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How to cut the chaos when using the collaboration space in Class Notebook

The collaboration space in Class Notebook allows students and teachers to work together on a learning resource in real-time. This is a great opportunity for students to get more involved in working as a group as they can add text, digital ink (drawing) and insert images and videos.

Although letting your class loose on a shared workspace may seem chaotic initially, if you plan ahead and use the tips below, you’ll be able to get everyone engaged in the learning.

Here are a few ways you can streamline your collaboration time:



Assign different areas to different groups of students.

Assign different areas for different students to prevent them from working on the same thing simultaneously and overwriting each other’s work. This can result in a page conflict, which leads to you needing to choose the version you wish to add to the collaboration resource.

Create a separate page for each group.

Work in groups and create a separate page for each group to contribute to. This reduces the number of people working on one resource but allows you to oversee all your students’ work.

Lock and distribute the collaboration space.

Once the collaboration is over, lock it. This prevents students from adding or changing the resource any further. Here’s how to lock a collaboration space:

  1. Go to Manage Notebook.
  2. Select Lock Collaboration Space.

After locking the collaboration space, you can then distribute the resource into your students’ Class Notebooks for later revision or even assign it for further editing as homework.

  1. Select Class Notebook.
  2. Select Distribute Page and then Class Notes.
  3. Hit Distribute. 

When you’ve distributed the collaboration space to Class Notebook, you can now clear the area for next time.

Read our step-by-step guide on sharing and locking collaboration spaces in Class Teams.

How to create collaboration channels in Class Teams

A collaboration channel in Class Teams is a great way for students to communicate and collaborate on projects in a safe and controlled way.



Teachers can create a workspace for group work and add resources so students can work on projects together. The collaboration channel allows you to oversee your students’ progress.

How to add a collaboration channel to Class Teams.

  1. Start in the class that you wish to create the collaboration channel for.
  2. Select the three dots (…) and select Add a channel.

Add a collaboration channel in Class Teams

3. Add a title and description.

4. From here, you can also set the privacy settings of this channel and tick a box to enable/disable everyone seeing the channel in their channel list.

When your collaboration channel has been made, you can add any resources that you want your students to access.

You can also create different folders, which is handy if you want to split your class into groups.

Important: students can access each other’s folders, even if they’re not in that group. A way to prevent this is by creating private group channels.

How to create a private collaboration channel to Class Teams.

  1. Start in the class that you wish to create the collaboration channel for.
  2. Select the three dots (…) and select Add a channel.
  3. Add a title and description.
  4. In Privacy, select Specific teammates have access.

Add a private collaboration channel to Teams

5. Hit Create.

6. You can add students and teachers who you wish to access that channel from here.

Important: If the teacher leaves the private group channel, the channel remains active with students having full access to the channel, and it’s impossible to remove by another member of staff – essentially, you’d be leaving your virtual classroom without teacher supervision.

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