Welcome back to the start of another school year! To kick things off this year I’d like to share some exciting changes that have taken place in Office 365 (O365).
In Grand Erie, all staff have had access to Office 365 (where we get our Outlook email) for the past couple years. Starting in September 2015, ALL STUDENTS also have access to Office 365.
If you haven’t logged in to O365 in the past 4 or 5 months, you will see many changes and lots of great new tools.
O365 now includes:
- 5 FREE Downloads of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Skype For Business, etc)
- Outlook email (mail, calendar, people, tasks)
- OneDrive cloud storage – allows for 1TB of online storage to make your files accessible from any device, anywhere; allows for sharing and co-authoring
- Yammer – Grand Erie social networking
- Video – similar to an internal Grand Erie YouTube network
- Sway – one of the coolest and simplest Presentation Tools around – students and teachers are going to LOVE Sway!
- Check out this “What is Sway?” Video
- Office Online – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote – available online on any device
- OneNote Class Notebooks – online multi-user digital class binder
- See my OneNote Class Notebooks blog post
- Also OneNote Staff Notebooks – used by administrators/supervisors and their staff
- Skype For Business (formerly Lync) – instant message, audio/video call, desktop sharing
- O365 Groups – shared conversations, calendar, file storage, OneNote Notebook
- Office Mix – https://mix.office.com/ – add-on for PowerPoint that allows simple video presentation creation
To login to Office 365, go to http://login.microsoftonline.com and sign in with your email address and password.
Note: Student email addresses are “username“@granderie.ca where “username” is the student’s GEDSB computer login. The password is the same as the student’s GEDSB computer login password.
There are many great new tools in the O365 suite of tools. The Grand Erie Ed Tech Team will be sharing more on O365 throughout the year. If you’d like to get started now, I highly recommend visiting 365ninja.com and registering your email address to access the Ultimate Guide to Office 365 and to receive daily Tips & Tricks (usually in 2 minute videos).
To help get started TODAY, check out the 365 Ninja’s recent post, 5 Things to Learn in Office 365 for Back to School – includes downloading Office 2013, create to-do list in OneNote, master the art of PowerPoint, collaborate in Word, backup files in OneDrive.