What we’ve learned about remote working
Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice president for Microsoft 365, shares what he and his team have learned from working apart.
Dr. Kevin Marshall
Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland
Since the COVID-19 outbreak first hit China, our education customers in the country have done amazing things to keep students engaged while they transition to remote learning.
Now, as the rest of the world continues to contain the virus, schools and universities are holding more and more classes online.
However, teaching and learning from home is a big change for most people. Without a physical classroom, how can you check that students are engaged and progressing? How do teachers and faculty stay connected?
We want to help wherever we can. Which is why we’ve asked the expert online teacher Koen Timmers to write a guest blog on our website called: Nine tips to make your remote lesson a success.
Plus, Microsoft Teams remains available to educational institutions for free, through the Office 365 A1 package. This provides a completely free, customisable hub for remote learning, including video meetings, online versions of the Office 365 apps, as well as compliance tools and information protection.
Microsoft Teams provides a complete remote learning experience, on a single platform accessible via phone, tablet, PC or browser.
It means teachers and staff can create their own virtual classroom, add selected students, share lessons, create assignments, collaborate virtually in real-time, do grading and provide personalised feedback – all through a single hub.
Here are some extra tips for teaching with Microsoft Teams:
We’ve created a series of webinars that can be accessed on-demand to help teachers become more effective on Teams. And we’re always adding to our Microsoft Learn Educator Center.
Here are some other free resources, available to you right now:
Keeping your students engaged and focused can be a challenge, especially if everyone involved is doing remote learning for the first time. People need support to help make it work. That’s why we’ve created a Remote Learning Guide for students and parents. Here are some of the most useful tips:
At Microsoft Education, we provide several free tools to help those students who would ordinarily need special assistance with their reading, writing, maths and communication.
You’ll find a fully-categorised list of Microsoft accessibility tools on our website. You may also find this blog useful – it’s written by Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility officer, Jenny Lay-Flurrie, and it’s titled Tips for your at-home students with disabilities.
We’ve also made interactive click-through guides across reading, writing, maths and communication. Plus, there’s a demo on Microsoft Inmersive Reader, which is designed to help students improve both reading and writing – and it’s been integrated into lots of apps already.
We recognise that remote learning can present different challenges to almost everyone. That’s why our team is always available to answer your questions via our Remote Learning Community. We hope we can help make this period – and beyond – as easy as possible.