Reminder for Students: Find Out if You Can Receive a Free Office 365 Subscription

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With the start of a new semester, we want to issue a reminder to all students! Make sure to find out if you qualify for a free subscription to Office 365.

Find out if your school has joined Office 365 Education. Office 365 Education is a collection of free services for teachers and students that allows you to collaborate and share schoolwork. The service includes online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, plus a OneNote Class Notebook and 1TB of storage in OneDrive.

Visit the Office 365 Education and type in your school email address to find out if your school is participating.

Teacher Dashboard for Office 365

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Teacher Dashboard for Office 365 is a helpful tool that allows teachers to easily organize their content and student information within Office 365.

How can Teacher Dashboard save time and effort?

  • Manage all students’ OneDrives in a single consolidated view.
  • Instantly copy files to individuals, groups, classes or the whole school.
  • Create homework and assignments. Provide feedback and assessment.
  • Manage custom groups of students and teachers for instant communication/sharing.
  • Keep classes synchronized with your school’s Student Information/Management System (SIS/SMS) or Active Directory (AD).

Visit the Teacher Dashboard site to learn more.

21st Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference

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Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2016
April 4-6, 2016

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL

It is almost that exciting time of year again: the Cengage Learning Computing Conference (CLCC) registration! If you are interested in an engaging learning environment exposing you to the latest and greatest Microsoft has to offer, along with a host of many additional computing topics, then set a registration reminder in your calendar for Friday, November 20, 2015. If you have any questions about the CLCC, please contact your Learning Consultant.

OneNote Class Notebook

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Earlier this summer, we told you about Microsoft Office 365’s Class Dashboard. Are you using the Class Dashboard or OneNote Class Notebooks?

OneNote Class Notebooks have some exciting features. Every student has his or her own personal workspace. Students have the option to use these workspaces as their own private notebooks to work on assignments. Instructors can then to go in to review and provide feedback on these assignments. Instructors also have access to their content library to add information and assignments that are then shared with the entire class. There is also collaboration space for lessons and creative activities where instructors and students can work together.

Learn more about what Microsoft is doing to improve classroom collaboration and catch up on the latest OneNote Class Notebook updates.

Microsoft Testing Office 365 Features for Educators

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Microsoft is creating new features to make its Office 365 service work better in schools and recently announced private beta testing for Microsoft Class Dashboard and Microsoft School Information Sync.

Class Dashboard is a website that compiles content from various Office applications into one central location for teachers and students to use to stay on top of what’s going on in their classes. It will pull in notes, assignments, calendars and class materials to provide a digital home for all of the information that students need to know. Each class with a Class Dashboard site will also have a OneNote Class Notebook. Teachers will be able to track progress on assignments and provide students with feedback and grades through the site.

School Information Sync will join student information systems with Office 365 applications. Through the new service, administrators and teachers will pull information, like a student’s name and class enrollments, into Office 365 apps.

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Microsoft Student Advantage Program

Microsoft will provide a free copy of Office 365 to students whose schools have licensed it for their faculty and staff. Starting December 1, any academic institution that licenses Office 365 for staff and faculty can provide Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Students and educators can visit the Office 365: Office in Education website to learn more about the product and eligibility.

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