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11th April 2024

How can 365 Copilot help teachers?

Kia Deeks-Hyde

The inclusion of artificial intelligence (AI) in education has sparked both controversy and curiosity. While some view it sceptically, suggesting that it can hinder learning, Microsoft’s 365 Copilot emerges as a ground-breaking solution to enhance teachers’ productivity.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how this dynamic AI assistant can revolutionise the educational landscape.

What Is 365 Copilot?

365 Copilot is an AI assistant developed by Microsoft. Initially designed for businesses, it seamlessly integrates into existing Microsoft 365 apps, such as Edge, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Its mission is simple yet powerful: streamline tasks, allowing users more time to focus on the tasks that matter most to them.

Developed in partnership with OpenAI, Copilot acts as a dynamic sidekick, transforming words into powerful productivity tools. Here are some examples of how 365 Copilot can be used to assist in different 365 applications:

Word: Summarise documents, create drafts, and polish existing text.

Excel: Enhance data analysis efficiency.

PowerPoint: Craft engaging presentation slides.

Outlook: Draft emails effectively.

Teams: Recap meetings and find information.

OneDrive: Retrieve information from files.

SharePoint: Create sites and pages.

OneNote: Assist with note taking.

Loop: Kickstart brainstorming and content drafting.

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How can 365 Copilot benefit teachers?

Planning Made Easier

 Educators often juggle multiple responsibilities, from lesson planning to administrative tasks. 365 Copilot steps in to assist in the following ways:

  • Lesson Planning: Copilot helps educators plan engaging lessons, ensuring that content aligns with learning objectives.
  • Hand-Out Generation: Whether it’s worksheets, study materials, or announcements, Copilot generates hand-outs efficiently.

Administrative Efficiency

 Teachers wear many hats—grading assignments, managing schedules, and communicating with students and parents. Copilot could help to simplify administrative tasks in some of the following ways:

  1. Student Record Management:

  • Application: Copilot in student information systems.
  • How to Use: Update and manage student records efficiently.
  • Example Prompt: “Update records with the latest student enrolment data.”
  1. Scheduling and Timetabling:

  • Application: Copilot in scheduling software.
  • How to Use: Create and optimise school schedules and timetables.
  • Example Prompt: “Develop a timetable for the upcoming school term.”
  1. Staff Training and Development Plans:

  • Application: Copilot in training platforms and Word.
  • How to Use: Create personalised training and development plans for staff.
  • Example Prompt: “Design a professional development plan for new teachers.”

Personalised Feedback

Effective feedback is essential for student growth. Copilot enhances the feedback loop by offering:

  • Individualised Guidance: Copilot assists teachers in providing personalised feedback on students’ work.
  • Adaptability: Feedback can be tailored to each student’s unique needs and learning style.

 

 

teacher giving feedback

Licensing and Availability

While currently inaccessible to students, 365 Copilot holds immense potential for teachers. Microsoft has announced that Copilot will be available for the following academic licenses:

  • Faculty: Microsoft 365 A1 and Office 365 A1/A3/A5 licenses.
  • Higher Education Students (18+): Accessible through Microsoft 365 A1/A3/A5 and Office 365 A1/A3/A5 licenses.

Get Started with 365 Copilot

Ready to empower your teaching experience? Explore 365 Copilot and discover how it can transform your educational journey.

 

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