As part of the SIMS evolution we are constantly looking at ways to help make everyday life for teachers easier, smoother and reduce the need for complicated procedures.
One of the ways we can achieve this efficiency is by exploring partnerships and collaborating with others, most recently our close relationship with Microsoft, has seen us working towards streamlining process and improving teaching and learning practices through the power of technology. Our latest collaboration has broken new ground in leveraging the infinite flexibility of Microsoft OneNote.
The OneNote platform can be seen in many classrooms, enabling teachers to organise lesson plans in searchable digital notebooks and create sharable content libraries, encouraging students to handwrite notes and sketch diagrams before submitting their assignments all online.
Imagine being able to harness the power of OneNote to access your entire class, enter grades dependent on your school’s individual programme and for that information to then be recorded on each pupil’s record – all from one user interface and without the need to export and re-import data across multiple systems.
Thanks to an exciting new development, this is now possible. Our partnership with Microsoft now allows teachers to grade students and submit their marks directly back into SIMS automatically, meaning that any school where teachers use OneNote in the classroom can mark homework in their notebooks and bring the results back into their school MIS, driving efficiencies in their marking and analysis processes.
Creating this kind of integration has long been a goal of ours and that of Microsoft, which is why we’re so excited to be the first schools’ MIS provider in the UK to lay down the necessary infrastructure and make this possible.
As a result of this breakthrough, we’re even more excited about what the future could hold in terms of additional integrations, providing schools with unprecedented freedom to use the systems and tools that suit their ways of working best, safe in the knowledge that information they record will transfer seamlessly to their SIMS database.
And in a more general sense, this kind of partnership demonstrates something of a fresh approach to working with third party providers – recognising that schools all have their own individual practices and preferences towards specific systems and applications.
With that in mind, we’re doing everything possible to put schools first when it comes to developing and re-shaping our solutions. We understand that teachers, senior leaders and schools generally are moving towards increasingly smarter ways of working, so we want to ensure that SIMS is capable of supporting that.
We’re including the SIMS ID identity management suite, which synchronise identities between SIMS, SDS, and O365 to provide a single login for each user and the Microsoft OneNote integration within SIMS at no additional cost, so it’s ready to use straight away. We’re excited to be in a strong position to explore new potential integrations to further streamline school operations. To learn how the functionality works in practice, check out this training video from Microsoft, or contact your SIMS Support Unit for guidance.
You can read more about the integration between SIMS and Microsoft OneNote via Microsoft’s blog post
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