Posted on March 26, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Teachers work really hard to keep up with all of the demands of their classroom and the school. Some are using OneNote notebooks on your Office 365 sites to stay more organised, to collaborate with students and fellow teachers and to make better use of the technology provided. Recently, Microsoft announced the release of a free app for Office 365 that I believe will save time and boost classroom efficiency by:
- Making it easier to post homework, quizzes, exams and handouts for students.
- Enabling individualized student feedback on work in one place virtually anytime and anywhere.
- Allowing a safe and monitored collaborative digital space where students can work together while also giving teachers the ability to coach and monitor information in real-time.
All of this and more without requiring any additional infrastructure or software. The only thing required of you or your Office 365 administrator is to install the app once for all teachers. Teachers can do all the setup needed through their OneDrive for Business account so it doesn’t require SharePoint sites to be enabled.
All of the instructions for installing it can be found here: http://aka.ms/OneNoteEduInstall (interactive guide here) and it only takes a few short minutes to add this to your Office365. There is a great interactive tutorial on OneNoteForTeachers.com that takes teachers through the steps on setting it up here: http://aka.ms/OneNoteEDUGuide (interactive guide here).
OneNote Class Notebook Creator allows teachers and students to make additional use of technology resources you already have within your school. Plus i think OneNote is such an underrated tool which has been around and included in your office licencing for years, i use it to take all my notes down but then get access to these notes on all my devices (yes that includes my iPad/iPhone and android devices!) so i can always access my notes when i really need them!
Posted on March 25, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
With immediate affect Microsoft have withdrawn the Technology Access Programme (TAP) for Education Pricing As a result the cost on all applicable Desktop and Notebook products will rise from 20 to 30% instantly – This will especially effect customers not on a current MS License programme. If you have any desktop or notebook requirements please contact […]
Posted on March 24, 2015 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
This is the 30th blog we have published – the first being on 21 March 2014. So happy birthday blog. We hope that you have found the contents over the year useful – and of course we welcome any feedback you might have. We open this week’s blog with our monthly look at the EFA […]
Posted on March 20, 2015 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
2015 Budget Our friends at PW Payroll Solutions have produced an analysis of the 2015 Budget. See http://www.pwpayrollsolutions.co.uk/news/budget-statement-2015/ I have picked out a few items from this and other recent HR news which you might find useful within school. Not in The Speech Whilst there was little in the speech that spoke directly to the education […]
Posted on March 18, 2015 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
Bid writing is a huge part of any business role. Glyn Marsh, Senior Financial Consultant with School Business Services, recently gives his top ten tips for School Business Managers. Any Bid Is Like Applying For a New Job: The grant awarder may not know you from Adam and so the only impression they’ll have is […]
Posted on March 12, 2015 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
This week it’s not deadlines we draw your attention to but some of the bigger questions about the risks schools face and whether you are in a position to respond to these. Budget Forecasts Schools and academies should now be aware of the funds they will receive in the next financial year; whether this is […]
Posted on March 12, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Last week, Microsoft launched a preview of Office 2016 for Mac. The entire preview version is free and you can download it right now. Integrating fluidly with Office 365, OneDrive, and SharePoint, this marks the biggest update to the Apple-centric version of the famed productivity suite in years. With an Office 365 account, users can […]
Posted on March 4, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
SBS is pleased to announce the launch of our new responsive website, designed with a new look and user-friendly navigation. We’ve refreshed the website content and structure so you can get a real feel for the different range of support services we offer to schools and academies. We will soon have dedicated blog for each of […]