Small Business Connection, a collaboration between Microsoft partners offering small business owners tips for using online collaboration tools to build connected work teams.
According to team, maintain one version of truth by using SharePoint to keep important documents up to date. It will also help manage who has the ability to edit these documents.
- Schedule effectively with the Outlook Calendar by setting schedules and meeting times without the tedious task of contacting each individual.
- Hold effective online meetings by presenting and collaborating through Skype for Business where you can share files and discussions.
- Increase accessibility by knowing when a team member is online with Lync Online or using Skype for Business to only call when they are available.
- Ensure 360-degree project management and its complexity with larger projects by utilizing Microsoft Project or Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online can handle the smaller ones, writes the team.
In another post, Microsoft expalins that now, Office 365 Education provides an easy to use framework for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that help keeps everyone together, enabling educators to communicate and collaborate with their peers efficiently in one place.
“PLC Groups provides the framework that brings everything together, from reading material prior to next PLC, to working on an Action Step, to using Skype Meet Now and discussing PLC presentation they are giving next, even when educators are not in the same building but across the district from each other,” microsoft explained.
Here are three easy steps to setup a professional learning community using Office 365.
- Log into your Office 365 portal and click on the Outlook tile from the portal page or app launcher.
- Every PLC group gets its own OneNote Notebook, prepopulated with content and templates from real PLC groups so you don’t have to start from scratch!
- Planner is also a great tool in PLC groups for keeping the PLC on track with benchmarks, tasks, and targets to meet along a timeline. With Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress.
- Meeting regularly to connect as a PLC is one thing. However, the conversations, connections, and work to bring new learning into enriched classroom practice involves educators sharing from one PLC meeting to the next.
For immediate conversations, in PLC groups you can also use the Skype “meet now” functionality.
Additionally, Microsoft suggests that PLC Groups Guest Access helps involve others as well. Also, look at, guest access for Office 365 Groups for how to make PLCs an even richer experience. And, that Microsoft Educator Community also provides a wealth of resources you can bring into your school system.
Give PLC Groups in Office 365 a try.