Today’s workforce and workplace is mobile. In order to prepare students to succeed, we need to encourage and enable them to become mobile learners and active participants beyond the walls of the classroom. They can and they want to learn in different places, not only in the real-world, but also in virtual environments or a combination of both. Blended learning combines the traditional face-to-face classroom with online instruction. Office 365 for education is a great way to prepare your students to succeed in all types of environments.
How are schools using Office 365 Lync?
In Lync you can connect with others through instant messaging (IM), video calls, online meetings, and phone calls. Oakswood Junior have used Lync to set up an online numeracy support group. Making use of Lync students are using the chat feature to provide support to one another on homework issues. Lync can be accessed by students at home and in school and teachers are using the status tool feature as an ‘Assessment for Learning’ strategy to monitor progress. Hence, if students set their status to red they require assistance, if they show green they know the answer and are available to help others and if they display amber they are still working on the learning activity.
Check out this two minute innovid tutorial below to see how easy it is to start teaching in the cloud with Office 365 Lync:
Your academic institution can use Office 365 for free. If you’re waiting for your institution to get Office 365, you can apply for your own 30-day trial version, which you can use to build your virtual classroom. Sign up for your free trial at this web link.
Blog posts in this series:
- Office 365 for education: Teaching in the cloud ‘How to’ tutorials for SharePoint.
Look out for future posts that will explore other key tools and features of Office 365, however more Office 365 for education innovids and resources can be found on the Partners in Learning Network – Join for free today.