32 Engaging Ways to use Microsoft in your classroom

Looking for new ways to do new things in your classroom in 2015? Want to use some new tools to engage students, parents and peers in teaching and learning? Here’s 32 ideas just for you.


We have categorised these 32 strategies into the 8 key focus areas of:

  • Teacher productivity
  • Lesson presentation, creation and storage
  • Engaging classes
  • Student feedback
  • Parent engagement
  • Collaborative teaching spaces
  • Apps for learning
  • Inking and thinking

 Below we’ve listed our 32 ideas with links to support resources and guides to get you started.

Teacher Productivity


  • Schedule timetable resources and rooms with Office 365 and Exchange
  • Keep teachers informed and connected with a staff SharePoint site.


Lesson Presentation, creation and storage



Engaging Classes



Student Feedback


  • Provide written and audio/video feedback and collaborate in real time in a shared OneNote notebook
  • Provide useful feedback on lessons with the iXplain app
  • Create a class survey using the Excel survey function from Office 365 OneDrive or SharePoint
  • Work with students to improve literacy using Word documents


Parent Engagement


  • Create a class blog to share with parents using Office 365
  • Present projects to parents using Sway.


Collaborative Teaching spaces


  • Communicate via video, whiteboards, instant messaging and polls for revisions and distance learning using Lync
  • Go paperless with OneNote
  • Easily Collect and graph data with Excel Online
  • Create collaborative presentations using PowerPoint Online.


Apps for Learning


  • Help students understand geometry and manipulate graphs using multiple apps and applications such as GeoGebra and OneNote side by side
  • Help students develop handwriting skills using a pen with School writing
  • Encourage your students to visualise language with Kids Story Builder
  • Spark student creativity with Fresh Paint
  • Create collaborative ebooks with CreateBook
  • Introduce students to programming with Kodu
  • Improve language skills by quickly translating students work using Bing translator
  • Explore cities with Bing Maps Preview
  • Learn coding and games creation with Project Spark.


Inking and thinking


Which strategy has inspired you? Which activity will you try in 2015? Share your plans with us below