Will students be required to access Microsoft Office 365 at home?
The instructional use of PWCS Office 365 is optional, with decisions about Office 365 in the classroom often made at the school level by teachers. Since Office 365 is accessible from any device with access to the Internet, students do have the opportunity to log in to his or her PWCS Office 365 account from home to access their information or work on their documents, and collaborate on shared documents with other students and/or their teacher.
Can students send e-mail to "outside accounts" with the Microsoft Office 365 account?
Yes, students will be able to send email to outside accounts. Students in grades K-2 do not have email accounts.
Can students use a Microsoft Office 365 account they have already created on a personal computer at home?
No, students will be expected to use their PWCS Microsoft Office 365 account when working on school related projects, and assignments.
Do these apps work on an iPad or other tablet?
Microsoft Office 365 documents may be edited using a mobile browser. Also, different mobile platforms make Microsoft applications available through their app store.
Can parents use it?
Only PWCS employees and PWCS students in grades 3-12 can access Office 365.
Can a parent see what their student is doing on Microsoft Office 365?
No, there is not a Parent View account in PWCS Office 365. Parents are encouraged to explore Office 365 with their student by logging in together. Parents will be able to have their student log in to his or her PWCS Office 365 account at home and show you what they are currently working on in class, as well as items that have been “turned in” and commented on by the teacher.
Does a student retain copyright of their creations?
The same copyright rules apply to content in Microsoft Office 365 that would apply to any other creation, provided the student is the sole owner.
What protection will PWCS provide so a student is not accessing inappropriate content on the web?
PWCS filters and monitors Internet activity on our network in compliance with Virginia legal code §22.1-70.2. Acceptable Internet use policies for public and private schools. (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+22.1-70.2) and the Federal CIPA law, (Children's Internet Protection Act).
What apps are available and how can a teacher to use them?
PWCS Microsoft Office 365 will provide students with secure and easy online access to documents, spreadsheet, presentation and communication tools that can be accessed easily from home or school and enhance teacher and student collaboration and learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. Teachers can use Office 365 to facilitate group projects and use the track changes tool to see the level of participation of each student in a group. Teachers will be able to give feedback to students directly in documents shared with a teacher. Turning in assignments will be as easy as sharing the file in Office 365 with the teacher, or by emailing it to the teacher through the student’s PWCS Office 365 email account.
What if another student deletes their work?
The owner is the only person who can delete a document. Once a document is deleted, no one can access it, including those with whom it was shared.
How will Microsoft Office 365 reflect in their grade?
The use of Microsoft Office 365 will not in itself impact grades. Consult with your child’s teacher/s about individual class requirements.