DIY: Office 365 Tools

I am creating my own “thing” to complement the Everything Google “thing”.  We are, sadly, not a Google school. So I am creating my own “thing” to explore the Office 365 tools that my district supports.


I learned about Sway by making a Sway. It was fairly easy to use and fun but it isn’t something I see using with my students. The big advantage I see in using Sway is that the photos are easily brought in using a built in search. The concept of photo decks was difficult to wrap my head around. I tend to be a linear thinker and Sway isn’t a linear tool. I wonder if students would be more successful with the tool.  In my mind introducing Sway with my students would be using technology just because, rather than because it meets a need. I am also reluctant to use a tool that students won’t necessarily have access to in the future. There are other tools out there that I feel are better.


I had a slight idea what Flow was. A quick glance shows that it is Microsoft’s version of IFTTT. While I don’t currently use either of these tools IFTTT been on my “I wonder….” list. There are many different things I use that I am excited to automate. For the purpose of this example I worked to sync my Dropbox files for work to my O365 Onedrive. The process to do this using Flow was really simple! It was a preset flow. I just needed to link my accounts. Now when I save files from my home computer to my work Dropbox those files will show up in my Onedrive for Business account.  Browsing through the options gave me more to think about. Specifically, when considering a digital to-do-list I will ensure it works with Flow.

O365 Planner

Holy cow! This is a gold  mine of a find. My co-librarian and I have a huge list of things to do at the end of the year. Every year we make a huge to-do-list, put our names next to the items and then discover we didn’t do the items in the right order. Planner will take care of that! We create different items for each task. Each item then got a due date and put in a “bucket”. Items are then displayed on a calendar.  PROBLEM SOLVED! One of my favorite features it the app. We now have an organized list of tasks that we can both work from and access very easily.

This was a great opportunity to explore tools provided by my district.





About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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