With millions of Office 365 users in education, it’s no surprise that innovative developers are working tirelessly to create powerful new apps to make it even more powerful. Yesterday, we announced exciting updates to Office 365 Education that demonstrate our dedication to this platform for schools, teachers, and students.
The long list of partners who have integrated with Office 365 Education and OneNote Class Notebook includes Canvas, Edmodo, RedCritter, Moodle, and Matific, to name just a few. That list is growing every day, and teachers are reaping the benefits.
A classroom game-changer
Using applications that work with Office 365, and with each other, helps teachers save time, stay organized and – most important — deliver great lessons. Here are just a few ways integrated Office 365 Education apps are changing the game:
- Single Sign On saves precious classroom time, allowing students and teachers to access all their applications and resources by logging on only once.
- With Roster Integration, apps can deliver more individualized experiences to students by getting student roster information — such as what grade they are in, who their teacher is, what other classes they are taking and who else is in their class — from Office 365 and Azure Active Directory.
- Assignment Integration delivers assignments through OneNote Class Notebook, making collaborating, feedback, and grading easier — and accessible from nearly any device.
Office 365 and Edmodo partner to solve a big challenge
One real-world example of how Office 365 apps are helping to change the world of education is Chula Vista Elementary School District, the largest K-6 district in California, with more than 28,000 students and 1,500 teachers in 46 elementary schools.
The district was looking to create a secure platform in which students and teachers could connect, collaborate, and share resources. Their solution? Providing access to Microsoft Office 365 on the Edmodo platform to all of their students, teachers and staff.
Edmodo teamed with Microsoft to build a solution that enabled students to log into Edmodo directly through their Office 365 accounts with a single password. With Single Sign On (SSO), students and teachers can now access their Office documents for collaboration, content sharing, and assignments within the Edmodo platform. Teachers and students can open, create, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files and access additional tools, including Sway, OneNote and Office Mix, by simply clicking the Office icon in their apps launcher.
Not only does the Edmodo network connect teachers and students, but administrators and parents can also tap in to the electronic learning community. Parents can view upcoming assignments, read important class announcements, and track their students’ academic progress. Administrators can use Edmodo analytics to gauge student achievement against standards, and encourage innovative teachers to share their ideas with peers in other district classrooms.
Whatever ways you’re using Microsoft Office 365 Education in your classroom, a growing number of integrated apps will make it that much more powerful. From saving time and getting even more organized, to empowering your students to collaborate, communicate and create, he possibilities are limitless.