Thanks to the wide range of Microsoft tools available through Microsoft 365, remote learning has become easier than ever. The effects of COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown will undoubtedly change the way that students learn. Although most schools re-open in early February, the need for cloud teaching tools will still be in place. Classrooms no longer look the way that they used to and, as technology evolves, students are now adapting to the remote learning model. For educators and schools, there are numerous benefits offered by Microsoft tools when it comes to remote learning.

Advantages of Microsoft Tools for Remote Learning

The biggest advantages provided to educators by Microsoft tools such as Teams, Office, OneDrive, and other apps include the following:

Secure virtual classrooms. 

MS Teams has been an especially integral tool during the lockdown, allowing teachers to create secure online classrooms that are protected via access code. Attendance can be tracked, lessons can be recorded, files can be shared during lessons, channels can be created for specific grades, for teacher conferencing and admin, and various other purposes. Virtual classrooms remove a lot of the stress that traditional classrooms have, including monitoring of student behaviour and progress. 

Real-time collaboration. 

Another major benefit of cloud learning tools is the fact that collaboration can be done in real-time. This is extremely helpful to teachers at any grade, enabling homework and other work to be graded in a way that students can quickly revise as needed. Files can be shared directly to class channels or to dedicated assignment channels, where they can be accessed, reviewed and updated easily through OneDrive. Up-to-date versions prevent confusion and ensure that students and educators are on the same page at all times.

Integrated apps and tools. 

Microsoft 365 offers a wide range of tools that can be integrated within existing learning platforms and tools. As cloud learning tools can be accessed from any device and any location, integration with tools such as Office make remote learning even easier.

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