Beginner’s Guide to Office 365 for NSW Department of Education Schools

Beginner’s Guide to Office 365 for NSW Department of Education Schools

Introducing a range of Microsoft online tools for education.

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of online applications and tools that enable twenty-first century productivity, sharing and collaboration. With Office 365 available to all teachers and students in NSW Department of Education schools, now is an excellent time to become familiar with the tools and explore how they can best be used to enhance learning in your classroom. This course is intended for beginners with little or no experience in using Microsoft Office 365.

“The number of available applications that rely on cloud technologies has grown to the point that few education institutions do not make some use of the cloud, whether as a matter of policy or not…”

2014 Horizon Report, K-12 Edition, p. 36

Participants will gain an understanding of the potential for cloud-based technologies to support dynamic, collaborative 21st century learning.

This hands-on workshop will focus on some simple but highly effective uses of the Microsoft Office 365 apps available to NSW Department of Education schools.

Become familiar with your One Drive and the NSW DoE Yammer community. Learn to create, share and collaborate with Word Online and Excel Online. Discover the potential of OneNote Class Notebook and explore Sway as a tool for creating interactive presentations.

This course consists of two parts. A workshop day (5.5hrs) and a follow-on component to be completed in your own time after the workshop (4.5hrs). You must successfully complete both parts in order to gain the 10 professional learning hours.



The follow-on component for this course (4.5 hrs) is described below. This is an opportunity for you to have some time to take what you learned during the workshop and apply it to your own context and your own students. Information about due dates and instructions will be emailed to participants after the workshop day.

Design an activity using one or more app from the Office 365 suite. This could be an activity for students or colleagues. Participants upload lessons to an online community where they will get to interact with the other teachers in the course. Participants complete a personal reflection piece and a course survey.

Read more about follow-on components, and see the criteria for successful completion in the FAQ below.

Audience: All teachers and educators within the NSW Department of Education.

Keywords: Digital Learning Design, Digital Literacy, Collaboration.


The introduction of Office 365 will assist students’ learning in that they will be able to work collaboratively on a project and will be able to access their information/ work from anywhere with internet access. Not being restricted by the limited number of desktops.

This course has helped me become familiar with new apps for BYOD and given me ideas for integrating them into the classroom. I liked the practical “playing” with the apps with a view to in-servicing colleagues and instructing students.

I am excited to incorporate more ICT programs into my classroom that allow for collaborative learning experiences. The students will become more ‘tech savvy’ and this will help them achieve in 21st century learning as it is moving more towards a technologically driven world.


Cathie Howe

Cathie Howe

Centre Manager

Cathie is a Professional Learning & Leadership Coordinator for the NSW Department of Education and manager of MacICT. As well as developing and delivering Professional Learning, Cathie is the creative and strategic leader of an expanding, collaborative team responsible for the design and quality of MacICT’s services. She oversees all course development and mentors many of the team members to ensure that MacICT continues to provide a consistently high level of service to schools, teachers and students.

Cathie manages, and is involved in the development of MacICT’s case studies and academic research projects. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering teachers to transform their practice by understanding what they have to teach (curriculum), how they are going to teach it (pedagogy), integrating digital tools in creative ways to enable meaningful learning to occur.

During her 20+ years both as a teacher and an executive in Primary Schools, Cathie has been recognised for her innovative practice, digital learning design and leadership.


Unfortunately there are no plans to run this course again. Apologies for any inconvenience.


How do I enrol?
Enrolment is through the MyPL system. Click on the Event ID provided and it will take you to the enrolment page. NSW Department of Education (DoE) teachers can log in using their credentials. Non-DoE participants need to sign up for a MyPL account in order to enrol. Click here for instructions, and click here for more information about MyPL for non-DoE participants.
How is payment taken?
If you are from a NSW DoE school, payment will be via direct debit and appear on your school's Sundry Tax Invoice Statement. Non-DoE schools and individuals will be invoiced. Please contact us to confirm your billing details.
How do I get there and do I need to bring anything?
There are many transport options. See our Contact page for more information. We will send out an email to all participants with parking information two days before the event. Please look out for this email and read the instructions carefully. All equipment will be provided unless otherwise advised.
What if I cancel or don't show up?

You can delete your own enrolment through MyPL, however keep in mind any cancellations made within 2 days of the event or no-shows will incur the full cost, charged to your school. Please contact us if there are any issues with your attendance.

What's a follow-on component?

Some of our courses include a follow-on component to be completed by the participant in their school context with the aim of transferring the new practice to their teaching and learning repertoire. These deliverables are included as part of the course hours and are designed to engage teachers in real ‘learning through doing’ leading to improvement in the skills and capabilities of teachers. This is an opportunity for you to have some time to take what you learned during the workshop and apply it to your own context and your own students. Details of the follow-on will be emailed out to all participants. The deliverables must meet the following Criteria:

  1. Product (this may refer to lesson plan, unit of work or other digital product)
    1. evidence of creativity;
    2. planning and/or design;
    3. incorporation of key ideas in the course;
    4. integration of technology; and
    5. a published/shared product that is appropriate to audience, purpose and context.
  2. Online Interaction
    1. peer feedback; and
    2. community building.
  3. Personal Written Reflection (200 words):
    1. Reflect on the learning experience gained by participating in this course, including the deliverables, OR reflect on your classroom practice (including a description of the pedagogical approach, delivery and implications for the future); AND
    2. Reflect on how you achieved one or more of the specified professional learning standards.
More questions? Contact us.

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