Microsoft Innovative Educator Training Highlights

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My school district is dominated by G Suite and has been a while since I looked at O365. Here are a couple of highlights I took away from the training.

  1. The core Office Apps (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc…) are approaching the level of real-time collaboration that you experience in G Suite. You can do much more than you used too.
  2. Accessibility is part of O365’s DNA. The variety of Learning Tools in Word and OneNote have the potential to unlock text for struggling readers, students with reading disabilities, and english language learners.
  3. Forms is now available for teachers to easily create surveys, quizzes, and opportunities for feedback
  4. Sway is a powerful new web presentation tool. You can quickly import and convert Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents into Sway to create fully responsive web objects. You can use embedded Forms to a create opportunities for feedback and assessment.
  5. Most impressive was the Microsoft Educator Community. This hub has courses, content, badges, and most importantly Skype based virtual field trips and Mystery Skypes!

If you haven’t looked in a while it is definitely worth taking another look at newest O365 tools.

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