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Friday, February 24 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Office 365 - Essential Tools for School Collaboration

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Session Description

Office 365 is a powerful tool for schools to take advantage of.  However, where do you start as a school to take advantage of these tools and what are the essential tools that you can show your faculty, students and administration?  Cary Academy has been using Office 365 for over three years and we are constantly learning all the new things Office 365 offers.  In this session we will show you the blueprint we used to train and transition faculty, staff and students on Office 365, from OneDrive, to SharePoint sites, to groups and of course OneNote and Class Notebook.


Where can we store and share files for the school community, from students, staff and faculty?    Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage is a great tool for this.  How many of us have had that student come to us with the hard drive that just crashed?  The big question, was any of the student data backed up?  With Microsoft OneDrive that data will be stored in the cloud and the backup is done for them.  We will show you the synch process and how your community will rely on this as the main source for the storage of their files.  What about a project students are collaborating on and they want to share a file?  OneDrive allows them to share the file with each other and their teacher, through the cloud and not email attachments or a shared network folder.  One of the best features, you do not need the server storage on site or maintenance that goes with backing up student data.   Microsoft takes care of this for you at their data centers.    

Office Groups 

Office groups, a space in the cloud to organize teams. Anyone in the school can create an Office group. Each group has its own e-mail address, calendar, document storage and dedicated OneNote notebook. Imagine a school club having the power to collaborate at this level or a school committee sharing information through files and OneNote notebook.  What about the person that misses a meeting?  They can catch up by looking at the group notes or files that were worked on and seeing what they missed.  Groups is a powerful way for committees and club advisors to keep up to date information in one area for people to follow. 

Class Notebook/Staff Notebook 

How can you get your students and faculty to collaborate on a daily basis or not have textbooks?  Learn the powerful tool of OneNote and Class Notebook.  Faculty can create online textbooks with OneNote and then use Class Notebook to share this material with students.  They can check homework and reviews and use the collaboration space to work on problems or material for the whole class to see.  

SharePoint Sites 

SharePoint sites are powerful tool to take advantage of with Office 365.  Imagine a department sharing files, calendars and OneNote notebooks.  This is all possible with SharePoint Sites in Office 365.  Our leadership team, business office, admission and various other departments take advantage of tool and the various options offered within sites.  What about students and faculty?  Our Yearbook teacher has a site that she uses to share photos and page layouts with the yearbook students throughout the year, so they are constantly collaborating.   

These are only some of the tools Office 365 uses, but learning these essential tools will help your school see the advantage of Office 365 and the collaboration that it can bring for your school community.   

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Dmitry Manakhov

Information Services Director, Senior Information Services Consultant, Cary Academy
Dmitry has been Information Services Director at Cary Academy for the last 10 years and been employed by Cary Academy for 6 years prior to that. | Dmitry oversees school technology and it's one to one computer program. | He's worked in technology and education field for 24 years and held Cisco, RedHad, Microsoft, Citrix, Lenovo certifications. | Dmitry holds an MS in Electrical Engineering. He lives in Apex, NC. He is married, and he is a... Read More →
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Kevin Rokuskie

Senior Information Services Consultant, Cary Academy
Senior Information Services Consultant - Cary Academy (Cary, NC) | | Kevin Rokuskie has been a Senior Information Services Consultant at Cary Academy for the last 19 years. His primary job is to support the sixth – eighth grade students, faculty and staff located in the middle school with their technology needs. He is also the assistant wrestling coach and scuba club advisor. Kevin has worked in the technology field for the last 22 years... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Integrated Media Studio

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