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Jan242018

Office 365 Education Delivers Inclusive and Collaborative Learning

The next wave of updates to Office 365 Education enable students to write a paper using voice, with Dictation is now included in Office, as well as improved access to assignments and class collaboration with Microsoft Teams iPhone and Android apps.

What’s more, this update also brings in perhaps the most requested feature, the “page locking in OneNote Class Notebook” that allow teachers to provide students with read-only access.

Furthermore, teachers wil be able to save time through assignment and grade integrations with Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Student Information Systems (SIS), including Capita SIMS in the U.K, says Microsoft.

According to Microsoft Learning Tools is now strong at over 7 million monthly active users across Word, OneNote, Outlook, Edge, and Office Lens. Here are the updates released to Learning Tools today, including:

Dictation in Office witl help students of all abilities to write freely by using voices. It will be available in Word, Word Online, PowerPoint, Outlook Desktop, OneNote Windows 10, and OneNote Online in more than nine languages, starting this February.

The GIF image above shows Dication.

Read Aloud let hear the contents of an email while each word is highlighted in sync. It’ll soon be available on Outlook Desktop in 30+ text-to-speech languages.

Immersive Reader now supports additional 10 new languages is coming to even more platforms in 2018 and will soon be available on Word for Mac, iPhone, and Android, as well as Outlook Desktop and OneNote for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

New features in Microsoft Teams released today will make setting up, collaborating, and managing a classroom easier than ever before, now offer:

Assignments support let students access upcoming assignments, receive new assignment notifications, and turn in their work by just using the Teams app on iOS and Android. While, teachers can create new assignments, as well as review and make edits to existing assignments all while on the go.

Here is an image of Assignments support in iOS and Android:

Assignments support in iOS and Android

Also, the now improved search function ensure both students and teachers quickly find and navigate to individual assignments on their mobile devices.

On Demand Translation allows teachers and students converse comfortably in their chosen language and removes all language barriers.

Assignment Analytics let teachers track assignment engagement in real time—at a glance—to see who’s viewed and turned in their work.

Join Codes saves teachers valuable time by allowing them to simply invite students to a class. This capability will also prove helpful for staff and PLC teams, ensuring an effortless start to collaborating with co-workers.

Reusing a Team as a Template when creating a new team and can customize what they want to copy over—from channels, tabs, team setting, apps, and even users.

Decimal Grading allow teachers provide grading feedback in their preferred way using Decimal Grading.

Microsoft also pushed new features to OneNote for teachers, such as:

Capita SIMS—Updates to Class Notebook include assignment and grade integration with more than 35 of the most widely used LMS and SIS, including Capita SIMS in the U.K. These integrations are coming to OneNote for Windows 10, OneNote Online, and OneNote iPad, and will reduce administrative burden and save teachers time.

Page Locking for Class Notebooks let teachers can now lock pages as read-only after giving feedback to the student.

Interactive math calculators in OneNote enable a set of popular applications for STEM teachers.

New stickers added today include: Feathered Friends, Science, Circus Animals, and Arrows.

New Stickers Pack in OneNote Class Notebook

In addition, Teams is now integrated with PowerPoint and Microsoft Stream making it easier for teachers and students to create and share interactive content in just a few steps. “A teacher can use PowerPoint to build immersive class content that includes ink, animations, and audio/video narrations, publish it to their Stream channel as a video, and have it surface in their Teams class to distribute to their students,” writes Microsoft.

Furthermore, Stream will also add automatic captioning to the videos to make them accessible to all learners.

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