Get Trained & Certified In Microsoft Teams

I have completed a number of courses via edX, an online training platform originally founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012. The model of learning is easy, flexible and self-paced and best of all, the courses are generally all free. That said, if you wish to certify your knowledge and training you can pay for…

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Free Training On Microsoft Teams

Last November I linked to the free OneNote Online training that was being co-ordinated by Jared DeCamp and I had very positive feedback about these sessions from the educators that tuned in for them. I see Jared’s now organising a new event that will run from April 3rd to 7th 2018 focusing on how to get the best…

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Retention Policies In Office365

I’ve been having a few conversations recently with both partners and school leaders about what to do with accounts after staff leave. I’ve learnt that some immediately delete them (often resulting in lost data that is subsequently deemed useful), while others have a series of manual processes or scripts to suspend the user and then…

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Use PowerShell To Manage Microsoft Teams

        The above image may not mean much to many users, but to those responsible for ICT administration it will be very welcome – a way to use PowerShell to easily automate the deployment and management of Microsoft Teams. The addition of 23 cmdlets in PowerShell to manage Teams was announced at the…

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Measuring And Driving Usage Of Teams For Education

If you value it, you measure it. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. The above two quotes are pretty common in modern business practices and yet ironically for institutions that are used to assessing students on a regular basis,  I don’t always see schools regularly measuring the impact of their eLearning initiatives…

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Using e-Discovery In Microsoft Teams

With many schools trialing Microsoft Teams in anticipation of the new school year in 2018, I’m having quite a few questions asked around security and also visibility of “teacher-to-teacher” chats, but also “teacher-to-student” and “student-to-student” chats. The great news is that Microsoft Teams is fully compliant with Microsoft’s e-Discovery tools to deliver enterprise level compliance…

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Using AzureAD Groups To Quickly Populate Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the new digital classroom platform from Microsoft and I’ve already reviewed the key features recently here, but if you’re unfamiliar with it here is the official overview video: I have recently been asked by a few secondary schools and tertiary institutes what is the quickest way to populate students into a Team. You…

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Microsoft Education Cloud Solution: End To End Guide For Deployment

2017 has been the year that has seen the various pieces of Microsoft’s Education offerings come together in a more cohesive, end-to-end offering that can now be deployed very easily by schools or their ICT partners. Naturally, this is centered around Office365 and the power of the Azure cloud identity with Azure Active Directory, combined…

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