Learn more about Microsoft’s hottest tools and resources to empower your students to achieve more! You will get the opportunity to explore tools such as Office Online, OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft Forms, and Sway.
Learn how to provide your students with learning experiences beyond the four walls of your classroom using Skype in the Classroom and the Microsoft Educator Community.
#1 - Virtual Classrooms with Teams
Microsoft Teams saves time and simplifies everyday logistics, leaving educators free to dedicate themselves to their students.
- School Data Sync automatically populates classes with student rosters connected to the school’s information system.
- OneNote Class Notebooks are built into every class, allowing teachers to organize interactive lessons and deliver personalized learning right from Teams.
- Apps integrate into the classroom experience, so teachers can quickly access the Office 365 apps they already use – like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Planner – and customize their classroom with education apps.
- End-to-end assignment management in Teams enables teachers to move quickly and effortlessly from creation and distribution to grading and feedback.
Getting Started Guides
Find the following Getting Started Guides online for Educators, School Leaders and/or IT Admins. You can also take advantage of this Teams Demo Site. You can also complete this free online course, Introduction to MS Teams in the MS Education Community online course.
Teams Video Tutorials and Walkthroughs
Teams Walkthrough Videos (15-20 min each)
- Intro to MS Teams
- MS Teams and OneNote Class Notebook, Part 1
- MS Teams and OneNote Class Notebook, Part 2
- Types of Teams You Can Use (e.g. PLCs)
Microsoft Education Community Videos
#2 - Activity: Scenarios to Grow On
Find the one that best reflects the attributes of your group:
- Classroom Teacher: Are you a classroom teacher? Explore this scenario to gain a better understanding of how Teams can transform teaching and learning in your classroom.
- PLC Leader: Organizing a Professional Learning Community for a campus or district? Work through this scenario to gain a deeper understanding of how PLCs work and how Teams can support your efforts.
- Campus Administrator/Leader: Are you a campus administrator? Solve this scenario by exploring how Teams works to support sharing of documents and resources.
- Special Interest Group Organizer: Working with a particular group of students or staff who have Office 365 accounts? This scenario can help you facilitate communications.
Transform Learning with OneNote
OneNote is an incredible tool to organize teaching resources! Use this digital Notebook to organize projects and class materials. Features include tabs and pages that can be shared for collaboration in real time.
Insert audio, images (copy text, too), and attach documents. A great tool for students, teachers, and administrators on iOS, Windows, and Android devices.
Quick Overview of OneDrive
Learn how to take advantage of OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage, for use in the K-12 classroom, as well as how to create online documents with Office 365. Discover some effective ways to use OneDrive to make resources accessible easily, as well as deliver content over a variety of rooms.
#3 - Creating with MS Sway
Activity: Idea Gems
- Divide into groups of two
- Obtain an idea gem
- Discuss your idea gem with each other
- Create a presentation with either Office Mix or Sway
About Idea Gems
These are a fantastic way to help your students get to know one another. In addition, they are cheap and easy to make. Drive to your local dollar store and buy some large glass stones. You can find a pack of about 30 stones for one dollar at the Dollar Tree.
Next, get some clear glue and scissors. Cut out the starters individually and paste one on the bottom of each stone so that the writing is visible through the stone.
As your students enter the class, give them a stone. Next, pair them up with another student and have them discuss the topics on their stones. They could even trade stones to keep the conversation going.
#4 - Solution Exploration
Microsoft has a variety of digital tools and communities to support your own learning, as well as that of your students.
Organize into groups
- As a team, you will explore a tool that can help you in your lessons.
- How would you "hack your classroom" using your group’s assigned tool? You will have 2 minutes to share your idea with the other groups.
Each group will need to read one of the articles shown right.
- Follow the links shown right. You will find tasks and resources for each product.
- Work as a team to complete the tasks and share insights.
- Each group has 1 minute to share the highlights of what they learned may be used in their classroom using the group’s assigned tool.
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