Introducing the Microsoft Basics Micro-Credential

Caylie Gaccione
Curriculum Specialist
News on April 16 2021


Why a micro-credential?

Are you looking to take your knowledge of Microsoft to the next level? Through our 10-part Microsoft micro-credential, you will receive an in-depth look at different tools and programs from Microsoft as well as scheduled opportunities for practice. We cover everything from organizing files on OneDrive to collecting student assessment data in Excel. Each session explores how to enhance workflows and collaboration between teachers, students, and colleagues.

Microsoft Office 365 micro-credential overview

In our Microsoft micro-credential, we cover how to use various Microsoft programs to create and share lessons, organize your files, schedule and conduct meetings, collect and interpret student data, and much more. Whether you are new to using Microsoft tools, or have been using them for a while, this micro-credential gives you working knowledge of applications including, OneDrive, Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and many more.

Let’s explore each Microsoft session

Each course in the micro-credential offers an overview, a deep dive, and then practice activities for each tool.

Session 1: The first session within the micro-credential serves as an introduction and covers the basics of what will be covered throughout the series. We will review the differences between the installed version of Microsoft tools and Office 365 tools, as well as the login and software download process to get you started.

Session 2: This session focuses on OneDrive – Microsoft’s Cloud Storage application that can be accessed from anywhere. We will discuss how this tool can be used as an opportunity to host, organize, and share files, while also collaborating with others and keeping your files in one location. We’ll share how to create documents right within your OneDrive and also how to upload pre-made content.

Session 3: Our next session is all about OneNote, Microsoft’s collaboration tool for brainstorming and note-taking. We’ll cover creating a Notebook on OneNote and get you feeling comfortable with adding content to your Notebook including text, drawings, images, audio and more! We’ll also cover the steps for sharing out your Notebooks with colleagues, students, or even administrators.

Session 4: Session 4 is a dive into Outlook from a professional standpoint. You may already be familiar with using Outlook for your personal email needs, but we’ll dive into organization tips like folders and inbox rules to prevent a flooded inbox. We’ll also explore ways to use Outlook calendar in a professional capacity to create personal appointments to manage and prioritize the laundry list of daily tasks we conquer as educators. Similarly, we’ll share how to schedule meetings intended for student or adult attendees!

Session 5: In Session 5 we’ll explore another popular Microsoft tool: Word. This word processor is used to create text documents, and we will discuss how to utilize templates, and get familiar with the different toolbar options that Microsoft Word has to offer. Accessibility features are also included in this session as well as key collaboration and proofreading tools.

Session 6: Session 6 focuses on Excel, which is Microsoft’s spreadsheet creation application. We will discuss how to create and edit spreadsheets, which will aid in the data collection process. Several other key functions in Excel such as creating tables and charts, functions, data analysis, and accessibility options will also be explored, in addition to how to save and share our work.

Session 7: Our next session is all about PowerPoint, Microsoft’s presentation creation application that’s filled with features that can bring stagnant presentations to life. We will also explore how to create a presentation theme, embed videos, attach links, and more.

Session 8: Session 8 takes a closer look at Forms. This is Microsoft’s online survey and data collection tool that can be used for classroom surveys, polls, quizzes, and more. In this session, we’ll walk you through the process of creating a form or quiz as well as how to add additional features such as sharing as a template and exporting data to Excel.

Session 9: As we near the end of our micro-credential, we will discuss Microsoft Teams. With an emphasis on Teams for Education, we will learn about its key features for creating collaborative classrooms, PLCs, and a general space for communication. We will walk you through the steps for creating a Team, utilizing Class Notebook, and creating assignments for your students. Video conferencing is another important part of Teams, and we’ll share the options available on both the desktop and mobile app.

Session 10: In our final session, you will showcase your new Microsoft skills by completing an assignment in which you will create a meeting and associated interactive files that can be used in person or remotely.

Are you convinced? Sign up for this great Microsoft micro-credential today, and complete the series at your convenience as you learn from our team of certified instructions and educators. Learn more about our micro-credentialing on Microsoft and other topics when you visit OTIS for educators.

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