Microsoft Virtual Edu Event: 22nd August 2019

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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.

London (GMT+1)/PST

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Microsoft School Data Sync End of Year Process

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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

Archive Teams

Once a class Team has been archived it will be moved to a drop down in your Microsoft Teams client which is called Archived.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.

Slidedeck: Office 365 Edu as your file storage

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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.

 

Awarded Office Apps and Services MVP 2019-2020

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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!!!

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Azure for Students

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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!

2018 Office 365 Education Survey

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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.

http://bit.ly/edusurvey2018

 

Latest updates from Office 365 Education – September 2017

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All the latest news from Microsoft Education and the Ignite Conference

What a week it has been for the education team and Office 365 with way to many announcements for us to get into in this post.

The Microsoft Education team announced Microsoft 365 Education along with some licensing changes from the 1st October, some of these are in your Office 365 platform already.  The Office 365 Education license now becomes the Office 365 A1 license and you will soon be able to change your license agreement to match Microsoft’s vision of Cloud-First, Mobile-First.

This week also saw Microsoft host the Ignite conference with a large number of announcements, changes and improvements to all their products including Office 365, Azure, SQL and the future release of the Office 2019 productivity stack.

Below I have put some links we feel should help you to understand the changes so you too can be ready to support your end users.

 

Microsoft 365 Education is the new licensing model for your next renewal.  Learn more about it from the Microsoft website….click here
 

Skype for Business will soon become Microsoft Teams.  Microsoft announced their road map to merge the two products into one with external access and telephony…click here

 

In the next few weeks we will start to see a new Office 365 App Launcher, also known as the “waffle”.  You will now you will see applications you use more often with an All Apps button for the rest. Read more about the changes on the Office Blog…click here
 

We’ve counted 18 announcements for OneDrive just in this link!  Take a read to know how you can get more out of the cloud storage feature…click here
 

New SharePoint Hub sites to pull news from all your SharePoint sites that you have in SharePoint Online including your Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups…click here

Awarded MVP – 10 Years #mvpbuzz

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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.

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Collection of all Microsoft User Voices

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#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.

Office

Windows and Management

Azure

Education

Visual Studio and Development

Others

Consumer