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.
Its that time of year again where we are looking at the end of year processes for IT which includes archiving user data, moving those users, upgrading system and taking a little break from staff knocking at the door for help <– never an issue but it is nice to have a break ;-).
Microsoft School Data Sync users your classes for that academic year so we have an end of year process we need to complete for us to be ready to add the following years classes to the system.
When you set up your current profile you would have been asked for an end of year date. At the end of this date, this changes your profile into a new state ready for the archive process. I often pick a date towards the end of August, after results day in the UK so any Teams are still available as they were throughout the year for the teachers wanting to check anything for GCSE or A Level students.
The day after the date you have set the profile changes into a locked state, and you are presented with the ability to archive the profile with three different options as part of this archive process. These are:
- Mark Classes Expired
- Archive Teams
- Remove Students from Classes
Mark Classes Expired
This will change the alias and email address of the Office 366 Group (that underpins Teams) to include expmmyy allowing anyone using this information with third parts to easily filter the classes
Once a class Team has been archived it will be moved to a drop down in your Microsoft Teams client which is called Archived. This will help you to separate between your previous year classes and current academic year.
Remove Students from Classes
This is the most important decision to make for your staff, do you want students to be able to see their work from previous years? Is it important for them to go back to previous years to help with revision? It might be worth checking with your lead educator around ICT across the school to see what the preference is.
Good luck with the changes, if you have any questions please let me know via Twitter @alex_pearce or add me on LinkedIn (Alex Pearce) and happy to help where I can.
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!
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’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.
It’s the normal blog post for the 1st July, but this year, what makes it extra special is that it is the 10th award I have recieved. Thanks to everyone who supports me in giving to the community and I hope we can work together to achieve more in the next 12 months.
#UPDATED 8th June 2017
Microsoft have been using User Voice to gage your input and development ideas for their products over the last few years but there are lot of them out there than you realise *trust me there are a lot more than I had realised and I’m sure I’ve missed a lot too.
Having heard and spoken to different product teams they sit down as a team every week or other week and look at the new requests, the votes and comments added and decide if it is something that should be added or prioritied for the product. Not all product teams do the same but I hope this list helps for you to add the right feedback you want for the developments you want in Microsoft services. If you know of any that I missed please tweet me and I will update the list.
- Microsoft Teams
- Office 365 UserVoice
- Office Dev
- Skype for Business
- Office 365 Video
- Patterns & Pactices Cloud Guidance
- Delve – However more posts made in Office 365
- My Analytics
Windows and Management
- Windows Platform Development
- Windows Phone Facebook
- Windows Server
- Remote Desktop
- System Centre and Configuration Manager
- Office Forms
Visual Studio and Development
- Visual Studio
- Microsoft Cognaitive Services
- Bing Listens UserVoice
- Microsoft Health & Band
- Microsoft Intune
- Microsoft ToDo
- Bing Ads
- Microsoft Translator