Can you recall your daily life at school or university? All of those tiring lessons and lectures, endless lists of homework and hundreds of questions you had with no one to ask to get them answered right away…
Today, it is very different for the modern student. Students are immersed in modern technologies long before they even begin school – and this is exactly what education systems expect and anticipate. With lessons becoming digital and a heavy reliance on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint to complete school projects, Office 365 is a necessity for any school. But the days of needing just your basic Office tools is quickly coming to an end.
Office 365 is changing the way we communicate and collaborate – and is constantly enhanced with new applications; many tailored for the education space. Amongst these applications is Microsoft Teams. Teams brings schools into the new era of “unified communications,” where all of your communication tools are housed in one single platform. Teams empowers faculty, staff and administrators to collaborate and communicate more efficiently – resulting in higher productivity. Students, teachers, and staff can seamlessly work together, create content, and share resources all from a single, easy-to-learn and simple to use platform.
By offering different tools for all the different needs and challenges in education work groups, Teams is the best-streamlined hub to address collaboration needs and integrate teacher-trusted applications to:
- Communicate in the moment and keep everyone in the know
- Give your team quick access to information they need right in Office 365
- Tailor your hub to include content and capabilities you and your team need every day
- Get the enterprise-level security and compliance features you expect from Office 365
The best thing about Teams for educators and IT peers in this world: Teams comes as standard with every Office 365 for Education package, including the free version. In addition: Microsoft has made the decision to make Teams available to as many people as possible ensuring the support of public health and helping teams to stay connected while they work apart. Whether individuals or business members – Microsoft offers different opportunities to access your Teams freemium version still today. There is no end date (release date: March 5, 2020). Being part of Office 365 means Microsoft Teams comes with built-in integrations to Azure Active Directory, SharePoint, OneNote, Office 365 Groups, and more. This allows you to maximize your Office 365 investments, while providing a simple and secure user experience across tools.
For some institutions, their faculty and students may already be using core Office 365 functionality such as Exchange Online and OneDrive for their mailbox and file storage/sharing respectively. However, their usage of Office 365 may not extend beyond this point. Generally, this might be because many Office 365 services have been introduced in the past few years, but have yet to be deployed in an organized fashion by the institution’s IT department.