Looking for powerful tools to enable critical skills like group to group creativity, collaboration, and sharing? Microsoft Office 365 provides educators with a powerful suite of tools that can be used to empower students to create, connect, collaborate and share their processing of academic content. If you are familiar with GoogleApps for Education tools, then you already have foundation skills to take advantage of Office 365 tools.I invite you to explore how MS Office 365 tools--OneNote and Sway--can boost teaching and learning in your classroom. Here are 3 tips for using Office365 tools in--and out--of the classroom.
Tip #1 - Create Shared Resources.
"I wish I could create resources and quickly get them to my students," Ms. Aguilar said. "Do you know how I can do that?" OneNote, which recently announced Evernote Notebook import capabilities, features Notebooks that can be easily shared with students. OneNote Notebook makes it easy to create class notebooks. Some of the main benefits include the following:
There are 3 components: a) Collaboration space; b) Content Library for sharing course materials; c) Student Notebooks that allow students to place work--handouts, class notes, homework and quizzes are 4 standard categories--there, with interactions happening between student and teacher only. OneNote Notebooks can also be shared with teachers, as well as students, making it possible for teachers to collaborate on lesson plans (video tutorial). You can also record audio notes for students (as they can record an explanation of their notes, handwritten diagrams) and save them to the note.
You can also take advantage of the OneNote Clipper to save content to a notebook that is shared with students. And, of course, students in a group can easily share web-based resources using the OneNote Clipper to a common notebook. Another approach would include using IFTTT.com to share links connected to a hashtag (#msaguilarclass) or tweeted by a particular account. IFTTT.com will take information organized by hashtag or tweeted by a certain account directly into OneNote Notebook.
Tip #2 - Collaborate with student learners.
Wondering how to increase engagement among students in class? Consider using the guided notes technique with OneNote. The approach is described in this way:
The guided notes approach enables students to fill in the blanks. OneNote makes it easier verify students completion of notes electronically rather than reviewing paper notebooks. Students also end up storing their work digitally so that they can review their content. Of course, sharing resources is also possible with staff using OneNote or Office365 groups. You can also save MS Office documents in OneDrive, a cloud storage space, so that others can access resources.
Consider this example of cross-country collaboration--featuring Serbia and Mexico--to create a multimedia, multi-lingual product using Microsoft Sway:
While there are many exciting ways to use Office 365 tools to transform teaching and learning in your classroom, keep it simple and focused on creating and sharing. OneNote Notebooks and Sway make that possible!