Student Learning Tools


SD71 Subscription – Use with Chrome Extension or with Edge via OneDrive.

OrbitNote is an approved browser extension installed on computers across the district. This extension can be installed on home and BYOD technology. Staff and students may be prompted to sign in to OrbitNote when they first attempt to open a PDF using the tool. Login with your district Microsoft Account.

pin orbitnote in chrome**Can’t find the extension? Make sure to “pin” the extensions so they are always visible.  Click on “puzzle piece”.  Click on “push pin” to turn it blue.

orbitnote keyboard access icons

orbitnote slide to access video

orbitnote instructional sheet access image


  • Read text aloud
  • Look up words in the Dictionary and Picture Dictionary
  • Translate words
  • Highlight text
  • Build vocabulary lists
  • Typewriter Tool to annotate files or fill in the blanks
  • Word Prediction
  • Dictation
  • Freehand drawing tool
  • Shapes Drawing tool


  • Use the Google Chrome or Edge Browser
  • Google Chrome Extension  OrbitNote Extension
  • Edge Extension OrbitNote Extension
  • Installed on all SD71 computers
  • All staff and students have access to OrbitNote and Office 365
  • Can be added to home or BYOD computers
  • PDF File needs to be uploaded to OneDrive or opened in the Browser
  • PDFs need to be an Accessible PDFs
  • Available in multiple languages including French


Comox Valley OrbitNote Overview 

Scanning Feature in OrbitNote

OrbitNote Overview

OrbitNote Webinar recording by Matt and Jane

OrbitNote Overview French

Using OrbitNote and D2L Brightspace

Using OrbitNote with OneDrive

Saving Annotations in OrbitNote

Signing in for the first time

When selecting the OrbitNote Icon or extensionfor the first time .

Choose Sign in with Microsoft in SD71 Comox Valley.

buttons that say sign in with Google Chrome or Sign in with Microsoft

Sign in with your Office 365 account (school district email and password)

When prompted, Accept permissions.

Permissions listed with the button to accept

Using OrbitNote and Read&Write for Chrome at home or on BYOD devices with SD71 account:

If you would like to install OrbitNote extension for Google Chrome at home or on BYOD computers:

1. Make sure you have Google Chrome Browser loaded. ​

2. Go to the Chrome web store and install the OrbitNote Extension and Read&Write Extension 

3. Once the above steps are complete and these 2 extensions are installed you will need to use OneDrive to access PDF documents. You can also use Read&Write by clicking on the Read&Write rw purple puzzle piece in the Chrome extensions area. Select and Signing in with Microsoft and Log in with your SD71 email.  

4. Please also consider installing the Screenshot Reader