At Mount Waverley Primary School our students have access to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and Microsoft in Education (MIE) featuring Office 365. No matter whether a students has a portal bought 1:1 device or have BYOD or are using a shared device through the school they will be given access to these platforms at school and at home.
Google Apps for Education
Google Classroom is mission control, designed with teachers and students to connect the class, track their progress and achieve more together.
Google Docs, Sheets, Slides
Students can create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations online, if they are working in a group they can work on the same document and it automatically saves their work. They don’t need to save their work on USB or email it to themselves, they can access and create the document anywhere and share it with their teacher at anytime.
Students have access to create and also answer survey forms straight from their email. This is a great way for students to collect and give data, as well as providing feedback and giving each student a voice about what goes on in the classroom.
Also known as the cloud. Students save work files in their drive, access them from any device and share them instantly. No need to send attachments or merge different versions of a document.
A place for students to interactive virtually with their peers and also create connections with students in other schools and potentially from other countries. This allows them to become global citizens and opens up a learning pathway to explore the wider world we live in. This is also a safe and secure way of doing so.
We also have access to Google Keeps, Drawing, Fusion tables and my maps.
Microsoft in Education
Microsoft Classroom is a homepage for managing and organizing class sections, create and grade assignments, collaborate and provide feedback to students.
With OneNote you can capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas. It is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote you can seize that moment of inspiration, take your class notes and complete and your class work. Take note. It’s easy to pull up your content from anywhere, even if you’re offline. Start on your laptop then update notes on your phone. OneNote works on any device or platform.
Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint
Students can create and edit word, excel and Powerpoint online and or offline, if they are working in a group they can work on the same document and it saves automatically. They don’t need to save their work on USB or email it to themselves, they can access and create the document anywhere and share it with their teacher at anytime.
Get your files from anywhere on any device with Microsoft OneDrive. Share and work together with anyone at school and at home.
Microsoft Forms is a new part of Office 365 Education that allows teachers and students to quickly and easily create custom quizzes, surveys, questionnaires, registrations and more. When you create a form, you can invite others to respond to it using any web browser, even on mobile devices. As results are submitted, you can use built-in analytics to evaluate responses. Form data, such as quiz results, can be easily exported to Excel for additional analysis or grading.
Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. Sway is an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports
We also have access to Microsoft Delve, Yammar and Sharepoint
As we have access to both systems, there may be the question, well is one better than the other?
The answer is no they are very similar and the pictures below will be able to demonstrate the correlation between the two platforms. Both are available and accessible in classrooms across MWPS and are used in the classroom regulary through Year 4-6, especially in 2017, based on teacher preference of which one they have the most confidence in using.