Microsoft Office

Teachers and students must be logged into their BCPS Office 365 account when accessing online Microsoft tools for use with BCPS related work.


Grade levels: Primary, Intermediate, Middle, High

Microsoft Office products are available for all BCPS teachers and students. Microsoft Office has a suite of programs that support productivity tasks, which includes OneDrive, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Forms, Teams, and more! Each of these programs can be accessed from a Windows device or online through Microsoft Online.

Learning How

Getting Started with Microsoft Office & Online

BCPS users have two options for accessing Microsoft products. PC users can access Microsoft tools through the desktop version installed on the device. Chromebook and PC users can access the online version of Microsoft products via Microsoft Online.

Two Versions ... What's the Difference?

Microsoft desktop programs and Microsoft Online programs have a very similar look and feel, and both have similar functionality. The desktop versions of Microsoft programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and more tend to be more robust with additional features. These products work best with BCPS Windows devices. Microsoft Online programs include the basic functionality of the desktop Microsoft programs, with the addition of easy online sharing and collaboration as well as added accessibility features. These products work best with BCPS Chromebooks.

Microsoft has an extensive online training and support resource center such as the Microsoft Online Quick Start Guides and the Microsoft Education Center to help users get started with using various desktop and online versions of Microsoft products.

Learn more about how to locate and navigate your BCPS OneDrive through the BCPS OneDrive 101 presentation and Sharing Digital Resources with Students and Colleagues video.

Click on any of the links below to learn more about how to use these tools.

Office Online

Use with Windows devices or Chromebooks

Desktop Office

Use with Windows devices only

Forms Online, Office Online Only

Sway Online, Office Online Only

ISTE Standards for Students

    • Empowered Learner. 1d - Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

    • Empowered Learner. 1c - Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

    • Creative Communicator. 6a - Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

    • Global Collaborator. 7b - Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

Ideas for Use

  • Collaborate on a lesson plan/lesson study using Word Online

  • Have your students create a shared presentation using PowerPoint Online

  • Survey your students at the beginning of the year using an Excel Survey or Form

  • Have students develop a budget and update it in real time using Excel Online

  • Facilitate virtual meetings to connect with BCPS Staff