Following our last blog about how Microsoft Teams has helped enhance Hybrid learning in the Education sector, we delve into the Power Platform and how it can enhance Education inside and outside of the classroom. The Power Platform coupled with Microsoft Teams is a robust platform that enables Microsoft Teams to be extended to support specific educational and administrative needs – without the need for a developer. But what are the components of the Power Platform and how can they be applied in the class room.The Power Platform is made up of four key components:
PowerBI – A self-service data analytics platform that makes it easy to connect, analyse and gain insight from the data that runs your institution. The data may be stored in the Cloud, your data centre; in an Excel spreadsheet or SharePoint list, a Student Administration System, or in any of the hundreds of other systems with built-in support by the Power Platform.
PowerApps – An application development platform that enables anyone to build web and mobile applications without writing code. The natural connection between Power BI and PowerApps makes it effortless to put insights in the hands of teachers/faculty in tailored and often task-specific applications that supercharge their productivity and make their work perhaps a little less tedious.
Power Automate - An intelligent process automation service that goes beyond simple task automation, allowing non-technical users to automate business processes and workflows without a complicated IT deployment
Power Virtual Agent - Create and manage powerful chatbots without the need for code or AI expertise with an easy-to-use graphical interface. A chatbot is a software application used to conduct an online chat conversation via text or text-to-speech.
All the capabilities of the Power Platform can be used and delivered inside Microsoft Teams as a single digital hub for students, faculty and staff. So how is the Power Platform being used in Education?
Inside the classroom:
- Student/learner focussed applications to support multiplication, spelling, shapes, translating languages.
- Random student picker, create groups, manage class rewards, tracking and presenting student numeracy and literacy progress, student academic progress, early warning indicators.
- Students can use the tools to build simulations, collect and present data, develop education games.
Outside the classroom:
- Paperless student on-boarding process.
- Notifications with the latest information to new students .
- Faculty/Teacher Administration and Reporting.
The Power Platform transforms Education both inside and outside of the classroom when paired with Microsoft Teams. The Platform can automate, enhance, create, capture and present data and processes to students and staff. If you would like to the see the Power Platform in action with Microsoft Teams, join us on the 19th of November for our webinar “PowerApps in Microsoft Teams for Education” hosted by Brett Auton Principal Education Consultant, and Andrew Higgs, Solution Architect. To register, click below!