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We know this very well that education plays a very crucial role in the development of an individual. Over the years, we have seen a number of value-oriented changes in the education world and now like any other field, education has also been overtaken by technology.
I am sure that most of the people would know about Office 365, a productivity application from Microsoft. Almost all the businesses are using this suit for a smooth operation of their working and now education industry has also joined the club.
Understand Microsoft Office 365 more with this video.
Office 365 has proved itself as the most efficient, reliable and efficient tool for education. This is the reason, why teachers and educationists across the globe prefer Office 365 over others for imparting teaching, learning, and administration in a more efficient and streamlined way.
Here in this article, we have explained you top 10 ways which will help you in understanding how to use Office 365 for education.
1. Setting Up Of A Team Site
Team site comes under SharePoint services of Office 365. With team site, you can make a team of the students, coordinators, staff personals and other important people, who will work as a center point for important work such as organizing discussions, posting apps and documents, important announcements and conducting surveys.
You can also create team site separately for each class, students or just a class as per the requirements.
2. Create Public Website
A Public website is a public platform or forum which you can use for discussions and also for sharing important resources like students schedules and guides. This SharePoint’s feature allows you to integrate social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to make it more engaging. You can also customize your public site by adding images, themes and layout.
3. Community Sites
SharePoint also allows you to create a community site that helps you organize polls and surveys. This is the best feature of Office 365 to be used for schools as they can add outsiders such as parents and experts to take part in discussions and can come up with valuable feedbacks.
4. Start Blogging
Do you know that Office 365 has a blogging platform by SharePoint? Blogs are a fantastic platform for dissemination of important information in a more engaging way. Students and teachers can start their blogs to share their ideas and experiences. It also helps in maintaining a good habit of wiring and reading among the students right from the beginning.
Office 365 has a robust emailing application called Outlook, which you can use for sending mails with just a click. With this app, you can send bulk mails with its automatically synchronizing feature. By setting distribution lists and your email account, you can use emails for sending important announcements like exam schedules, annual function, etc.
6. Schedule Your Events
You can integrate Outlook Calendar along with rest of the apps from Office 365 which helps you to set and schedule your meetings and events. You can also easily inform everyone about it. With the help of schedule assistant, you can not only schedule events but also check what other people shared in their calendars and avoid probable clashes.
7. Video Conferencing For Inviting Guests
Video conferencing has completely transformed the way of productivity. Microsoft Office 365 offers you Skype video conferencing through which you can invite experts for guest lectures. You can also conduct webinars, which is gaining so much popularity amongst the young buds.
8. Q A And Polls Session
Polls and Q&A are the best way to get an honest feedback. With Skype and Instant Messenger, you can easily get the opinions from the students and on the basis of it and then re-plan your strategies regarding teaching methods. This is an outstanding feature providing compelling engagement amongst students.
9. Continuous Updates Through Newsfeed
There is Newsfeed feature in SharePoint which is used to provide constant updates to all your contacts and resources. With SharePoint, you will also get a Link App to manage a list of links to all useful websites. Therefore all the relevant updates will automatically update to your sites.
Now, you can not only update but also provide the latest information to your students on different subjects.
10. Document Libraries
Office 365 helps you make document library which helps you to arrange your presentations, documents, worksheets and OneNote workbooks in an organized way. You can easily add on this feature by choosing document library option from the available apps. Remember, group administrations could only add this feature.
These are some perfect ways to utilize Office 365 for education purpose. I am pretty sure that after going through this post, you will get to realize how important is Office 365 for the students as well as for school management to keep all the things in an organized way.