At the New York City event, Microsoft has announced a set of new strategic investments in education, including exciting new innovations in Office 365 for Education and a preview of Office in the Microsoft Store for Education.
Office 365 for Education, which is free for students and teachers, and has over 100 million active users, adds education-specific innovations like OneNote Class Notebook and Learning Tools, as well as it offers deepest toolkit for content creation, personalized learning and modern classroom collaboration.
Today, the new classroom experiences is made available in Microsoft Teams, making it the digital hub for teachers and students.
This new classroom experiences in Teams will let students work together anytime, anywhere, and on any device. While, teachers can connect with their peers and continue development in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), school administrators will be able to communicate and collaborate with entire staff.
Even more exciting, the new classroom experiences will also help prepare students for the future. Other capabilities include:
- Using Teams, quickly and efficiently create classes with automatically populated student rosters from their school information system;
- share files and teaching materials;
- make announcements;
- divide class into project groups and monitor progress;
- create, distribute and grade quizzes;
- deliver personalized learning with OneNote Class Notebooks;
- and distribute, collect and grade assignments.
Teams, also today gets four new integrations from education tech leaders available this summer—now, from directly within Teams,
- teachers can help students learn a language with the busuu quizbot;
- access all their information and tools in Canvas;
- add video discussions with Flipgrid;
- and easily create and share Kahoot! learning games.
These new innovations are in limited preview today and will be broadly available this summer.
Also, introduced was the new Windows 10 S, a new Windows experience streamlined for security, simplicity and superior performance in the classroom—alongside, a preview of Office in Microsoft Store for Education.
"Windows 10 S will open a new world of possibilities in education. Combined with the power of Teams, OneNote and the full-featured Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps delivered from the Store, this new Windows experience will offer an affordable and easy-to-manage learning platform—inspired by teachers and students and streamlined for performance and simplicity," writes Microsoft.
Starting in June, teachers and students can acces the full-featured Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps on Windows 10 S devices from the Microsoft Store for Education.
Microsoft notes, these apps delivered from the Store, will use new Store-based install and update technology, and will only be available in 32-bit format. And while web add-ins are fully supported, 'Office COM add-ins aren't supported on Windows 10 S."
To install the preview on devices, Schools can use the 'Set Up School PCs' app or Microsoft Intune for Education. Additionally, consumers can also activate preview through the Windows Store on a Windows 10 S device with an Office 365 subscription.
Microsoft says, later this year, Office in the Microsoft Store for Education will be generally available, and the apps will automatically be updated by the Store at that time. Additionally, OneNote is already available in the Store today, and the Teams app will be available in the Q3 in the Store.