Tutorials to help you succeed in virtual classrooms
To help you move along the learning curve, we provide links to video tutorials with step-by-step instructions that teach you how to scan documents and use digital tools to succeed in virtual classrooms.
Most students are using Zoom to join and participate in virtual classrooms. Click the link to download the Zoom add-in for your device.
If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, it’s useful to learn simple tips and tricks to use it effectively. Zoom offers great advice for students just getting started. Click the link and read Section 1, steps 1, 2, 4, and 5 for the best information to learn how to use Zoom as a beginner student.
Just as well, here is a playlist of Video Tutorials to help you master Zoom for current use in class and future use in college or as a career professional.
Zoom can also be a fun tool for students! Zoom lets the user put fun backgrounds in their chat window that everyone in the classroom can see. Click here to view a page with free Zoom Backgrounds you can download!
Students get Office 365 for free! Office 365 Education is a Microsoft application that bundles services used in virtual instruction. Office 365 includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. Click the link above and submit your valid school email address to download and get started today.
If you’d like to be taken step-by-step through the downloading process, click here to watch a Microsoft employee do just that.
You can also download Office 365 for your smartphone. Click on the link to be redirected to a video that takes you through the process of how to download the application onto your smart phone.
Once you download Office 365, you’ll want to get familiar with how to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Teams. Here’s a playlist of videos from the same Microsoft employee who teaches you how to use these services. Each Office 365 video tutorial below will be derived from this playlist and channel.
It may be required of you to submit many of your written assignments via Word. The intricacies of creating submittable documents, like learning how to format assignments by setting the correct margins or line spacing, may be lost on you. Don’t worry, it’s easy to move down this learning curve.
Click the link above for a tutorial on how to use Word. The video description provides you clickable timestamps that skips the video to the part that interests you.
It may be asked of you to complete some of your science or mathematics assignments on Excel, a digital workbook with built in formulas that help you do all types of mathematical work. If you don’t have much experience with Excel, learning how to use it may feel intimidating.
Learning to use Excel effectively is a much quicker and easier process than you may think: click on the link above to watch a simple video tutorial to help you out.
PowerPoint is an intuitive software that allows the user to build slide decks for presentations. If you have an assignment with an in-class presentation component, using this software effectively will be an asset to you. Click the link above to learn how to use this software and easily make an appealing presentation.
Teams is an application that helps individuals and groups communicate and facilitates class discussions. It works as an instant messenger, audio and video conferencing service. You can also share and collaboratively work on assignments through the app.
If your school is using Teams and you’d like to learn more about how to use it, click the link above to watch a Teams video tutorial.
GSuite is a free service offered by Google that easily provides individuals and groups collaborative tools like Google Mail, Drive, Docs, and Sheets. GSuite is widely used across organizations because of the ease to which it allows team members to work together on the same file in real time.
Simply creating a Google account gives you free access to all these tools. If you need to create a Google account, click the link above – it takes just a few minutes!
Once you’ve created an account, you can use all GSuite services either on your desktop, laptop, or smart phone! GSuite applications can be downloaded from the app-store on your Android or Apple phone for free.
If you are unfamiliar with GSuite, below you’ll find links to playlists of short video tutorials created and offered by Google for users that want to learn how to use Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets. We recommend you review these tutorials to be an effective in-class collaborator.
Drive is a tool that creates and saves all your files. You can create folders to organize files, upload or download your files from Office 365 to Google Drive, share files with group members to collaborate on documents in real time, and more.
Check out the Google Drive tutorials by clicking the link above to learn more about the tool and how to use it.
Docs is a tool like Word, in which you can write and format documents and easily share them with team members and teachers. You can also see and review changes made to the document by collaborators to be up to date on the progress of your project.
Click the link above to learn how to use Docs.
Sheets is a tool like Excel, in which you can create workbooks of sheets for classroom projects. Sheets allows you to collaborate with classmates on quantitative projects with ease.
Click on the link above to learn how to use Sheets.
Scanning and Submitting Documents
You’re going to find you’ll have to scan and upload documents to submit homework or classroom assignments online. If you’ve never scanned assignments outside of school before, smart phones have pre-installed software to help you do just that. Below are three YouTube video tutorials on how to scan and upload documents using different smart phones and Office 365 for mobile:
- Here is a video tutorial that teaches you how to scan documents on your iPhone.
- Here is a video tutorial that teaches you how to scan documents on your Android phone and upload them to Google Drive.
- Here is a video tutorial that teaches you how to scan documents on iPhone and Android using the Office 365 mobile application.