How to use Notion

Have you learned how to use Notion? Today's episode and resources will share information on this valuable resource for notetaking and organization.

Today's guest, Chris Chappotin, shares how he uses Notion to organize himself. He talks about how to get started and why people use it. This is a quick seven-minute overview podcast and I've also included many resources to get started with Notion.

How I Use Notion in the Classroom

Recently, my students wrote a website on Web 3.0 using Notion. Notion is the closest replacement for Wikispaces (which is now defunct) that I have found. Notion is free for educators. (However, I'd like to note that if you create a group space as I did with my students, you're limited on the number of blocks you use to 1,000, which goes surprisingly fast.) I hope you'll experiment and learn about Notion.

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Episode 792 - The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast

How to Use Notion

Chris Chappotin, Principal at STEAM Middle School in Burleson, TX

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How to Get Started with Notion

1. Sign up for an educator account.

First, when you sign up, make sure you use your school address and sign up for an educator account if you're a teacher or student.

2. Review a tutorial to learn Notion basics.

My favorite “getting started” tutorial is Thomas Frank's Notion introductory videos.

Note that Notion can be used in the way you see fit. If you want to replace a system like Evernote, then start with how to turn Notion into a notetaking system.

Now as a blogger, honestly, Diigo still has some of my favorite features for turning bookmarks into blog posts and Google Docs, however, many content creators are using Notion for tracking.

If you want to get your students started, try this reasource by Elli Abdal, Productivity Tips for Students.

Other YouTube channels with excellent Notion resources:

3. Link other services to Notion.

I'll admit that one of the best things I learned in today's show is Chris' offhand mention of Readwise. As an avid reader and user of the Kindle to read my ebooks, the ability to review my notes via email (and potentially move those notes into Notion) is a great advantage. 

4. Find Templates

Notion has an extensive gallery include this one for educators. Thomas Frank also shares his Best Free Notion Templates.

My Tips on Notion

I did have a season where I put all of my planning into Notion and it is a very flexible tool. However, I've moved back to what has always worked for my task management — my own paper forms (now designed in Canva.) That said, Notion, I like to use for clippings, databases, and anything I have to track.

I also loved using it with my students for writing and collaborating and wish they would give team spaces free to schools. If it is a small class, the 1,000 block limit can be used. 

How do you use Notion? Leave your thoughts in the comment or tweet me on Twitter @coolcatteacher.

Chris Chappotin - Bio as Submitted

Chris_Chappotin_No_BG-removebg-previewChris Chappotin has been serving as Assistant Superintendent for Boyd ISD in Boyd, TX since January 2020. Chris grew up in Farmington, IA, Irving & Keller, TX, and completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Abilene Christian University. After a 14-year career in student & worship ministry, public speaking, and starting churches, in 2011, Chris began working for Burleson ISD in Burleson, TX as a 4th and 5th Grade Math and Reading Special Education Teacher at J.W. Norwood Elementary School. Chris earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and was promoted into administration in Burleson ISD where he served as Academic Associate Principal at Centennial High School and Academic Associate Principal and Principal at STEAM Middle School. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Leadership at Texas Tech University with an expected graduation date of May 2024. Chris is passionate about leading empowerment organizations, designing innovative instructional systems, and accomplishing both in the context of meaningful, team-oriented relationships. He has been featured on the Teach Better, Aspire Lead, Teachers On Fire, and Many Voices of Grit podcasts. Furthermore, he was the parody writer and voice of Burleson ISD's school year launch videos from 2016 to 2019. Chris and his wife, Heidi, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on July 25, 2022. They have 5 children: Torie (21), Ryan (15), Hudson (12), Ava Grace (10), and Sam (7), and live in Boyd, TX with their 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 snakes, and 1 goat.


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Wade Addison October 12, 2022 - 7:27 pm

Great blog post! Thank you for the info. The introductory videos for Notion by Frank Thomas were very helpful. It’s great to be able to find templates on notion and that it has links to other services.

Vicki Davis November 3, 2022 - 7:27 pm

Notion is a very cool app and has some cool uses, for sure.

Angela S October 13, 2022 - 10:43 am

Thanks for sharing. I will check out Notion as a way for my students to take notes while in class on their Chromebooks. I haven’t quite found the best way for them to stay engaged and take notes while on them. I will give this a closer look now that I know about it.

Vicki Davis November 3, 2022 - 7:27 pm

Notion is good but One Note is also. I think it is important to have a system, for sure!


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