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    Office 365 Education Top User Tips #10 – Blogging in SharePoint Online

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    Originally posted by James B Marshall on the UK Education Cloud Blog.

    It’s time for our final post in the top user tips series, and today it’s all about blogging in SharePoint Online. You might also want to check out top tip #2 about social networking, and top tip #7 about following content in SharePoint Online as well.

    As a teacher or a student, blogging can help document achievements, showcase exemplar work and also share knowledge and best practice. The beauty of doing this via SharePoint Online is that it can be made private, is searchable across the institution and accessed with your Office 365 ID. Blogging in SharePoint Online also takes advantage of the new social networking features of the new Office 365 Education, meaning you can like, follow, mention and tag people and content with ease.

    Here’s an example of a simple blog (click to enlarge!):

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    Setting up a blog site in SharePoint Online couldn’t be easier. Here’s a video that explains, in about a minute, how to do it.

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    Office 365 Education Top User Tips #4 – Drag ‘n’ Drop in SkyDrive Pro

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    Originally posted by James B Marshall on the UK Education Cloud Blog.

    So far in our top user tips posts we’ve looked at scheduling online meetings with Lync Web Scheduler, social networking in SharePoint Online, and offline access with the Outlook Web App. Today we’ll focus on the awesome new feature of SharePoint Online called SkyDrive Pro.

    SkyDrive Pro offers users 7GB of storage online for them to create, edit and share content easily via the browser. It replaces the “My Site” storage from pre-upgrade Office 365 Education which only gave users 500MB of storage; and to make it even more fantastic: it’s free as part of the A2 plan.

    In the words of our very own SharePoint team:

    SkyDrive Pro makes it easy it to work with your documents in SharePoint - save, sync, share and collaborate are all drop-dead simple. The name conveys the simplicity and increased consistency with our SkyDrive consumer cloud service while reinforcing the “Pro” features of SharePoint like social networking, collaboration, search, metadata, workflow and compliance. Click “Sync” on a SharePoint library and you will get the documents offline in the Windows Explorer, Office applications and more. SkyDrive Pro is part of both the SharePoint service in Office 365 and server.

    There are lots of ways to get files into SkyDrive Pro – you could save directly from Office 2013, sync with a folder on your PC, or for when you’re not on your home PC or need to upload a non-Office file, such as  a picture, you can use drag and drop to quickly and easily upload files.

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    Lenovo tablets in education at UCISA 2013 (video)

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    Here’s Nimesh from Lenovo taking you through their latest showcase tablets in education at UCISA 2013. Go and check them out (stand 36) if you’re at the event this week.

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    MyDay Windows 8 app from Collabco at UCISA 13

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    Check out Max Holden from Collabco at UCISA, telling us about the fantastic Windows 8 app for education – MyDay.

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    Office 365 Education Student Portal at UWL

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    Great video from the team at University of West London talking about their 2012 UCISA-Eduserv Award for Excellence winning Office 365 Education project. The University set out to harness the powerful collaboration capabilities within Office 365 Education to create a personalised, interactive and social platform to support the institution’s mission to raise aspiration through the pursuit of excellence. They were also passionate, as part of the project, to allow students to combine social learning with academic study.

    The following video gives a comprehensive overview of the project, combined with feedback from the students, themselves.

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    Bring a ‘MOS Test Fest’ to your school this Spring!

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    What is a ‘MOS Test Fest?’

    A MOS Test Fest is a day (or days) where your schools runs Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams at one hour intervals to create fun and excitement around taking the exams and gaining the universally recognised qualifications.

    How do they work?

    In advance of the date, students will use the official MS Office eLearning, free digital Microsoft Academic Courseware for Office and Test Bank of questions through IT Academy and Practice Exams to swat up for the exam.  Then, on the day of the Test Fest, you can open up your school’s Computer Lab and run the exams.

     All students who pass their MOS exams will automatically be entered into the MOS World Championships, whereupon the two students with the highest score in Word 2010 and Excel 2010 in the quickest amount of time will get an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC at the end of July to represent the UK in the MOS World Championships.

    What do we get from entering students for MOS exams?

    If your school completes more than 250 MOS exams by the end of the year, you will receive a Centre of Excellence Plaque. Schools who complete the most MOS exams each month from March to June 2013 will also receive a prize!

    When does the competition run?

    You have until June 30th 2013 to enter students into the MOS World Championships and for your school to complete 250 exams.

     

    So, what are you waiting for?! If you want to get your school started with the MOS exams, simply email moswc@prodigylearning.com

    Twitter: #MOSUKComp

    Website: www.prodigylearning.com

     

     

     

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    Application Integration in an IL2 cloud with Windows Azure London event

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    Microsoft Windows Azure has achieved CESG IL2 government security accreditation, which enables agencies and authorities to benefit from the same zero capital cost cloud economics and rapid time to deliver for technology enabled services that commercial organisations are currently enjoying.

    Join an invited group of technology leaders to learn how cloud computing is being applied to business solutions implemented on Microsoft’s Windows Azure IL2 accredited cloud platform.

    Technologists from Microsoft and Solidsoft will share their real world experiences and future vision on the following topics;

    • Extending your business applications from earth to the cloud: demonstrates the capability of the cloud to deliver cost effective extensions to existing business applications.
    • Building bridges between software islands in the sky: considers methods to ensure individual cloud applications can be integrated and connected back to the enterprise.
    • Real World Windows Azure: architectural patterns, "gotchas" and our experiences working with the platform to deliver significant projects.


    Microsoft provides the Windows Azure cloud platform. Solidsoft is a leading development partner accredited to ISO27001 having delivered Azure scale solutions to HM Government and the 2012 Olympics.


    Event Details:

    Monday 15th April 2013, 09:00 to 12:30  followed by buffet lunch

    Venue: Private Screening Room, The Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW

     

    Who is attending ?
    Technologists, including; CTOs, IT Architects, IT Technical Managers

    Event Sponsors
    Microsoft and Solidsoft

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    Windows 8 in education: Student Demo - Hailey

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    Following on from yesterday’s student demo video featuring Mike and Mustafa, in this video Hailey talks about how she personalises her Windows 8 Start Screen and also how she takes notes in class and uses her mobile phone to access important documents.

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    Office 365 Education Top User Tips #2–SharePoint Online Social Networking

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    Originally posted by James B Marshall on the UK Education Cloud Blog.

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    In part 1 of our bite-size top user tips we looked at Offline Access. Today, in part 2, we look at SharePoint Online’s social networking features; in particular the ability to tag words and mention people.

    In SharePoint Online as part of Office 365 Education, the Newsfeed page in the My Site continues to provide an aggregated view of activities from content and people the user is following. However, the feed is improved with new microblogging functionality that enables students and teachers to do the following:

    • Take part in conversations by posting comments and replies.

    • Post pictures and links.

    • Use tags (starting with the # symbol) to define keywords that fellow teachers and classmates can follow and search for.

    • Use mentions (starting with the @ symbol) to tag users in posts and replies.

    • Indicate agreement with comments and replies by clicking Like.

    • Follow people, documents, sites, and tags to customize their feed.

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    Office 365 Education Top User Tips #5 – Multiple Calendar Views in Office Web App

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    Originally posted by James B Marshall on the UK Education Cloud Blog.

    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s top user tip about SkyDrive Pro we’re back with our fifth installment all about multiple calendar views in OWA (Outlook Web App).

    This isn’t a feature that’s new to Office 365 Education, but it’s a question I get asked about all the time so it makes for a perfect top tip!

    By default in the new Office 365 Education you are presented with your own personal calendar in which you can manage your own time and control view such as day/week/month, jump forwards and backwards in time, colour-code events by category, etc. Calendars can also by synchronised with mobile devices using Exchange ActiveSync so that your calendar is available wherever you go and is always kept up to date.

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    What happens if you need to manage more than one calendar? Maybe you want to have a calendar for school, and a calendar for personal events. Often, there is the need to see other people’s calendars; either to check availability or to manage their time on their behalf. Something people overlook is that you can do this right from within the Outlook Web App!

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    By right-clicking on the “Other Calendars” section in OWA and selecting “open calendar” you can choose to add in other calendars to your view.

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    A new feature of Office 365 Education is the overlaying of calendars rather than a side-by-side view. Above, we can see that there are two calendars visible: one is coloured green and we can only see free/busy information, and our own personal calendar is visible in the same space.

    Office 365 Education is FREE to academic institutions and you can sign up in minutes. Why not get started with a pilot in your institution today?

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