Who better to speak to using Office 365 than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training herself?
Guest Blog Post by Teresa Potter, eLearning Contributor
Microsoft Office has been a staple in classrooms and offices for over a decade. As the web has become increasingly collaborative, many online word-processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications joined Office. Microsoft began introducing web-based office tools in 2008, and since then they have been constantly revising and improving the applications. Today, we have the benefit of these years of progresses in the Office 365 collection of tools.
Office 365 is made up of several products. First, Office 365 Mail offers an easy-to-use and powerful web mail platform. Whether you are creating a mailing list of the parents of your students or scheduling meetings with your colleagues, Office 365 Mail can do it all. The Office 365 Calendar and Tasks applications help you stay on top of your schedule. The Calendar also allows you to share your schedule with others so you can plan for clubs, committees, and other activities. The Office 365 web version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote also allow you to quickly create and edit documents on any machine with access to the Internet in the widely recognized Office file formats.
In addition to adapting their Office suite, Office 365 also helps you connect with those in your organization through social applications. Streaming video, image-based sharing, and many other tools allow you to stay connected, share your work, and meaningfully engage with your Office 365 community.
Teresa Potter is an English teacher turned educational technologist. She spent several years in the high school and middle school English classrooms before earning a Master’s in Educational technology. She now works in instructional design and educational technology focusing on helping K-12 schools and higher education institutions do more with technology. She is currently working on a project to create self-paced higher education programs to help learners work towards their degree whenever it fits their schedule. She has also been coaching high school debate for 8 years and has had several district champions and national qualifiers.