Monthly Archives: October 2014

Studying with OneNote

As mentioned in my previous post, Microsoft OneNote is a digital note-taking app and I love it.  But it isn’t just helpful in organising my personal life. As I am currently studying, I have been able to embrace far more functionality of OneNote than ever before.  It is the perfect software programme to make my own personalised lecture notes from, and brainstorm and write assignments in.

Don’t just take my word on it

It doesn’t take much online research to see that OneNote is fast becoming the go-to digital app in the education sector.  The hierarchical structure of the notebook makes it the perfect replacement to the student notebook and ring binder.OneNote1

And Microsoft is aware its OneNote software is winning the hearts in the education sector too. Just take a look at the Microsoft OneNote twitter page – most of the posts currently there relate to students, classroom or education in general.

This short YouTube clip provides a great overview of how some high school students have embraced OneNote for their studies.  It highlights how you can access your notes anywhere, embed almost anything, share notes with peers, and submit assignments to teachers.  All of this within one digital notebook application, OneNote.

Two fundamental changes for the classroom…

OneNote to replace the whiteboard?

Classrooms are beginning to replace the whiteboard with OneNote.  A Christchurch school recently shared how they used OneNote to deliver a math lesson.  Using OneNote, a Microsoft Surface tablet and a Miracast device, the teacher was able to wirelessly broadcast the tablet screen (where he was demonstrating in OneNote) to the classroom projector.

But it doesn’t end there.  The students have access to this lesson from their own OneNote and can revise that lesson later on. Also the lesson is recorded so absent students can fully experience the lesson as if they were there.

View the Microsoft NZ Education blog for the full summary and recorded lesson.

Work on team projects virtually with OneNote

Often classwork requires working on a group project.  Another great feature of using a digital app like OneNote is the ability to collaborate online and share with your peers.  You can now work together on a project without having to be crammed around a table in a group setting.Coauthoring image1

“With a shared OneNote notebook, student teams can add to the shared notebook on their own time, or work together in real time from school, library, or home” (OneNote Team, 2014).

What’s next?

Technology apps like OneNote have certainly revolutionised how we can study.  It’s an exciting space and one can only assume as this technology continues to advance, so will the benefits for student learning!

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Office Videos (2014). OneNote in Education: Organizing, Note-taking, & Homework Made Easier [YouTube video clip]. Retrieved from

Moxon, S (2014). Trading In The Whiteboard for OneNote and a Surface Pro [Blog]. Retrieved from

OneNote Team (2014).  Students can be more organized & collaborative with OneNote [Blog].  Retrieved from

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Top by San Jacinto College
Bottom by Office Blogs

Microsoft OneNote – my digital online notebook

OneNoteI like to be organised.  My life is too busy to not be.  I was introduced to Microsoft OneNote a few years ago.  I was amazed that this software is part of the standard Microsoft Office Suite but wasn’t used as much as the likes of Microsoft Word and Excel.  Microsoft OneNote is an amazing software programme that has revolutionised how I organise my life.

What is OneNote?

“OneNote is the digital note-taking app for your devices.  Where you can capture thoughts, ideas, to-dos, in one place.  You can use it anywhere and share your notes with anyone.” (Facebook’s OneNote page, 2014).  It became available in the 2003 version of Microsoft Office and you can download for free on all your devices from the Microsoft OneNote website.

Basically, it replaces all of your random paper notebooks and post-it notes with one digital repository.

OneNote Features

I would like to share with you some of my favourite features.

  • Because I can save my OneNote notebooks to the cloud (via OneDrive), I can access my notes/things to remember anytime, anywhere (as long as I have a mobile device with me).  No more getting to the supermarket and not being able to remember that random grocery item I jotted down on my kitchen blackboard.
  • It records and embeds video and audio files straight into my notebook.  It is so simple to do as well.  Taking notes in meetings is now done at the push of the button, allowing time to properly focus on the conversation.  This is nicely demonstrated in this 2-minute YouTube video.
  • I can assign certain notes a ‘flag’ to send me a reminder to action something at a later date, popping up as an alert on my outlook calendar.  How handy is that?red flag reminders
  • It automatically saves everything, saving me time by not having to go and save a document every now and then.

There are obviously many more fantastic features and functionality of OneNote. Thomas Maurer has identified a number of other great features too.

Check OneNote Out

I urge you to check OneNote out.  It is a simple intuitive programme that works with the same look and feel as the familiar Microsoft Office suite.  And you can’t do anything wrong, it’s just a digital version of your notepad.  Plus think of all those trees you would be saving.

Please note this website and blog is for an assignment.

OneNote (2014). OneNote’s Facebook homepage.  Retrieved from
Vest, N (2013). Microsoft OneNote – Recording a lecture [YouTube video clip].  Retrieved from
Maurer, T (2014). This is why OneNote is Awesome [Blog post].  Retrieved from

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Top by techno buffalo
Bottom by the newspaper clip

How do I preserve the top tier of my wedding cake?

We get asked this question a lot by our clients who have ordered a Cakealicious Wedding Cake.  My first response is to tell them to eat it!  But, of course, if the time is taken to preserve it correctly the cake will taste just as good in a years time.  And what better way to celebrate your first year of marriage than to sit down and reminisce all the while enjoying a piece of that very same wedding cake.

Wedding cake preserving instructions

Now, having taken the time to design the most perfect wedding cake for your special day, don’t just rush off and place it in the freezer in a plastic bag.   Here is the best advice we have found out there, curtesy of Tiny Test Kitchen and

  1. Firstly, make sure the top tier gets saved and the caterers don’t serve it up on the night. Crucial!
  2. Remove any cake decorations.
  3. Place the cake in the fridge the night of the wedding to chill (maybe arrange for a someone else to take this responsibility).  This helps the icing to stiffen up.  Make sure to keep the cake away from any other food to avoid it absorbing the odours.
  4. Wrap the cake tightly in 3 layers of plastic wrap and then 1-2 layers of tin foil.  Put in a cake box (Cakealicious Cakes always provides cake boxes for wedding cakes) and put deep in the back or side of the freezer.
  5. Wait one glorious year.
  6. Take the cake out 2 days before your anniversary and unwrap all the layers.
  7. Rewrap the cake loosely in 1 layer waxed baking paper and then 1 layer of plastic wrap.
  8. Place this in the fridge and then bring out 2-4 hours before you intend on eating it, removing the wrapping again to bring it to room temperature.
  9. Voila, enjoy with a glass of bubbles and toast to your 1 year wedding anniversary.

Wedding Cake 1 year anniversaryOf course, the cake doesn’t have to be saved for your 1 year wedding anniversary.  Other traditions are to eat at the christening of your first born child – which may be before or after your 1 year anniversary.  More modern trends include eating the cake to celebrate even your 1 month or 2 month anniversary.

It’s up to you, it is your wedding cake to do with as you please.  We just hope you enjoy being able to savour a special part of your wedding day to have further down the track!

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