Modern Class Room Collaboration with Office 365 For Education:
Around eight months back, Microsoft announced new investments in the field of education which includes a preview of Office in the Microsoft’s store for education and some exciting innovations in Office 365 for Education. Microsoft’s main mission was to empower every organization and person on this earth to achieve more. Microsoft strongly believes that education plays a pivotal role in helping students unlock their potential and be the pioneers in creating a world for tomorrow.
Office 365 empowers teams, individuals and entire organizations to collaborate and communicate. With more than 100 million users that are active, Office 365 for Education is equipped with education related innovations like Learning tools and OneNote Class Notebook. Office 365 is the most intelligent, complete and secure service for learning and teaching. More importantly, Office 365 for Education is free for teachers and students and offers the deepest and broadest toolkit for personalized learning, content creation and modern classroom collaboration.
Last year March, Microsoft has introduced a chat based workspace named Microsoft Teams as a new additional feature to Office 365. And in May, they have introduced a new class room experience that eventually makes Office 365 for Education, the digital hub for students and teachers. Teachers can avail new sophisticated features in Teams which makes them manage their daily workflow very easily than ever. Teams comes with a host of features like –
- delivering personalized learning
- distribute, collect and grade assignments and quizzes
- divide a class into groups and monitor their progress
- share teaching materials and files
- quickly and easily create classes with the students that are automatically populated from school information systems.
Since Teams is a digital hub, Students can work together on any device from anywhere and anytime. School administrators can collaborate and communicate with their staff. Teachers can continue their development in Professional Learning Communities and connect with their peers. Anyone who have been using Teams extensively cannot stop themselves from praising it. Apart from simplifying the routine tasks, Teams help students develop the collaboration and communication skills they’ll need to be successful in their careers. Though Excel, Power Point and Word Online allow students to co-author documents in real time, Teams takes the classroom collaboration to a whole new level with its persistent and rich conversation experience. The running class discussion in Teams allow students and teachers to contribute, learn and read at their own pace, either at home or at class. The moderation controls in Teams allow the teacher to easily pause the conversation, mute a student or delete a message. Teams conversations play a key role for students to work together as it includes Planner for group projects, OneNote notebooks, excel, word and power point documents.
Microsoft Teams get more better after integration with its four partners –
- Kahoot – For learning games
- Flipgrid – Add video discussions
- Canvas – Access all the information and tools
- Busuu – helps learn a language with quizbot
With the host of all exciting new features, it is no wonder that Microsoft Teams has enhanced the Modern Class Room Collaboration with Office 365 for Education.
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