Microsoft in the Classroom

Collaborative teaching spaces

Collaborating with Lync

What:

Lync lets students share their desktops to collaborate on projects.

You can also easily video conference with classrooms around the country; respond to student questions with instant messaging and set up times during school breaks for a virtual revision class.

Video: Manage student meeting permissions with Lync

Why:

  • You can use Lync Recording Manager to easily record and save your presentation and conversation with staff or students to use at a later date.
  • It can be difficult to keep students on task during Lync meetings. How do you really know if your hard work in setting up and running the meeting is really having the desired impact on their achievement?
  • Using the Quick Poll feature you can check that your students are fully engaged with all your various shared resources.
  • Try running a series of questions in Quick Poll after you've worked through each shared video, PowerPoint or other content. This will check student learning and understanding and keep them focused during the Lync session.

How:

  • Find out more about using Lync in education.

Resources:

Using Lync in Education

Using Lync for Teaching and Learning

Going paperless with OneNote

What:

If all of your students have tablets, netbooks or laptops, you can use OneNote to set up student workbooks and fill them with rich resources for paperless classwork. If teachers have a tablet with a stylus, they can write feedback in the student notebooks, just like on paper; but with many more options.

Video: Teach a lesson with text, images and audio using OneNote

Why:

  • OneNote is a very useful tool for organising almost any set of resources - from text and images to documents and videos. If you have a class where all of the students have tablet devices, netbooks or laptops, you could consider going paperless with that class.
  • Students can set up workbooks using the OneNote Web App, which they can access using OneDrive or a SharePoint class site.
  • Teachers can share resources within OneNote and students can complete work using the keyboard or digital stylus as well as input video and audio recordings. You can also print directly to a OneNote book - from any program or app - e.g. PowerPoint, Photoshop or Fresh Paint.
  • Using a stylus, students can complete writing frameworks or annotate Word documents or PDFs provided by the teacher.

How:

  • Find out more about using OneNote in the classroom.

Resources:

OneNote for Teachers

OneNote - Helping students to stay organised this year

OneNote Blog posts on Australian Teacher's Blog >

Collaborating in the classroom with the OneNote Class Notebook Creator

Collect data

What:

Excel Online in OneDrive or SharePoint allows multiple users to contribute data in real time. When students are doing an experiment they can enter results straight into Excel and see them automatically added to the class graph. This provides a dynamic visual representation of multiple datasets to analyse.

Video: Quick and easy grade book management with Excel

Why:

  • You can spend class time on interpreting data, rather than filling in tables and drawing graphs themselves (if this is not the focus of the lesson!).
  • You can easily switch between different types of graphs and discuss which are the most appropriate.

How:

  • Find out more about using Excel Online in education.

Resources:

Creating Surveys with Excel Online

Using Excel Online

Using Excel Surveys Online>

Create collaborative presentations

What:

In Office 365 your PowerPoint presentations can be accessed via the browser by multiple users. The whole class can work on the same file at the same time - students could be working on different slides and you can see at a glance who is doing what.

PowerPoint Online

Why:

  • Teachers can create a template, allowing different groups to work on different slides - one student might be in the library adding some text to the slide, while another could be in class editing images. Teachers and students can also give quick feedback to each other by adding comments to slides.
  • Office Online keeps the integrity and formatting of your presentation, so you will see the same whether you are viewing or editing on a PC, a tablet or using the browser.

How:

  • Find out more about using PowerPoint Online in education.

Resources:

PowerPoint Online

Using PowerPoint Online

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