Office 365 for Home Computers for FREE

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Staff and students with a ConestogaValley.org email address are able to get a copy of Office 365 which includes the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite of products; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote as well as others.

  • You will also have access to Office Online with features like Newsfeed, OneDrive, Sites, Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online.
  • You can also use the Set up mobile apps on your iPad.
  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets

You already have the Microsoft Office Products installed on your school machine and you should not use this process to install software on your school machine.

The process for downloading the software will take a long period of time. We suggested starting the download and running it overnight. The time to download this software will vary depending upon your computer, and your internet provider service speed.

This offer will only be valid during the time the staff member is employed by the district and the term that a student is enrolled at Conestoga Valley School District.

The directions to download and install the software is different for staff and students. Please use the appropriate heading below to locate your instructions.

Directions for Faculty and Staff

Please NOTE: The other option of purchasing the program through the Home Use Program for $10 is still also available. The Home Use Program license does not expire with employment. Please see the blog post about Office for further details on this separate offer.

For your home computer,

  • Go to the Office 365 Education website http://office.com/teachers
  • The Teacher tab should be highlighted
  • Click the green button, Find out if you’re eligible
  • Enter your school email account and click sign up
  • It will say You already have an account click continue OR it will ask you to accept the terms of service by clicking START
  • Sign into Office 365 with your school email and password


  • You will then be logged into Office 365.
  • Click on the gear in the top right hand corner next to your name and select Office 365 settings.


  • From the Drop down menu select Office 365 Settings


  • On the next screen select Software.

To install the software on your home computer you will select install now at the bottom of the page and this will install the software on you home machine. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and more.

Remember, this downloading process will take a long time. It is recommended that you begin and let it run overnight. Make sure your computer is not set to auto shut down during this process. Make sure your device is plugged into a power source. The time to download this software will vary depending upon your computer, and your internet provider service speed.

Directions for Students

This offer is available to all students at Conestoga Valley School District. This offer will only be valid during the term that a student is enrolled at Conestoga Valley School District.

You already have the Microsoft Office Products installed on your school machine and you should not use this process to install software on your school machine.

Students can get their complimentary Office for a home computer by

  • Visiting Office.com/GetOffice365 and follow the on screen instructions.
  • The Student tab should be highlighted
  • Click the green button, Find out if you’re eligible


  • Enter your school email account and click sign up
  • It will say You already have an account click continue OR it will ask you to accept the terms of service by clicking START
  • Sign into Office 365 with your school email and password
  • No need to sign up – click OK


  • Click on the gear in the top corner
  • Select the Office 365 Settings from the drop down menu


  • Click on Software
  • On the next page click install at the bottom of the page.
  • This will install Office 365 on your home computer or tablet.

Remember, this downloading process will take a long time. It is recommended that you begin and let it run overnight. Make sure your computer is not set to auto shut down during this process and is plugged in to a power source. The time to download this software will vary depending upon your computer, and your internet provider service speed.

HS Student Outlook on 1:1 laptops

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Students Setting up Office 365 Student Email in Outlook on 1:1 Machines

  1. Start up Outlook for first time and select to start mail setup wizard
  2. Click Manually configure server settings or additional server types, and then click Next
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  4. On the Choose Service page, select Internet E-mail, and then click Next.
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  6. Provide the following information on the Internet E-mail Settings page:
    1. Name
    2. Email (firstname_lastname@conestogavalley.org)
    3. Select POP3 for account type
    4. outlook.office365.com for Incoming mail server
    5. smtp.office365.com for Outgoing mail server
    6. Email address again for Username
    7. Password
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  8. At the bottom of the page, click More Settings
  9. On the Outgoing Server tab, select My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.
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  11. On the Advanced tab check the box for This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL) and select TLS in the drop down for Use the following type of encrypted connection then click the Ok button
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  13. On the Add New Account page, click Next
  14. Outlook tests your account, click Close when the test returns both as completed
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  16. Click the Finish button
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Atomic Learning as a Special Workshop Request Updated 2014

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In MyLearningPlan (MLP) under the “LearningPlan” tab and the “Fill-In Forms” section there is an option for staff to submit a “Special Workshop Request Form.” This form allows staff to submit workshop requests for activities that may not be provided by CV, the IU or other providers listed in MLP. This provides great flexibility and differentiation for staff members to learn and develop on their own. Everyone is at a different level when it comes to technology skills and the implementation into their classroom. Since we have staff across the spectrum when it comes to technology it is nearly impossible to provide the individualized training and workshops necessary for each staff member, but that is where a tool like Atomic Learning combined with the districts willingness for individualized professional development comes together to provide you with the just in time, differentiated, self paced development that you need.

So how does this work?

  1. Browse Atomic Learning tutorials under SEARCH or Spotlights to see if there is any tools or skills that you want to work on. I have listed and linked some suggestions below, but you may want to refer to ISTE Assessment results and consult with your supervisor/principal for suggestions as well.
  2. Determine how many hours it will take for you to view the videos, work with technology and create an example or write a reflection about what you completed. As a general rule of thumb, “project based” activities will be a half day workshop (3.25 hrs) and a “workshop” activity will be a full day workshop (6.5 hrs). If you are just going to watch tutorials to learn a new tool you will want to sign up for a half day workshop (3.25 hrs)
  3. Go to MyLearningPlan and submit a “Special Workshop Request Form.” You must fill in all the field that are highlighted in Red. For the Workshop Title make sure you include the technology tool, project or workshop that you are working on and the words Atomic Learning. For example, Atomic Learnings Creating an Online Course workshop or YouTube for educators workshop in Atomic Learning. In the Description make sure you answer these questions; What is the goal for this activity? How will this be incorporated into your class and/or curriculum? What evidence will you provide? The URL for Description is not required, but I suggest linking to whatever atomic learning video series, project or workshop you plan on working on.
  4. For example the YouTube for educators is located at http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/yted_wkshp. The dates you select can be the same or the completion of the workshop could take place all on the same day. The listed end date is when the district will expect you to have your workshop complete and your evidence submitted. Complete the rest of the required field in Red.  This link will take you to an example form in PDF format displaying how the form should be filled out in My Learning Plan.

So you have found the tutorial, project or workshop your interested in, submitted the form and received approval. Now What?

  1. Log into Atomic Learning and begin working through the tutorial, project or workshop you selected. Your hours and time viewing videos will be logged automatically. If the video is showing you how to do something I suggest you have that program or website open and model the tutorial as you go.
  2. After you watched the videos, created your project or developed your website you should upload all of the work, links, files, etc. you created to your ePortfolio on Atomic Learning.
  3. Log onto MyLearningPlan and mark you activity complete. Insert comments to let you supervisor know what and where they can find the evidence of your learning from that activity.

I hope many of you take this opportunity to individualize your professional development and, as I mentioned above, here is a list of suggested workshops.

Spotlights Tutorials
  Google

Prezi-web based presentation tool.

Skype – video conferencing

Twitter-Mirco-blogging

Microsoft Office 2010 

 

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Minimize that Ribbon

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Did you know that you can minimize the tool bar in your Office 2007 Products?

This can be very helpful when you need more screen real estate for projecting on your board or screen.

Just Double Click on the open tab and it will hide the ribbon. Double click on the menu area and you can select minimize the ribbon.

1. HELP Button  :  The Microsoft Office has a great HELP feature. In Office 2007 the HELP button is in the top right corner. The icon is a blue question mark. Click on it and ask it a question.  The Microsoft Office website also has great short videos that can take you step by step through your question.

2. Microsoft Office Website : To see more about the ribbon and other features of Microsoft Office 2007 check out this web site and search for your questions!

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/minimize-the-ribbon-HA010166329.aspx

3. Atomic Learning Videos:  Don’t forget about the Atomic Learning Videos too! You need to log into Atomic Learning with your CV username and password and then you can access this link for Office 2007 http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/office07_wn?cn=cvsd

Atomic Learning also has videos for Office 2000 and 2003.  Just Browse and select the product you need!

Quick copy trick in Excel

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There are a number of ways to copy data in Excel, but if you’re like me, you’re always looking for shortcuts that eliminate a few clicks. Here’s one that’s handy when copying a single column of values to an adjacent column:

  1. Select the column and the adjacent column. If the column of values is already selected, you can press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Right Arrow] to extend the selection.

  1. With both columns highlighted, press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+. (that’s the period character).


It’s quick and easy, and pressing [Ctrl]+Z will cancel the copy action. If the target cells contain values, Excel will overwrite them. If you press [Ctrl]+Z to cancel the copy, Excel will reverse the action and reset the cells to their original values.  

This trick also works with rows: Press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+, (the comma character).


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