22- OneNote

Down 6 places but still the top rated Digital Notebook on the list.

OneNote is software for capturing all of your ideas and to-dos on the go, and as such it can act as a personal information system. It has also become an important part of the Microsoft ecosystem. In education, OneNote Classroom is also being used as a replacement for a course management system.

Website: onenote.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Download

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 21
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 12
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 13

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 16.   2017: 21      2016: 19     2015: 46    2014: 68    2013: 69
2012: 71    2011: 100    2010: 85     2009: –       2008: 66    2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected OneNote as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

“Still has a place for work note-taking that sits within our Office365 environment.” Julian Elve, UK https://www.synesthesia.co.uk/2019/08/23/top-10-tools-for-learning-2019/ 

“I use OneNote for my personal notes, for sharing notes with colleagues and for my students to do assignments in” Teacher Trainer, Netherlands

“Keeps me organized so that I can keep up with all my projects. Easy to use, lets me store and retrieve massive amounts of information.” Instructional Designer, USA

“I am new to OneNote this year and I am enjoying the shift. While I am still big on the pen and notebook, I am seeing how this ‘digital notebook’ can help me keep my ideas and work more organised.” Head of Risk Skills, Australia

“Allows me to create task lists with linked notes, images or code snippets. I can also easily share and collaborate on these notes. I no longer carry a notepad and pen with me as I can just use OneNote on my phone” Learning Technologist, UK

“As well as evernote, I use onenote for work purpose. Since I use microsoft office at the work, I like to use onenote as the official note taking at work.” Knowledge Management Specialist, Brazil

“helps me structure notes and tasks” Lecturer, Malaysia

“Great and easy tool” Professor and Software Entrepreneur, USA

“easy notes, good app” Innovation and Digital Learning Scout and Trainer, Austria

“best Tool ever! for collecting and sharing different content” Consultant, Germany

Previous comments

“still the best note-taking application. Unbeatable in combination with SharePoint or OneDrive, and a tablet pc with a digitizer pen (like the Surface, or recently the new iPad with the stylus). It is fully cross platform with a nice and stable client for OS X!” Jan Van Belle, 2018

“where I store all of my notes and collaborate with others on content” Dennis Callahan, 2018

“A versatile tool that can be used for personal, work and school. You can use it for notes, connect supporting documents, emails, pictures, etc. It also has great capabilities for research. Class Notebooks are an amazing feature for teachers and students. And the best part it is FREE. Who doesn’t love that.” Michele Brown, USA

“My OneNote account has become such a repository of content that I really can’t imagine changing away from it.  It searches tools are solid and it’s easy to move pages, tabs, and notebooks around to reconfigure the content to my liking.  Using IFTTT, I even sync everything I put into Diigo into OneNote automatically.” Dave Lee, USA

“I am trying hard to make this the only place I collect information. It integrates well with all devices and I use it for storing stuff and ideas.” Sharyn Mayne

“great for keeping organized, all documents, videos, all files in one place. This has been an awesome tool for my work.” Anon, Canada

“This is a great way to grab content off the web (or anywhere.) Perfect for doing web research and saving articles quickly, in a useable format. Obviously a must for OneNote users, but also very useful for those who aren’t. Makes a big difference in my students’ research project.” Jeremy Tucker, USA

“One Note Classroom: LMS Replacement” Chris Jobling, UK

“One Note Classroom: This application revolutionized my curriculum and paperwork management for my classes. Can’t imagine life without it!” Jeremy Tucker, USA

” I use OneNote to organize my lesson plans, take notes at faculty meetings and in-services, and collect ideas I discover. It allows me to create multiple notebooks, with multiple tabs, and different sections in each tab. I can type, write by hand, highlight, add images and PDFs, and search though hundreds of pages of text and handwriting to find the information I need. It is cross-platform, and automatically syncs between phones, tables, computers, and a universally accessible web interface. I can very quickly share single pages or entire notebooks with others, even if they don’t use OneNote themselves.” Chris Johnson, Primary/Secondary (K12) teacher, USA, 2016

“the most versatile tool out there. Organize, Collaborate, Share, Draw, Record. In the classroom it can’t be beat. Teachers and students can work together on assignments.” Michele Brown, Trainer/Instructor, USA, 2016

“I use this as a CPD log – I store all of my notes from learning activities and reflections from conferences etc here – it is powerfully searchable and the design makes it very easy to dip back into.” Simon Gosney, L&D Manager, UK, 2016

“so easy to use, interacts with all Microsoft products, awesome search functionality, supports collaboration and organization” Ann Gall, Instructional Designer, USA, 2016

“I had been an Evernote advocate, but the Window 10 version of OneNote has won me over. ” L&D Advisor, USA, 2016

“An extremely versatile tool for keeping notes and records of everything: Works particularly well when placed on Microsoft OneDrive = Access via my computers, Surface, iPad, iPhone — whatever” Ulrik Gerdes, University/College teacher, Denmark, 2016

“still the best note-taking application on the Windows platform. Unbeatable in combination with SharePoint or OneDrive, and a tablet pc with a digitizer pen (like the Surface). It is fully cross platform with a nice and stable client for OS X! ” Jan Van De Belle, Consultant, Belgium, 2016

“Class Notebook Creator creates online notebooks for your classroom and students. Best way to go to a paperless classroom.” Michele Brown, 2015

“it’s handy at work with colleagues” Natalie Raeber, 2015

“the best note-taking application on the Windows platform. Unbeatable in combination with SharePoint or OneDrive, and a tablet pc with a digitizer pen (like the Surface). It is now fully cross platform with a nice and stable client for OS X!” Jan Van Belle, 2015

“I began using OneNote early last year for note taking for work and school. Utilizing cloud storage and the cross-platform applications, I’m able to access my notes on my computer, phone, or iPad anywhere and anytime.” Rob Wiltbank, 2014

“A notes management system, by far the most useful in its category”  Brij Bhushan Huria 2013
“Superior notetaking, research and eportfolios”  Jason de Nys 2013

“super tool to keep organized and you can sync your notes too! Reminds me of a virtual bulletin board and notebook combined” Christina Carboni 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“This must be the forgotten jewel in the suite of Microsoft Office programs. I don’t understand why it isn’t far more popular. It is fantastic as a rough and ready repository for all kinds of nuggets and jottings.”  Patrick Mayfield

“A great tool that helps me keep my notes organized. Because it’s on a tablet PC, it’s easy to add drawings and diagrams to notes.”  Pattie Mascaro

“Simply an amazing program that I have only been using since January and wish that I had been using for the last 5 years.  I am reducing my paper use tremendously.”  Harold Shaw”This is easily the most important application I use. It is so simple, yet so versatile — I have completely eliminated the need for post-it notes, scraps of paper, short text files, word docs, etc., to keep track of ideas, projects, goals, research, websites to investigate, and much more. It complements one’s email/calendaring application beautifully. OneNote must be one of the most poorly marketed applications ever, as few people besides students and Tablet PC users are very familiar with it — even though it is great for all computer users, and even can be used collaboratively through shared notebooks on a network share. By now I know many people who use it, and I have yet to meet someone who tried using it for a few weeks who didn’t get addicted and then swear by it going forward”  Thomas Stone