Microsoft Classroom, a new Office 365 service for teachers and students

Microsoft today announced a new service for Office 365 Education users called Microsoft Classroom. Microsoft Classroom is a homepage for managing all of your classes. Organize multiple class sections, create and grade assignments, collaborate with other teachers in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and provide feedback to students.

Microsoft Classroom has a OneNote Class Notebook built into every class, allowing teachers to create assignments with due dates, complete with Outlook calendar events and reminders. Students can receive, complete and submit assignments on their favorite devices, including mobile devices via the Microsoft Classroom app. Students can even collaborate on assignments and co-author documents in Office Online, Office desktop, or Office mobile.

Microsoft is also announcing School Data Sync (SDS), which will be part of Office 365 Education, to enable the class creation and updates in Microsoft Classroom. School Data Sync saves teachers time by automatically creating groups and enabling single sign on to apps in Office 365. By syncing user profiles and class rosters from a Student Information System (SIS) into Office 365 Education through Azure Active Directory, SDS automates management of classes and class materials for teachers, freeing up time for lesson planning and teaching.

Students logged in to Office 365 Education are automatically logged in to other supported classroom applications—saving instruction and administrative time. Since IT admins can determine what student data to sync and which apps can access the data, it is easy to remain in compliance with your standards and policies.

Learn more about it here.

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