This year I’ll be at BETT 2020 both on the Microsoft stand and roaming the halls. On Wednesday I’ll be on the Microsoft stand from 11-4 helping to take any technical queries you may have and then around the halls on Thursday and Friday morning if anyone wants to catch up. Come say hi and more than happy to help where I can. Can’t find me? send me a tweet @alex_pearce
Not everyone gets access to the Admin Portal in Microsoft 365 as they are part of a managed service or not been given the elevanted rights to be able to view settings or access any data.
A new pop up has appeared in the Message Centre in EDU tenants around Class Insights for Microsoft Teams. I hope you find this valuable but it is a direct copy and paste of the message. It can also be seen in short in the roadmap here.
In July, we introduced Class Insights in Teams powered by Education Analytics for Office 365 for Education Tenants. We are pleased to announce that phase two will begin in January 2020.
- Tenants who do not yet have this feature will be on-boarded in December 2019, as announced in MC186217.
- The second phase of this project, which includes the educator facing experience, will begin rolling out in January 2020.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 58277.How does this affect me?
Class Insights, powered by Education Analytics, is an analytics experience for educators who are using Teams as a digital classroom experience.
In the first phase, we have begun collecting and processing data from Teams and the Assignment service.
The second phase, which includes the educator facing experience, will be available starting in January 2020. The experience will be delivered within a tab that will be available in all Class teams. The Insights tab presents educators with insights about assignments and conversations that occur within Class teams.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
You do not need to do anything to prepare for this change.
Education Analytics is on by default but you can opt-out at any time by turning off the Teacher Analytics toggle in the in the School Data Sync settings page. Please note that this feature does not have any dependencies on School Data Sync.
Class Insights meets the privacy and security requirements set forth in the Online Service Terms.
There’s a great virtual event on the horizon for us that work in the education sector.
Microsoft are putting on a set of free webinar all about Microsoft Teams and other technologies around these which will help you to get more out of the Microsoft cloud platform (all the free options).
If you can’t make it, if you register anyway you will get sent a link of all the records, so register no matter what but you can also choose from any of the sessions below. I’ve put the time they are running in the UK but also the local time for Microsoft Redmond.
You can also just sign up for single events should you want to.
- 16:00PM/8:00 AM – Manage campus and student workers with Shifts in Teams
- 16:30PM/8:30 AM – Learning Management Systems and Microsoft Teams – a better together story
- 17:00PM/9:00 AM – Microsoft Teams Flowified
- 17:30PM/9:30 AM – Integrating your existing SharePoint Online sites directly in Teams
- 18:00PM/10:00 AM – Skype for Business to Teams, a transition story
- 18:30PM/10:30 AM – Introduction to Bots in Teams
It was a pleasure to speak at the Microsoft Showcase School event at Downe House School.
Having worked with the school on their migration from file shares to using SharePoint Online in Office 365 Education we were both keen to pass this information onto schools and how it was done, the opportunities of using just SharePoint Online or Microsoft Teams.
With a great navigation implemented, teachers and students can easily access their files in the browser and is allowing the school with their digital transformation.
This one did come as a surprise but was delighted to see that I was awarded Office Apps and Services Microsoft MVP 2019-2020. What a massive honour and thank you to all those who help me to achieve this.
Like many others have said already, there are so many people in this great community that also deserve this award and it really does put it into prospective when you see what others are doing and for me to get this recognition.
12 years baby!!!
Microsoft Azure for Students is back! This is a great opportunity for students to be able to play with the cloud resources Microsoft offer and for them to build and host their ideas for free. What I will say now, these do not require a credit card so it’s perfect for students to just play with Azure. There are 2 main offerings:
First there is an offer for 13+ year olds called the Microsoft Azure for Students Starter which allow you to build and code against dozens of app services.
The second is just called Azure for Students which is aimed for the university aged students (18+) and will give you $100 of credit which can be used for coursework and personal projects.
Previously these have been capped at the number of students who could sign up and I don’t know if this is the same again but get your students signed up now and allow them to start expressing the developer side!
You can never complain when you get the email to say you have been awarded with Microsoft MVP but even after the 1st or 11th as it is now you still feel very lucky to get this high honour and I will never complain with the privileged that it is to be associated in such a way with a company like Microsoft.
As Microsofts culture is changing, the ability to work with their engineering teams and other offices in the UK allows a great opportunity for anyone to learn more and interactive with those who are developing product.
Thanks to all those who turned up to the first of many webinars I am planning with the next one later in March around Microsoft 365 Education. If you missed this session and would like to listen to it. You can now do so on YouTube.
Any questions please get in touch on twitter @alex_pearce
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be speaking at BETT in one of the side sessions put on by the team at GDPR in Schools.
I was recently catching up with the team there and discussing what we have done at BFC Networks and with Provisio365 around data protection, handling personal information from school MISs and how we are going to manage existing customers where we have full access to their Office 365 Education environment.
It is important for both suppliers and customers to know what kind of data you have access to, how it is handled and what else might they have access to.
Other speakers includes Head of Data Strategy from the Department of Education, The Common Framework and also the team behind the GDPR in Schools Data.
If you are supplier and interested to see how other businesses have done it and how we have done it for both our customers, Office 365 Education and also our products to help customers to be more complaint, please come and join the session on Friday morning at BETT.
I’ve been chatting with a few friends and customer recently about Office 365 Education and it is interesting to hear what different people have to say about the product, where they are and where to go to next with the cloud. As a result of this I’ve put together a survey which I’m hoping you will fill out about how you are using Office 365 Education and where you are going next.
We aren’t asking for any personal data, just about the type of establishment you are, where in the world you are and then a bunch of questions about how you use and planning to use Microsoft cloud products.
The survey is open until the end of January with the results available during the first week of Feburary 2018.
All results of the survey will be shared online (I’ll create a fancy PowerBi report) and I’ll give a bit of a state of the nation review of it.
There are 25 multiple choice questions using Microsoft Forms and should only take a minute or two to complete it.
So in the interest of sharing – please do complete the survey and look forward to sharing the results with you at the end of the month and thanks for taking part.