dive into that chicken.

Just as the cabbie returns and opens the door, police lights appear out of nowhere and we’re suddenly surrounded by cops. Maybe it’s time we left, I think, and head over to McDonalds. Cabbie says ‘take your money back mon since we didn’t go no where’ and hands me some cash. So I stumble out of the cab into the glaring lights and am immediately tackled by Vegas PD, handcuffed, and placed face down on the pavement. Mmmmm, chicken, I think as my face is squashed into something on the pavement that resembles rancid beef fat. ‘Whats this?’ the officer asks as he takes the money the cabbie gave me which upon closer inspection appeared to also contain the tin foil the cabbies friends gave him. It turns out the tin foil didn’t contain directions.

So now I’m starving, dehydrated, head pounding, handcuffed, face-down on the pavement in rancid beef fat, and getting busted for drugs. How much worse could it possibly get? Then they do the alcohol test on me- ahhh- public intoxication- that will look good on my record. The paper in my hand the guy on the street gave me as a restaurant recommendation- the police seem interested in that as well.

Turns out the Chicken Ranch doesn’t really serve chicken. Soliciting prostitution- wow- I am really, really loving Vegas. Starving, dehydrated, head pounding, handcuffed, face-down on the pavement in rancid beef fat, busted for drugs and public intoxication and soliciting prostitution.  Jackpot! Seven-Seven-Seven!! Can’t wait to tell my Mom about the Vegas trip.

By the way, I don’t eat chicken anymore.

.I scouted around and found a great blog post today that provides instructions on how to get everything loaded and synched. Here it is: Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 provides two-way synchronization with Windows Mobile–powered Smartphones or Pocket PCs so that you can stay productive no matter where you are.

To synchronize Office OneNote 2007 with your mobile device: 1. Connect the device to your computer. Microsoft ActiveSync starts.

2. When prompted, download Microsoft Office OneNote Mobile to your device.

3. Take notes on your mobile device.

4. The next time you connect your mobile device to your computer and open OneNote, the notes you took will be copied to the OneNote Mobile Notes notebook in OneNote. Information you put in the Mobile Notes notebook will be viewable on your device.

Pretty nifty!

What if OneNote Starred in the Lord of the Rings Two Towers? The script might look something like this…And now, a scene from the OneNote version of the Two Towers…


“OneNote to rule them all,
OneNote to find them,
OneNote keeps your notes and ideas,
and with software binds them”

<Éowyn laughs  and looks back at Aragorn with the sun behind her and the wind in her hair. At that particular moment, Aragorn seems enchanted by Éowyn’s light-hearted image. That night. Aragorn could not sleep and smokes his pipe as he thinks of Arwen.>

Arwen: The light of OneNote does not wax and wane… It is mine to share with whom I will… Like my heart…And my ideas…And my research… Go to sleep…

<Flashback: Aragorn is lying on a chaise in Rivendell. He opens his eyes and sees Arwen before him, smiling down at him.>

Aragorn <checking OneNote>: According to my personal OneNote notebook, I am asleep. This is a dream. And I’m recording this audio in OneNote so I can review it in the morning…

Arwen: <Bends down to kiss him> Then it is a good dream. Sleep…but don’t forget to save your notebook…wait…OneNote automatically saves your document so you could actually use it in your sleep if necessary…never mind

<She kisses him lightly on the lips and then steps away to look out upon Rivendell. Aragorn closes his eyes but for a while. He looks over at Arwen.>

Aragorn (In elvish): You told me once that this day would come. I created a new section in OneNote to capture my notes when you told me that

Arwen (Also in elvish): <Turns to look at Aragorn> This is not the end… it is the beginning. The enlightenment of OneNote will be with you always. Begin a new notebook as you will, when you will. In fact, since you must go with Frodo because that is your path, it might be a good idea to document the itinerary and maps in OneNote so you don’t get lost

Aragorn (Still speaking elvish though his tongue is getting tired from the twisty elvish words, so he slightly slurs his speech): <Walks over to Arwen> My path is hidden from me.

Arwen (yes- she is still speaking elvish as well- stop asking): It is already laid before your feet. On the computer on the floor in front of you. In the OneNote notebook I created for you on our anniversary. How could you forget you beast…Men! But I digress…You cannot falter now. You must rely on the power of OneNote to illuminate your path…if you can’t find your path use the search capabilities in OneNote- they’re awesome.

Aragorn: Arwen…my love…my One…Note

<Arwen hushes him, resting her fingers on his lips. As her hands moves down to rest on the OneNote pendant around Aragorn’s neck, he clasps her hand in his and they gaze into each other’s eyes, dreaming of shared notebooks on SharePoint servers.>

Arwen (elvish, shmelvish): If you trust nothing else… trust this. Trust OneNote.

<They kiss. The kiss is automatically video recorded in a new section of their shared IHeartOneNote notebook, and a time stamp is placed on the page>

OK, so it it has been a slow work at week and I couldn’t help myself. That’s all I have to say.


I thought I’d see how lawyers can use OneNote to be even more lawyer-y. Maybe we should send a copy of OneNote to the team who will be in charge of evaluating candidates!

What is Microsoft Office OneNote for Lawyers?

Microsoft(r) Office OneNote(tm) is a note-taking software program that combines the flexibility of a legal notepad with the efficiency, organization and accessibility of a computer. Attorneys can now write, organize, reuse and share their notes on any laptop, desktop or Tablet PC.

Who Needs OneNote?

OneNote is ideal for legal practitioners — lawyers, paralegals, law clerks, legal assistants and law students — who are assigned to the same cases, are in the same practice group or work on matters that involve more than one practice group and share information. Anyone who takes notes and needs to refer to them or share them later will benefit from OneNote. It is particularly useful for those who:

· Take notes on paper or on a PC
· Do research
· Repurpose their notes to develop more formal documents or presentations
· Attend client meetings, depositions, MCLE, seminars-or virtually any note-taking forum
· Need to share their notes with others

Key Features

OneNote is indispensable to lawyers who use laptops, desktops, PDAs or Tablet PCs. Here are some of the reasons why:

· Multiple device support. OneNote works well on any desktop, laptop and Tablet PC.
· Digital ink. Lawyers can handwrite their notes or draw diagrams and pictures using a pen-input device. Handwriting can then be converted to text for use in more formal documents and facilitate sharing among attorneys.

· Flexible two-dimensional page surface. Many lawyers use symbols or personal abbreviations when taking notes. With OneNote, they can do that, draw schematics, connect lines, and even arrows, anywhere on the page — just like on a notepad. For easy team access, they can share the notes or transfer them to another application.

· Copying and pasting. Lawyers can move notes around in OneNote, or between OneNote and any other Office application — and many non-Office applications. This is especially useful for multi-office law firms whose lawyers work on the same matters from distant locations. OneNote enables everyone assigned to that matter to access the file notes in a central location. Sharing client meeting notes or litigation strategies is both time efficient and cost efficient, particularly in multidistrict litigation or for client matters being handled in different offices,

· Audiovisual notebook. Lawyers can record audio notes that sync with their typed or written notes. Rather than slog through hundreds of pages of typed deposition testimony searching for a point, attorneys can record the deposition in OneNote, flag salient testimony, immediately access and then share the exact sworn testimony with whoever needs it. The deponent can also be recorded visually with a simple plug-in, documenting body language, as well as tone of voice.

· Adding Web content. Lawyers can simply drag-and-drop pictures, diagrams, text and other information from any Web site directly into their OneNote notes. Plus, OneNote automatically includes the Web address so that the lawyer can refer to the information later, if needed.

· OneNote side note. OneNote side note is a small version of OneNote that lawyers can launch with a single click on the Windows(r) Quick Launch toolbar. It opens a small window for writing or typing notes on the go or while working in other programs.

· Dictionary. Lawyers using legal shorthand in OneNote can store the symbols in their customized dictionaries.

Additional Features

OneNote offers lawyers several helpful features that easily organize, find, reuse and share notes

that traditional notepads don’t have:

· Note flags and note flag summary. OneNote note flags help lawyers make timely decisions about what to keep and what action to take. They can be used to mark notes that are important or require follow-up, such as expert testimony or new legal issues requiring research. Flagged notes also create a list of action items that can be viewed in the summary pane and distributed simultaneously to team members.

· Finding and searching. Lawyers can quickly search and find notes they need without having to remember where they saved the information. This is critical for attorneys working on matters that extend over long periods of time, such as patent applications, or for new attorneys assigned to a case. Newcomers can easily hone in on what they need in a central folder rather than sift through someone else’s paper notes — a rather time intensive process.

· Layout and design options. Note-taking does not always follow a logical sequence. In OneNote, lawyers can drag-and-drop notes to rearrange them in a way that makes sense to them and others who need to access them.

· History navigation. Just as in a Web browser, lawyers can jump to recently-viewed note pages without sifting through legal pads or trying to recollect where the note was written.

· Page tabs. Page tabs enable lawyers to easily flip through or rearrange pages in their current notebook.
· Title area. When the notes become too long to fit on the screen at one time, the notes that a lawyer wants to remain visible can be placed in this area.

· Auto saving. Notes will never be lost again because OneNote automatically saves them as they are written. This can be critical for preserving the comments of a key witness or the elements of a client interview.

· E-mailing notes. Notes can be shared in their folders or e-mailed directly from within OneNote.
· Publish as HTML. Lawyers can publish any of their note pages as HTML.

Find out how one Kevin Hurt from the Edumaction Blog uses OneNote to enhance teaching, professional development, and curriculum development


Last year, when our district rolled out teacher laptops, one of the first things I did was open every program and play around with it for a few minutes. There were several programs that were not even the least bit interesting to me. One of the programs I had never used before was Microsoft’s OneNote – a part of the Office suite. Plenty has been said elsewhere about the capabilities and successes of OneNote, so I won’t go into that here. Rather, I wanted to share a couple of ways we have been using OneNote to enhance teaching, professional development, and curriculum development.

The Digital Plan Book

The first thing I started doing with OneNote is creating a digital plan book. Being a new teacher, I had never really used an old, spiral plan book, so it was not much of a challenge for me. I used OneNote’s features to help organize my planning in a variety of ways. Having created a planning notebook, I broke up the curriculum using one tab per unit. For each unit, I created an “Overview” page, an “Objectives/Assessments” page, and an “Activities” page. I used the Overview page to brainstorm, then organized my thoughts on the other pages.

Shared Tech Notebook

Our crew of dedicated teacher technology leaders created a OneNote notebook that employs perhaps the best feature of OneNote: sharing. The notebook is stored on our district server, so we all have access to it and by sharing it, we are able to easily share a wealth of information. We’ve used the notebook to share meeting notes, create resource caches, and even compile lists of frequently asked questions. This has helped us accomplish a lot of different things: we now have a library of answers to the emails we get from staff, we can pool our knowledge on all the resources we have available to us, and we’ve become more organized and effective without requiring countless meetings. We’ve even used the “Live Sharing” feature to take real-time notes on trainings and other meetings.

Curriculum Notebook

Perhaps the most ambitious ways we have used OneNote is to create a notebook that will be used to document the English curriculum in our building. After doing a department training on how to use OneNote, I created a department notebook to use for some basic function. But when we began the curriculum documentation process, we thought this provided the perfect platform for collaborating on curriculum development. As a result, are beginning to use the OneNote notebook to create unit plans, brainstorm assessments and activities, and, eventually, create lesson plans for each unit. We used tab sections to break up the grade levels and to separate Honors curriculum from the standard units. Tabs divide up the units and the pages contain all the pertinent information for each unit. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of OneNote. I think it takes all of the benefits of a notebook (sections and pages, privacy), a wiki (collaboration), and a chat room (quick communication) and rolls them into one neat, easy-to-use package.