Microsoft Updates Office 365 Education
Microsoft has added new features to its Office 365 Education portfolio of
products for students
In April, the
company released Microsoft
Classroom, which provides course management
operations for teachers. For school IT staff, an updated Windows
Imaging and Configuration Designer tool would
set up shared devices in bulk for classroom scenarios where students
devices. Finally, an updated release of Windows 10 offered Windows Ink,
a technology that
enables the user to write on his or her device as if it were paper.
Now, Microsoft has introduced two new features in
time for the new school
First, a version of Microsoft Classroom and a new
software product called
School Data Sync will help IT administrators connect existing school
Office 365, enabling a single sign-on for teachers and students while
automating Microsoft Classroom set-up.
Microsoft representatives described School Data Sync as
"the easiest way to
provision online classrooms in Office 365 Education." It will also
teachers to create and manage online classes and then connect that data
third-party apps or other databases that the schools might rely on.
An advancement on Windows Ink is OneNote Ink that
now — in addition to
letting students shade, sketch, draft, save and share ideas —
equations. The belief is that students will now be able to show their
processes while working on math problems and teachers can better
gaps in understanding.
IT administrators can get started with Microsoft Classroom and School Data
Sync while teachers learn about the new OneNote
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.