Take Your Files (&email!) With You Using OneDrive Graduation

This post shares another answer to commonly asked questions from schools I engage with: How do students take their files with them when they graduate? Here is the answer in a Tweet from the inimitable Mike Tholfsen: NEW! a OneDrive site dedicated to help students take their files 📦with them when they graduate 🎉 Lots…

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Best Practice For Schools When Creating Microsoft Teams For Education

Almost a year ago I posted some thoughts on SharePoint Design and Office365 layout and I mentioned then that it was one of the most common questions I was asked in my engagements with schools. Now, I’m more likely to be asked: “how should I set up my Microsoft Teams? Should it be one big Team…


Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT admins about how they can simplify the management of their devices, making it faster and easier for their end users (usually students, teachers and admin staff) to get started and complete the work they need to do on a device. Unlike many…

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Flipped Learning Hacks With Microsoft Teams & Meet Now

Recently, I’ve had a number of conversations with educators and school leaders who have expressed renewed interest in Flipped Learning. Whilst many have experimented with this in the past, for a variety of reasons they’ve pulled back on it from being a regular component of their teaching. Now, however, it seems more are willing to…

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Education Ideas To Support Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018 is fast approaching on May 17th and will the be the seventh year this day is celebrated. The focus is on an audience encouraging the design of technology (both software and hardware) that will be more accessible to every end user, including those with disabilities. To support this day, Microsoft…

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Office365 Groups Going Private By Default

For some readers, this will be an obscure ‘technical post’ on something that they never have to worry about in the course of their work. For those who read this and have Office365 administrative responsibilities then they may well exclaim “at last!” and rejoice over their morning coffee! The ability to set Office365 groups created…


OneNote On Windows 10 – The One App For The Future

In December last year I wrote a blog entitled “The Future of OneNote in Education” where Mike Tholfsen walked through a lot of the features around accessibility being built into the OneNote Windows 10 app. This week, a new blog post has been written signposting the future of OneNote on Windows 10 more generally and…

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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…


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…