Flipping the classroom with Office 365
The flipped classroom is a concept that is taking the
educational world by storm. Briefly described, it means
that students do their homework assignment before
the lesson so that the class time is dedicated to
discussions and different activities that will help
students master the concepts and achieve better
results. A flipped classroom is great for creating a
collaborative learning environment where teachers can
dedicate more time to each student individually.
This tutorial is designed for educators who have used
some features of Microsoft Office 365 and shows in
simple steps how it can help teachers create a flipped
In this tutorial you will:
1) Use Microsoft Office 365 to flip the classroom.
2) Create activities, calendars and discussion for students.
3) Use a video conferencing tool to communicate with students.
Microsoft Office 365
ICT Skill Level Required:
David is a Biology teacher who wants to facilitate the learning process by turning his classroom into an active,
collaborative environment instead of delivering lectures in an old-fashioned style. He also wants to dedicate time to
each of his students whenever they need his help. He plans to do this by assigning homework tasks not after the lesson,
but before it.
David plans to use Office 365 to assign these tasks. His students will receive e-mails that contain links to video
materials, PDFs, social bookmarking lists or presentations that he or other teachers have created and shared online.
Students greatly benefit from learning in this way, as they can do it at their own pace and in their own style. They can
stop, rewind, and fast forward. Doing the assignment at home will enable them to spend classroom time on discussion
and different kinds of activities that will give them the opportunity to be fully engaged in the interpretation, analysis,
synthesis and evaluation of the knowledge they gained at home. They will develop their higher order thinking skills.
David will also encourage them to create their own materials based on what they have learned, building their own
1. Your academic institution can use Office 365 for free. If you don’t yet have it in your school, download a 30-day
trial version at this web link.
2. After you log in, click on the Outlook Web App. Create your classroom group by adding the e-mail addresses
of your students to this group. You can now easily send e-mails to all the students and post links to the resource
they should study at home or do research on.
3. Your students can send e-mail messages to the address of the public group and all the members will
automatically receive their e-mail. If you wish you can turn on the message approval system so that you can read
all the messages before they’re sent to other members.
4. You can modify group settings, including adding other group owners, such as your fellow teachers if you create a
cross curricular project together. As the owner of the group you can decide if your students need approval to
join or leave the class. You can also appoint some students as group moderators and give them approval rights.
It’s a good idea to change the moderators over the course of the year, so that each student experiences first-
hand the responsibilities that moderation brings.
5. Use the calendar to note down all the dates when the assignments are due. To write in the calendar, just
double click on the date and write in the form.
6. If you decide to publish your calendar online, choose how much information you want to share and who has
access to it. It’s possible to set the time frame as well, so that the calendar won’t be shared anymore after the
due date has passed.
7. After your students have done their homework there will be plenty of discussion in the classroom. However,
sometimes there’s not enough time to share with you and the rest of the class, so allow the discussion to
continue on a Team Site that you can create for your students in Office 365. Start a discussion and let them
share their opinions and ideas. Even better, allow them to start their own discussion.
8. To help continue classroom discussion at home use Lync as a video conference tool. To do this, first install Lync
and after signing in, click on Meet Now to start a group conversation. Invite your students by e-mail and connect
with them via video. Follow the user guide at this web link.
Further Resources and Ideas
Watch this video to see how these teachers are using Office365
Find out more about using other features of Office 365 in educator projects.
Find out more about the flipped classroom
Check out the videos at Khan Academy and Watch/Know/Learn
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Experiences and Assessments (2b,c) and Model Digital Age Work and Learning (3a,b,c,d)