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The following content has been circulated by Microsoft for Education and added to by our team of PDST Digital Technologies advisors.


Brief Description

Office 365 Education is a collection of services that allows teachers to collaborate, share resources and schoolwork with your students and fellow teachers. It's available for free to teachers and students. It has several built-in features that allow for effective distance learning.



Getting Started

Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, allowing access to tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need is a valid school email address. To get started with Office 365 for Education, go to the following link:


Once teachers and students have been set up with Office 365 for Education accounts, teachers can create a Team for each of their classes. This will allow teachers to communicate, share resources, assign work and offer feedback to students. As well as being able to submit work, students also have the ability to communicate and collaborate with each other.



Quick Start Videos: Setting up with Microsoft Teams

Each class should have it’s own Team. This will allow teachers to communicate effectively with their separate classes. For information on how to create a team, assign work and provide feedback click on the videos below for an overview in this area. More resources in each area can also be found below.



Creating a new Team Creating Assignments in Teams Providing Feedback in Teams






Tools for Distance Learning 

Get online resources with Microsoft Ireland Remote Learning and Learning Continuity Home



Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft Teams is the digital hub that teachers and school leaders need. It brings conversations, content, and apps together in one place, streamlining workflow for administrators and allowing teachers to create vibrant, personalized learning environments. Teams supports teacher-to-teacher collaboration as well as class collaboration and communication. In short, it is the one tool that can help with educators' administrative and classroom tasks, saving teachers time and teaching students future ready skills.  


Features of MS Teams:

  • Create a class team that allows communication between teachers and students

  • Set assignments that incorporate various assessment methods such as MS Forms, MS Word, MS OneNote, MS PowerPoint, attach media and other websites

  • Share a multitude of resources such as websites, videos and images

  • Use the assignments to assign, mark and provided detailed feedback to students

  • Use insights to track assignments and students use of MS Teams

  • Schedule meetings for video call with your class or subject department

  • Support synchronous & asynchronous remote hybrid learning


Resources for using MS Teams

Start using MS Teams today with Back to School with MS TEAMS or Introduction to MS TEAMS

Family and Guardian Guide to MS Teams

Helpful checklist for parents/guardians to support students on MS Teams

Teacher Guide to MS Teams

Teacher Checklist for MS Teams

Student Guide to MS Teams

Student Guide to MS Teams Booklet

Student Checklist for MS Teams



MS Forms: 

Use Microsoft Forms to assess your students, collect feedback from parents, and collaborate with other educators. 


Features of MS Forms:

  • Create surveys, quizzes, and polls, and easily see results as they come in.

  • Share quizzes with your students using any web browser, even on mobile devices.

  • Create formative assessments using branching.

  • Use built-in analytics to evaluate your students' quiz results.

  • Create assessments as a team by sharing a quiz draft with other educators.

  • Export data, such as quiz results, to Excel for additional analysis or grading.

Start creating forms and quizzes today with the Microsoft Forms Quick Start Guide.



MS OneNote:

With Microsoft OneNote, educators can create digital notebooks across subjects and levels. OneNote Class Notebook provides a platform for educators to prepare instructional materials and collaborate with students in an organized manner.


Features of MS OneNote:

  • Use as built in Whiteboard with the use of digital ink

  • Share content with students

  • Embed images, videos and links into your notebook

  • Use accessibility features such as Immersive Reader, Picture Dictionary, Translate & Dictate to support SEN students

  • Solve math equations with Math Assistant in OneNote

  • Insert audio to provide feedback to students

  • Organise students work with their individual notebook 

  • Use the collaboration space to enable group work between students

Get started today with MS OneNote



MS PowerPoint:

PowerPoint is a presentation application that creates a slideshow of important information, charts, and images to display during your class. Recent advances in PowerPoint include subtitling on slides, presentation coach, and other enhanced interactive features.


Features of MS PowerPoint:

  • Design ideas to make your presentation more visually appealing

  • Translation feature to support EAL students

  • Embedded images, links, and videos to ensure multimedia presentations

  • Presenter Coach helps you prepare in private to give more effective presentation

  • Use the online version to allow collaboration/group work for your students

  • Record your screen to make easy training or how to videos for your class ideal for revision or asynchronous lessons

  • Present with real-time captions or subtitles in PowerPoint.

  • Learn how to use the "Record Slide Show" feature in PowerPoint to create revision opportunities for your class

Get started today with MS PowerPoint



MS Word:

Use Microsoft Word for the best word processing and document creation.  Collaborate for free with an online version of Microsoft Word or harness the power of the desktop app for real-time collaboration. Do more with Word: transform documents to web pages, get real time translation, add dimension with 3D models, read and review writing with ease and take writing from good to great! 

Get started today with MS Word 




Empower every voice in your classroom by recording and sharing short videos. Flip is a video discussion platform that can be used by students of all ages. Flip allows educators to spark discussions by posting Topics to a classroom, school, professional learning community, or public Flip. Students record, view, and respond to each other through short videos. 

Get started today with Flip



Access courses and other training materials like those highlighted below via the Microsoft Educator Centre 




Introduction to Word

Introduction to OneNote

Introduction to MS Teams

Introduction to PowerPoint

Microsoft Educator Community

Remote teaching and learning resources from Microsoft Education 

Microsoft Educator YouTube resources

Download the Teams for Education Quick Guide

Transform learning with Microsoft Teams (Microsoft Educator Centre course)

Crafting a collaborative learning environment with class teams (Microsoft Educator Centre course)

Supporting learning initiatives with staff teams (Microsoft Educator Centre course)

Getting started with hybrid learning in Office 365 (Microsoft Educator Centre course)

Office 365 Resource Booklet for Teachers




Staying Connected with Microsoft Teams Part 1


0.23 Signing into Office 365

11.08 Hide/Show Teams

13.15 Activity Feed

14.23 Chat

16.22 Group chat features that enable collaborative practice

19.58 File links to cloud storage and file sharing

22.05 Create Team and naming convention

27.29 Class Materials

28.32 General Channel

29.16 Manage Team, settings, team code

35.58 Announcements

39.49 Upload file to posts

40.54 Praise features for SEL 

41.55 Using forms for polls within MS Teams

43.44 Student view of files

45.24 use of apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Forms) within Teams

48.24 Adding channel and channel features


Staying Connected with Microsoft Teams Part 2


7.05 Help button on Teams

8.52 Microsoft Educator Centre

12.40 Creating MS Forms 

15.16 Math Features on Forms

17.30 Recap creating team

18.11 Creating Channel

18.44 Announcements

19.44 Adding a new tab

20.29 Forms features within Teams

23.25 Showcasing Flipgrid in Teams

26.39 Using documents for group work, showing PowerPoint for group work

34.56 Embedding YouTube in Teams

38.06 Embedding websites in Teams 

40.28 Embedding Stream in Teams

42.13 Replay and Math Features in OneNote

44.32 Immersive Reader & Translation in OneNote

46.46 Class Notebook in Teams

47.42 Inserting audio for feedback

48.50 Microsoft Educator Blog

Staying Connected with Microsoft Teams Part 3


6.32 Show/hide Teams 

7.32 Create Team & naming convention

9.25 Announcements, conversation & mention feature

11.30 Add Channel and YouTube videos

13.00 Channel settings, permissions and analytics

15.30 Creating private channel

16.45 Creating a word document within Teams and using the dictate feature

18.48 Managing Channel permissions

19.23 Setting up OneNote Class Notebook

19.53 Digital Ink and Maths tool with in OneNote

25.53 Overview of Class Notebook including adding audio, images digital ink and stickers

31.53 Creating Assignment 

36.50 Student experience of assignments

39.08 Marking assignments

41.18 Creating assignment with resource files (PowerPoint, Word & Forms) and rubric creation


Inspiration Session 


 PowerPoint with translation, screen recording



  • replay, digital ink, ruler & maths solver

  • Immersive Reader with picture dictionary & translate

  • Dictate

  • Ink to text

  • Insert audio, picture, online video

  • Researcher function

  • Stickers for SEL

  • Embedding a MS Form


MS Stream

Creating quiz with MS Forms with embedded media such as pictures and videos


MS Teams

Activity Feed, Chat, Create a team, Class Materials, Create a document/presentation within Teams, create a Class Notebook. 

Meetings for online video calling, creating assignments

Making learning #Onederful with Microsoft OneNote Part 1


0.16 Creating a Notebook without the use of MS Teams

2.55 Adding and renaming Section and Pages

3.56 Add tags

6.40 Digital inking

9.20 Use of the ruler & math’s feature

14.39 embedding website and media in page

18.19 Replay function in OneNote

20.53 Insert Audio

23.41 Insert supported video

25.33 Stream and screen recording

30.43 Flipgrid

33.25 Use of stickers for SEL

34.12 Dictation

35.51 Insert pictures

36.49 Researcher

37.34 Insert/embed MS Forms

40.33 Immersive Reader with picture dictionary & translate

44.35 Translation within OneNote

45.55 Microsoft Educator Centre


Making learning wonderful with Microsoft OneNote Part 2 


1.40 Navigation

2.10 Add existing Notebook

2.34 Add & rename Section/page

5.03 Insert Audio

5.28 Embed YouTube video and links

7.52 Introduction to Wakelet

10.22 Microsoft Educator Community & recommended courses

13.53 Ruler

14.56 Digital Inking using OneNote as a whiteboard

16.21 Math Solver & tools

18.44 Insert table, picture, audio, video & tags in OneNote 

22.27 Dictation

23.49 Insert file, printout, supported video

26.03 Insert stickers for SEL

26.48 Researcher 

27.30 Replay 

28.37 Translation within OneNote

30.49 Class Notebook app within Office 365

31.23 MS Teams (Show/hide team, Create team, Class Materials, Set up class notebook)

39.13 Distributing page

41.22 Immersive Reader with picture dictionary & translate






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