What is Microsoft 365 Education? All You Need to Know

In addition to causing a world health crisis, COVID-19 has created a whole host of challenges for educators, the business world and community leaders. How do these groups continue to carry on with their roles from home? How do teachers effectively communicate and create lessons that will engage students? 

If you’re part of the work from the home workforce, how can you effectively do your job and communicate with colleagues from afar? 

Even as the world works through the pandemic crisis, more and more people, including students will be staying home and continuing their work.  

The Microsoft 365 Education platform offers comprehensive tools and support to do the work you need to do, whether at home, in school or at your office. Read on to learn about the features of the Microsoft 365 Education program and its many benefits.  

Microsoft 365 for Education Plan Options 

In the name of computers, Microsoft is a name to be reckoned with and their education platform has it all, including options. There are three different plan options available through Microsoft 365 Education. They include: 

  • Office 365 A1 
  • Office 365 A3 
  • Office 365 A5 

The most basic platform is the 365 A1 option. You would need a school email address, then you could access the core components of the program via the Microsoft cloud services. In the A1 option, you must use the online version only.  

The A1 platform includes access and services to the following: 

  • Word 
  • Excel 
  • PowerPoint 
  • Outlook 
  • OneNote 
  • SharePoint 
  • Exchange 
  • Teams 
  • Forms 
  • School Data Sync 
  • OneDrive 
  • Stream 
  • Sway 
  • Power Apps 
  • Flow 
  • Yammer 

The A3 and A5 program offers all of what you can get in the A1 program with some additional offerings too. If the A3 program you would get access to: 

  • Publisher 
  • Access 
  • Bookings 

IN the A5 program you could also access the Power BI app. 

More on some of these offerings later.  

Benefits of Using the Microsoft 365 Education Program 

There are a host of benefits beyond the long list of apps you can use with 365 Education. Let’s take a closer look at some of those benefits.  

Cloud-Based Access and Storage 

It used to be that when a school used a program, they had to purchase the actual program and install it on their computers. While this might have worked, updates were a pain to keep up with and it becomes costly when you need newer versions of the program. 

With Microsoft 365 Education, you don’t buy the program. Instead, you subscribe to use it and access it through the cloud. This makes it much more affordable for schools to use and access. 

Students and staff can store their data on the cloud. The cloud has unlimited storage capabilities, so you never have to worry that your work will be lost or not saveable.  

Regular Updates 

In today’s work and school from home, there are computers for everyone. In one school alone, that can be a lot of computers to manage and maintain.  

What happens if a program needs an update? Does your school’s tech department need access to every computer? In fact, the answer is no. With the Microsoft 365 Education platform updates are regularly done through the cloud. Schools don’t need to worry about those updates or keeping the work or platform secure. It happens automatically. 

Preparation for the Working World 

It’s no secret that students in today’s technology-driven world need to be very tech-savvy. it’s highly likely they will enter a workforce that requires them to have some technical skills.  

Many businesses around the globe use the Microsoft platform too. As they work with these apps on the platform, they are essentially preparing themselves for the future working world.  

Digital Collaboration 

When educators first found themselves working from their kitchen table at the beginning of the pandemic, one of the things they quickly realised was they needed a way to collaborate from afar. 

The Microsoft 365 Education platform allows users to access PowerPoint, Excel, or Word apps and collaborate in real-time from anywhere.  

No matter where the user accesses the work, the formatting remains consistent and is available right on the cloud. 

Data Security and Controls 

While the 13-year-old who is writing their argument paper might not hold corporate information, data security is important. Schools have a wide range of data that they need to be secure.  

The 365 Education program offers a wide range of security features. These include: 

  • 24-hour remote monitoring 
  • Threat management 
  • Consistent anti-spam monitoring 
  • Anti-malware protection  

School systems, teachers and students can rest assured their data will be protected.  

Apps That Are a Part of Microsoft 365 Education 

When Microsoft put together this platform for educators and students, they really thought about what those in the education world would need to do. Let’s take a closer look at some of the apps that are a part of this platform.  

Outlook 

Outlook is the business and educational email platform. It allows users access to email storage and cloud services. The unlimited email storage provides legal hold and in-place archiving. 

Microsoft Word 

Microsoft Word is the platform’s desktop publishing and word processing application. It allows teachers and students the ability to have an instant and simultaneous collaboration on their word files. 

The A1 version of the program only can use the web version of Word. 

Excel 

Excel allows users to create spreadsheets and visualisations and to collaborate on these spreadsheets. Again, the A1 plan only allows the use of the web version. 

PowerPoint 

PowerPoint allows users to create slide shows to present information using a library of templates and graphics. Users can create, edit, and collaborate on slideshows. They can create slideshows that also have cinematic motions, animations, and 3D models.  

Check Out Microsoft 365 

This pandemic world has created enough problems for the world. Teachers and students should be able to do schoolwork without facing issues of communication or the ability to collaborate. Microsoft 365 Education provides just what the education community needs to face today’s challenges head-on. 

If you are part of a school community and want more information about the value of benefits of Microsoft 365 Education, contact us today

Written by Sami Malik

Marketing Campaigns Manager