Office 365 provides a wealth of benefits to any school, college and university that wishes to enhance student learning experience. Guilsborough Academy has recently made the exciting switch from SharePoint on-premises to Office 365 SharePoint Online. Today, we’re looking at some of the incredible opportunities SharePoint Online has created for both staff and pupils at the school.
Last month Microsoft Education UK announced its partnership with London Grid For Learning on the Cloud Champions programme, a new game changing programme for innovative education institutions in London focused on leadership and pushing the boundaries of technology and learning. As part of this we are offering free drop-in sessions at our Microsoft Training Academy in Paddington. These weekly open-house events are led by our specialist Microsoft Trainers, and provide educators with the opportunity to see first-hand how Microsoft technologies can enhance teaching and learning. Expect to gain practical hands-on experience using key elements of Office 365 and Windows 10 on the latest devices suitable for education.
Microsoft Education UK is thrilled to host our first ever E² Regional Conference – a dynamic new event for education technology leaders in the UK. Spread over three days, this FREE event will be packed full of great content and activities led by educators and education technology experts. Each day is a specially tailored for specific roles within education, with activities and sessions specifically addressing the needs and aspirations of IT Leads and Multi Academy Trust IT Leaders, School Leaders, and Microsoft Innovative Educators.
To help educators get to grips with new devices and get most out them in an educational setting, we have a number of on-demand webinars delivered by trained teachers, Student Ambassadors and Microsoft product experts, aimed at familiarising them with some of the latest accessibility features of Windows 10, as well as closer looks at some of the specific devices from a range OEMs and the Microsoft Surface family of devices.
Skills in Microsoft Office are ranked in the top 5 most sought after attributes that employers look for in candidates. As we prepare today’s students for working in the world of tomorrow, it is vital that they become fluent and experienced tools that are used in the modern workplace. The following webinars all focus on certain aspects of Office 365 in Education, from understanding licensing and technical deployment, engaging teaching staff, exploring features such as Learning Tools, getting the most out of applications including OneNote, and much more.
“For me, one of the most underrated technologies within education is cloud technology. I have witnessed universities transform the way they work once they begin to make use of the cloud and all its capabilities. Many see Office 365 as just an emailing system and many schools use it just as that, when in fact it offers so much more. With Office 365 you get cloud storage, Office online, calendars and a number of applications….”
During my time in the classroom, I was so excited to get started using technology with my Primary 3 pupils. However, things in education aren’t always as easy as it seems. I didn’t work in a school where the children had 1:1 devices at all times, not all of my teachers were confident in technology and sometimes I just didn’t know where to start. So how did I manage to create a Blended Learning Environment in my classroom with minimal tech?
We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom. In our conversations, we learned that parents and guardians are also curious to learn more about OneNote to help engage with their students’ learning progress. To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook.
As educators continue to help young learners develop the necessary digital skills for the modern working world, more and more of the tools and practices that the students would eventually expect to utilise when they enter the workplace are featuring in the classroom. We’ve compiled a list of top tips for Office that will help your students, teachers and administrative staff save time, get the most out of the applications, and work more efficiently and productively together. These include simpler ways to share, co-authoring, the Tell Me feature, and more effective ways to use Skype and OneNote while you work.
Microsoft are hosting a webinar series designed to inform you about Office 365 in Education. The series is running every month until June, with a new guest speaker each time. All are encouraged to sign up to participate in our new series and learn a thing or two about getting the most from Office 365 in the classroom! The next live session is Tuesday 4th April at 4:30pm – continue for registration details…