Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) Online Classroom Automation Solution Hits GA

School Data Sync is now generally available, streamlining operations for Office 365 Education admins and teachers worldwide.

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Pictorial overview of School Data Sync (SDS)

Pictorial overview of School Data Sync (SDS).

School Data Sync, Microsoft's automation solution for online classroom, is out of preview now available in almost every country where Office 365 Education is available today, "helps schools create online classrooms from their student information systems."

Maintaining online classrooms can be costly and time-consuming, since class rosters typically change throughout the year. But SDS helps schools automatically create online classrooms in Office 365 by importing their Student Information System (SIS or MIS) rosters and automatically keeps them up to date, saving time for IT administrators and teachers.

"SDS supports virtually every SIS on the market, and hundreds of customers in 20-plus countries have already used the tool to sync more than 100,000 teachers and 2 million students," writes Office team.

School Data Sync imports rosters from SIS into Office 365

School Data Sync imports rosters from SIS into Office 365.

It also integrates SIS and app partners, for Office 365 Education customers to benefit with partner applications Microsoft Classroom Preview, OneNote Class Notebooks and Office 365 Groups and Sites.

Now, school districts in the U.S. and EU can rest assured, with "SDS and Microsoft Classroom Preview now store data in their respective regions."

Customers and SIS vendors that generate files in the OneRoster format can easily import them into SDS—as "SDS now also supports IMS Global OneRoster 1.0 standard for roster data in CSV format."

Office 365 Education students can now use Microsoft Classroom Preview and email to communicate with each other.

Although most of our customers give students email access, some customers prefer not to give email accounts to students (especially young students).

Also, for customers that don't want give students email accounts, "using a new deployment process admins can restrict email access to students' so they can only email their teachers and peer students."

With this new process, "customers can get the best of both worlds: students get the power of Microsoft Classroom Preview, mail and calendaring—but remain protected from outside influences," writes Office team.

For a limited time, Microsoft is offering free one-on-one help to school IT administrators in deploying School Data Sync, sign up for free deployment support.

To learn how to integrate with SDA, App, LMS and SIS partners can fill out SDS Partner Opportunity request form. Download the SDS sample data and scripts here, and intall the SDS toolkit.

Watch the video below to see SDS demo for a brief overview and demo of SDS:

And, also see this video about SDS and Microsoft Classroom Preview at the Omaha School District:

Update: Microsoft Flow received a number of new features with major addition being Search by Service. Also, starting this week, users will be able to see all the triggers from a service by simply selecting the service. Once a trigger is selected, the same process can be done to add an action, as can be seen in the screenshots below.

Another new feature "Switch Case" is added to already available nested conditionals support, "will make it very easy to have parallel branches of conditional logic based on a single value".

Furthermore, Flow can now connect to Local or Network File Systems, that will enable users to log or copy files from their own local Windows desktop PC to the cloud, as well as to connect to a team Network Share.

Also, four new Premium services added now let users pay to use Stripe, IBM Informix and IBM DB2, and UserVoice with Flow.

Finally, Microsoft Flow also improves the e-mail handling with Office 365 Outlook and Outlook.com:

  • Trigger when an email is flagged - for example, you can now automatically create a task in Todoist (or Wunderlist) whenever you flag an email in Outlook
  • Flag an email as an action - create filters to flag emails - for example, automatically flag emails that come from your manager
  • Move an email to another folder - you can also automatically move emails between folders
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