How to use Yammer in your School

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What is Yammer in 0365 education

Yammer is a secure & private chat and message platform for 0365 Education. Originally developed as an internal communication system, the site allows for school users to easily collaborate with one another to meet school  needs.

How Yammer began in my school

I am a believer, if you give a pupil the correct tools, their  creative side will show through.   We have seen this through our schools social network – Yammer has become the communication tool of our school.   Yammer itself was a bit of a strange tool in the school market. How every Yammer was trialled in 2015.

Initially usage was limited to our Sixth Formers. The word soon got round and numbers started to pick up. Then our  teaching staff started to looking into is use and started teaching e-safety through it, things like:

  • how to configure your profile
  • what info do you want to make visible
  • what posts are sensible and appropriate

Yammer to begin with to me was all about improving communication using mobile devices as the tool, and this has certainly been the case for us, as you can see.  As a school its Yammer is the quickest method of communicating to students !

10 Ways to use Yammer in your school

Office 365 for Education

15 ways to use Yammer in Education

1. Send out a message to everyone

Urge all users to start using Yammer for communication and sharing. Post an opening message asking for ideas on how Yammer might be used in your institution.

2. Set up some basic groups

Groups can be useful in education, and there are many different categories of group you could set. Start with setting up staff and student groups. Remember to make them private so that each group of users feels confident about sharing and posting.

3. Set up an external network for parents and guardians

It is a fantastic way to keep in touch with the parents and guardians of your students, and is excellent for improving home-school relationships. Why not inspire all your parents to sign up for Yammer at the next parents’ evening? You can post methodical updates, examination programs, sports dates, school show detail.

4. Use the Praise button!

The Praise function is a gorgeous way to let your whole school know about special triumphs made by individual students and staff. You can use this item for fantastic performance in sports, music and drama, or just about any exceptional case.

5. Advertise a special event

If it’s the school show, sports day or any other special event in the life of your school, why not use Yammer to let people comprehend it? Using the events feature is a fantastic way to remind everybody about what’s happening. Next time you have a parents’ evening, sporting function or another school event, use Yammer to tell everybody about it.

6. Schedule staff meetings

You could use the Events feature to plan and organise your staff meetings.  Use the Events feature in your whole staff list to let everyone know there is a staff meeting coming up. And you can also attach the notes from the previous meeting to ensure that all staff members receive them before your meeting.

7. Use an external network to collaborate with another institution

Using external networks is a great way of involving others external of your school into the learning and teaching within your classroom. You could set up a network with a speciality expert from the business or university, simply invite your expert and your class students to the new group and they will be able to work together.

8. Use an external network to collaborate with another class

You could also use an external network to join another class and chat about the work you are both doing. You can try to associate with another school somewhere else in the world doing similar work to your class and get your pupils chatting to the pupils from the other class. All you need to do is to set up the network and invite them to join. This is a great way to hold weekly discussion sessions with the two classes working together.

9. Better staff-student revision sessions

Yammer is a safe way for teachers and students to interact. Teachers in your school can run revision and coaching sessions using Yammer to ask questions and offer advice and feedback.  By producing polls and asking questions, teachers can keep in contact with their students, assess their learning progress. Students can ask questions they might not like to ask in class. Social networking is a everyday tool for students, which educators can utilise to help with academic progress in a way that is fun and relevant to the students’ lifestyles.

10. Create an information hub

Use your Yammer group as an information hub. Posting useful web links for pupils, as well as coursework ideas and advice, deadlines or even school notices. The search function means that anything can be found by using keywords and easily recovered.

 

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Yammer is a secure & private chat and message platform for 0365 Education. Originally developed as an internal communication system, the site allows for school users to easily collaborate with one another to meet school needs.
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