I’ve come across implementations of SharePoint in schools where it has been rolled out as another vanilla IT service – a bit like a shared network drive, or a plain portal. And the IT team are so overloaded with projects that they haven’t had the time to personalise the look and feel to make it suitable for each class, subject or interest group. Of course, they’re not all like that – as my 10 of the best SharePoint school websites and 10 of the best Australian education websites built on SharePoint lists show.
So wouldn’t it be good if we could solve the design problem, so that you can roll out a unique and compelling design for your Office 365 website, and give control to every teacher and specialist so that they can customise their design so that the History page is exactly what the History teachers want, and the Art page reflects what the Art Department want? And that design worked on your laptops, tablets and even your students’ phones?
That’s exactly the problem we solved last week, when nSynergy launched Mosaic with us at the EduTech conference in Brisbane.
Mosaic is a free, Office 365 SharePoint template built specifically for schools, to help you create and customise collaborative and engaging, interactive online learning spaces which support and accelerate learning outcomes. Mosaic lets you create your classroom in the cloud.
Built in partnership with Australian company nSynergy, and in consultation with educators from around the country, Mosaic helps schools harness the power of Office 365 Education by providing a modern user experience with intuitive and personalised interactions that inspire discovery. It creates beautiful learning spaces with simple drag and drop tools for teachers, to connect the classroom to any student, anywhere and on any device, at any time. Mosaic extends the power of Office 365 to accelerate learning outcomes.
Free to download from the Office Store from the end of June, Mosaic is powered by the LiveTiles design tool, and is available on any device, helping schools use Office 365 more effectively for collaboration and communication. Through Mosaic we’re enabling schools to respond and adapt to changes in the education sector, ensuring that both students and teachers have the best and simplest tools at their disposal to improve their learning experience. It brings the ease of use and flexibility to design your own virtual classroom, and hands the power back to the teacher to focus on teaching and not trying to manage the tools to teach.
It makes anytime, anywhere learning a reality by allowing learners and educators to work and collaborate both in and away from the classroom.
To find out more about Mosaic, head to the website where you can view a short video demonstration and register your interest to be contacted upon launch day.
I was lucky enough to be at EduTech and see a demo there. It looks very good. I would like to ask though, is Mosaic only available for Office365 or can it be used with an on premise SharePoint environment too?