Could one of your learners be the next Microsoft Office Champion?

Certiport, Microsoft and Netlearn are offering an opportunity for learners who are Microsoft Office whizzes to represent South Africa at the Certiport Office Specialist World Championship. What is this competition about? This global competition tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office applications. The learners with the highest exam scores and the lowest exam-taking times in the national competition will be invited to represent their country and compete at the World Championships. ...

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ICT Skills for Teachers – Tip sheets updated

The ICT Skills for Teachers course remains one of SchoolNet SA’s most popular offerings and with the addition of tip-sheets for the latest versions of Microsoft Office, the course has just become even more useful. Teachers enjoy learning how to use digital tools such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel – but in contexts that are useful and meaningful to them as teachers. For example, instead of learning lots of Excel functionality that they are unlikely to use again after the training, ...

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Office 365 #14: Invite a guest expert into your classroom using Office 365’s Lync video conferencing application

Office 365 core service for this post: Lync You can use a Lync video conference to invite a ‘guest expert’ into your classroom – or even a grandparent to read to your class at story time. Simply add your guest as a contact in People, and then schedule an online meeting with them using the Schedule meetingtool under their name. Your guest will get a link to the meeting and if they don’t have Lync on their computer they will be able to download it or use the Web App. You will have a v...

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Office 365 #13: Share your calendar with colleagues using Office 365

                          Office 365 core services for this post: Outlook.com, Calendar  Did you know you could share your calendar? Office 365 makes it easy, and you can choose how much of the information is shared – all of it or only some. In Outlook.com you can add multiple calendars of other users who have shared their calendars with you to view on one screen. This is extremely useful when it comes to scheduling tutoria...

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Office 365 #12: How to send an email message using Outlook.com

The Office 365 core email service is Outlook.com, formerly known as Outlook Web App. Sending an email from Outlook.com is very easy.  Just click on +new mail, and as you type in the name of the recipient, Outlook will offer you suggestions. Once you have entered the names of your recipients, type out the body of your message and add attachments such as documents or images if you need to. Click on send and your email will be delivered to the recipients. Take some time to explore Outlook.com a...

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Office 365 #11: Technical stuff – software required by Office 365

Office 365 requires the following software: – The current or immediately prior version of Internet Explorer, or the latest release of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. – Any version of Microsoft Office in mainstream support. Google Chrome Latest version can perform all browser-related tasks Firefox Latest version can perform almost all browser-related tasks Safari Latest version can perform almost all browser-related tasks Mobile Devices Not included Internet Explorer 10 Dep...

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Office 365 #10: Upgrading from your free trial to the full version

This is the fifth post in a short series of Office 365 posts which have been written by Microsoft South Africa, taking you through getting acquainted with Office 365. They are available in the Microsoft Provisioning Guide Once your domain has been verified as a bona fide education establishment you will be able to convert your trial into the full version when your 30 day trial comes to an end. Go to your dashboard. From the left-hand menu, select purchase services. Select the option for Offic...

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Office 365 #9: Adding bulk lists of users using a .csv file

From your Office 365 dashboard, select users and groups from the menu on the left side of the screen. This will bring up your list of active users. Go to the four icons above Display name and click on the second icon from the left. This gives you the option to select your .csv file for uploading. If you don’t have one, you now have the option to download a blank copy for completion. The screen will look like this Your .csv file is an Excel spreadsheet that must be in a particular format ...

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Office 365 #8: Adding users to your site individually

This is the third post in a short series of Office 365 posts which have been written by Microsoft South Africa, taking you through getting acquainted with Office 365. They are available in the Microsoft Provisioning Guide. See http://bit.ly/1yllgDU ________________________________________ Your users are your educational establishment community. This normally means teachers, lecturers and students as well as administration staff, but who you add is entirely up to you and your educational establi...

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Office 365 #7: Signing up for Office 365

Signing up for Office 365 Go to the Office 365 portal to set up your account. The portal can be found at http://aka.ms/o365EduZa – click on Try now and you will see a screen that looks like this: Be careful when selecting your username as it cannot be changed once entered. When you have completed this form (ensuring you have selected the correct location country for your establishment) click on next. You will now be able to complete the verification process. This will register your educ...

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