Microsoft Office is a powerful set of applications and services that can aid educators in becoming more effective and efficient. Many of the applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, have been around for a long time, but others, such as Sway, OneNote and OneDrive are new. From creating course resources to flipped classes to cloud storage, Microsoft Office is a robust set of tools.
- [Instructor] In this video, let's take a quick look at what's meant by Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft Office is a set of powerful applications, most of which you've probably heard of, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more. If you've purchased Microsoft Office, you're able to download the desktop apps to your computer. Now, you may have the entire suite of apps, or perhaps just an individual app, like Microsoft Word. Microsoft Office 365, on the other hand, is a subscription based model, in which the user receives access to the desktop applications, as well as other productivity services, such as Skype, SharePoint, and increased OneDrive storage depending on the subscription that you have.
Now, with Office 365, you always have access to the most up-to-date versions of the apps, which at this time is Microsoft Office 2019. Let's take a look here at the Office 365 page, and if I click here on See Plans and Pricing, it gives you an overview of what apps are included and the cost of that. So, here we have Office 365 Home versus Personal. If you scroll down, you'll see what this includes, including the different apps and services that are available to you when you purchase them.
Now, if you're an instructor or student at a qualified academic institution, you're likely eligible to receive a Microsoft Office 365 for Education account for free. What this gives you access to depending on whether or not your school has a 365 subscription. Let's check this out. So, right now I'm on the page that you can navigate to to get Office 365 free for your entire school. Here, if I scroll down, you'll notice that for free, all students and faculty will have access to the following applications, and these are the online versions, as well as some services.
So, you can take advantage of Microsoft Office for free. Now, next to this, you can see the low price per students and teacher. That would then give you access to the desktop applications, as well as more services. Now, there's another interesting thing here, and there's a link on this page that says students and teachers, sign up yourself, and if I click on this, you can go ahead and sign up for an Office 365 account for free, and again, you have to be at a qualified academic institution.
Now, if you're an instructor or student, I definitely recommend that you take advantage of your free account, and check with your IT administrator to see if your school gives you access to even more features.
- Overview of Microsoft Office 365 for educators
- Creating effective and engaging presentations in PowerPoint
- Recording presentations for flipped classes
- Creating tutorials and flipped classes with Sway
- Tracking student progress with Excel
- Creating visual representations of data in Word
- Sharing resources with OneDrive
- Creating class notebooks with OneNote
- Communicating and collaborating with Microsoft Teams