EdTech enthusiasts: If you want to learn all about new updates and features from Microsoft Education, you’ve arrived in the right spot and just in time to see our latest video.
We’re talking about Microsoft Teams, OneNote and Forms this month on What’s New in EDU, and hearing from educators who got to experience ISTE17. Plus: We’re highlighting a new device that staff and students will love.
Our group is so excited about Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education, which is available now with education experiences built in. In this episode you’ll hear from a few special guests and MIE Experts on how they’re using Microsoft Teams today, along with their top ten highlights from ISTE17.
Microsoft Teams now saves time and simplifies everyday logistics within Office 365 with updates like:
- School Data Sync automatically populates classes with student rosters connected to the school’s information system.
- OneNote Class Notebooks are built into every class, allowing teachers to organize interactive lessons and deliver personalized learning right from Teams.
- Apps integrate into the classroom experience, so teachers can quickly access the Office 365 apps they already use – like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Planner – and customize their classroom with education apps.
- End-to-end assignment management in Teams enables teachers to move quickly and effortlessly from creation and distribution to grading and feedback.
Microsoft Forms updates:
- Excel Survey will now be powered by Microsoft Forms and be renamed “Forms for Excel.” This update comes with a modern experience to make it simple and easy to collect information into Excel in real-time, with all Microsoft Forms features.
- Teachers may notice the new grading functionality in quizzes, such as defining the correct answer to a short answer text question, and students seeing immediate feedback once they submit the quiz.
- We heard educators wanted us to enable a Forms connector inside of Microsoft Flow. Now, users can connect Forms with other apps to enable new workflow scenarios through Flow, such as setting an email notification for new responses.
- This was one our most popular requests, so we introduced a new question type: the ranking question. Users can define a rank or order question, and the responses will be aggregated and visualized for form designers to easily understand.
- We’re focused on making product experiences that are better for ALL students, so that’s why the Forms team improved accessibility to help users with vision, mobility and cognitive impairments.
Learn more about these updates in this Microsoft Forms post on the Microsoft Tech Community. Anyone with an Office 365 for Education account can go to forms.office.com today to create their first form and provide feedback on Forms.
We’ll highlight a new device in each episode of What’s New in EDU. This month we’re putting the spotlight on the Dell Latitude 3189 and its 360° display, which lets you interact how you want, using the keyboard, touch or Dell Active Pen. It also features a world-facing camera, letting you make the most of certain apps just like you can on a smartphone. As for protection, the Dell Latitude 3189 features antimicrobial Gorilla Glass – that means tough enough for your backpack.
Let’s not forget the specs, either:
- 4GB Memory/64 GB Storage
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- 11.6” HD display
- One of several devices to soon come equipped with Windows 10 S
This is just one of several new devices from our OEM partners with pricing that starts at $189, or $279 with digital ink capabilities included. Check back for another device recommendation next month, or go to Microsoft.com/education and find a device that suits your classroom best.
New OneNote features:
- Ability to solve and graph equations – you can either type or ink the equations.
- You can drag and drop the solution or the steps straight onto the page. This feature, requested by many of our teachers, can save a ton of time.
- OneNote now solves for systems of equations, whether they’re inked or typed.
Hack the Classroom LIVE on Demand now:
If you weren’t able to attend the Hack the Classroom event at ISTE this year, you can watch all the highlight videos right here.
Back to School:
It’s almost time to head Back to School! We want to support you every step of the way, so we’ve put together two upcoming online events for you to check out: a TweetMeet happening on August 15th, and “Back to School Live” on August 16th. To help us answer YOUR questions and support you in getting your classrooms set up for this back-to-school season, please get in touch through our Form below:
Wow, that’s a lot for July! We’re looking forward to getting your feedback and hope you’ll join us again next month for another episode of What’s New in EDU.