Microsoft Classroom Dashboard: Learning Redesigned

This computer based instruction is will help teachers increase their knowledge in and ability to use the Microsoft Classroom Dashboard. Upon completion of this module the learners will be able to set up individual classes, add students, add and manage assignments, manage course documents and files, and post class announcements.

Introduction

Marion Ginapolis, Superintendent of Lake Orion Community Schools stated the following:

“It is not about the technology; it's about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders.”

This new experience lets you get more out of Office 365 Education by using your existing content to get up and running.

This module will help you see how Microsoft Classroom can streamline and organize your daily teacher tasks.

Adding a class

When first logging in to Office 365, you can see that Microsoft Classroom is a tile on the homepage. Click that tile to enter your new online classroom community.

Your homepage for your school has classes set up (and automatically synced) from a Student Information System through School Data Sync, or you can create classes manually.

You can see that classes are listed on the left, and current, active assignments are listed on the page as the main content. To create a new class, just click or press the + symbol in the top left of the classes menu.

Type in the name of a class, and Office 365 checks to make sure it's not already in use. Add your class. Then press Done.

New classes will automatically be placed in the inactive courses list.

Checkpoint question 1

  • A class can be added by clicking the "New Class" button in the left-hand sidebar.

Adding students

Now that the class is created, students can be added to the class roster. Additionally, if needed, an another teacher can be added to the class with the same permissions as the teacher creating the class.

Adding a student is simple. After clicking the "+ Add student" link, just type in the first few letters of the name of the student and select the student once Office 365 has found the student in the directory.

This is a one-at-a-time process. Type in all the names of the students in the class and select them, then click Done when you are ready to add them all to the course.

If you're looking to bulk upload student rosters, that can be done through School Data Sync. Contact your district tech administrator to complete this task. That's really the best way to set up your classes and have them always up-to-date.

To add another teacher to the class, click the "+ Add teacher" link and follow the same procedure for adding students.

Checkpoint question 2

  • When adding a student (or teacher), you must type the full name to find the student in the directory.

Checkpoint question 3

  • You will need to complete the "Add student" process individually for each student you add to your roster.

Adding assignments

You can see that this page looks similar to the home page, and that's because the assignment list is visible for the class here. The homepage showed the assignments for all classes, but this list is only the assignments for this particular class.

To add a new assignment to this course, click the "+ Add assignment" button.

First, add the title of the assignment. Right at the top, you are able to choose a due date and time for the assignment placing the assignment on the student calendar inside Microsoft Classroom, which will also appear in the student's Outlook calendar.

Add a description for the assignment and, if necessary, you have the option to attach a file. Additionally, you have the option to clone this assignment to any other active courses, which is a big time saver.

Checkpoint question 4

To add a file for students to the following assignment click which of the following options?

When attaching a file to an assignment, a file can be attached from many different locations.

A link to an online file, a website, or an online video can also be attached.

Compatible content types like a Sway, an Office Mix, a Form, or a YouTube video, are embedded inside the assignment - reducing student distractions by keeping them focused on the work right inside the Microsoft Classroom interface.

Checkpoint question 5

  • YouTube videos and gifs
  • Office Mix and SWAY
  • Forms and PowerPoint presentations
  • YouTube videos and PowerPoint presentations
Of the following: which two are compatible content types that can be embedded in an assignment?

Uploading class files

Adding course content

Checkpoint question 6

  • Single files
  • Folders of groups of files
  • Both files and folders
Which of the following can be uploaded to the class file management dashboard?

Posting announcements

Each class group has announcements, a calendar, a Class Notebook, a shared file space, and conversation space.

Posting an announcement

Checkpoint question 7

The image below allows the user to

Final assessment

Q1

To add a file for students to the following assignment click which of the following options?

Q2

The image below allows the user to

Q3

  • You will need to complete the "Add student" process individually for each student you add to your roster.

Q4

  • YouTube videos and gifs
  • Office Mix and SWAY
  • Forms and PowerPoint presentations
  • YouTube videos and PowerPoint presentations
Of the following: which two are compatible content types that can be embedded in an assignment?

Q5

  • Single files
  • Folders of groups of files
  • Both files and folders
Which of the following can be uploaded to the class file management dashboard?

Q6

  • When adding a student (or teacher), you must type the full name to find the student in the directory.

Q7

  • A class can be added by clicking the "New Class" button in the left-hand sidebar.