Making the transition to remote learning

As schools around the world respond to COVID-19, the need for remote learning tools is urgent. To make the transition to distance learning easier, we’ve created resources, training, and how-to guides that we hope will help schools, educators, students, and their families as they navigate remote learning.

Resources to help you get started

No matter where you are on your remote learning journey, find tools, training, and tips to help you meet your goals.

Drive a fast transition

Find the strategies, resources, and technology to quickly create online classrooms that help students, teachers, and faculty find new ways to connect and learn.

Build confidence on any device

Bring together face-to-face connections, assignments, and conversations in a single hub free for schools and universities.

Keep students engaged

Get free tools you need to keep students energised, engaged, and on the path to learning and growing.

Move quickly to a digital learning platform

We’re working with the Department for Education to help schools have a digital education platform, using Office 365 Education including Microsoft Teams.

Schools eligible for government-funded support:

If you don't currently have a digital education platform, or use Office 365 Education or G Suite already, but are not yet set up to assign work and communicate with pupils, or are not a commercial organisation or a private school.

Schools who are not eligible can still get support:

Microsoft FastTrack is available to assist organisations setting up remote learning for free.

Microsoft products that enable remote learning

Microsoft products help ensure that students stay engaged and learning stays on track.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place, letting teachers create vibrant learning environments. Build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with colleagues—all from a single experience, and free to educators and students. Discover more about Microsoft Teams.

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Free Microsoft Office 365 Education

Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, including Microsoft Teams, plus more. Use your valid school email address to get started.

Minecraft: Education Edition

Microsoft extends access to Minecraft: Education Edition and resources to support remote learning.


Flipgrid is social learning for learners of all ages—helping students discuss and showcase what they’re learning.


Bring computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.

Affordable, secure devices for education

With affordable and secure devices, powerful tools for education, and professional development opportunities, Microsoft is here to support your educators in creating inclusive online environments that help every student to learn anywhere.

Frequently asked questions

Microsoft is committed to providing guidance and resources for educators, administrators, and caregivers whose children who are shifting to online learning. Check out the latest resources and guidance, including professional development resources, IT support, and tools to promote student health and engagement.

    Continuing to drive student engagement and focused learning can be a challenge, especially for those moving to remote learning for the first time. Educators and families need support to help make this work. To help families support students, we have created a Remote Learning Guide for students and parents.

      We encourage schools to use the completely free Office 365 A1 offer which provides a customised hub for class teamwork with Microsoft Teams that includes video meetings, online versions of the Office 365 apps, as well as compliance tools and information protection.

        There are a number of cloud-based applications in Office 365 Education that are great for remote learners.

        • One of the most valuable collaboration tools we offer for classrooms is Microsoft Teams. In Microsoft Teams, teachers can connect with one another in online PLCs (professional learning communities) and they can connect with students–distributing and grading assignments, chatting with students to offer support as needed, and conducting video calls to ensure students still have valuable face time with their peers and instructors while out of the classroom.
        • OneNote is also a great tool for remote learning, offering students the ability to record work in an online notebook, even when they are offline.
        • In Flipgrid, students can have conversations about curriculum and share their voice via short videos online.

        Schools and students are all eligible for free Office 365 with an EDU email address and can sign up here. If a school is already licensed for Office 365, the school officials should send parents the correct log in information for their child to access the necessary tools for online learning. See the Distance learning with Office 365: Guidance for parents and guardians.

          Resources to help schools looking to quickly move to online learning:

          To support your school’s move into remote learning quickly you have a couple of support options:

          • If you’re not a private school, commercial organisation, don’t have a digital learning platform, or use Office 365 Education or G Suite but aren’t set up to assign work and communicate to students you, you can get Microsoft partner support your deployment/ transition. Fill out the form here.
          • If you are already an Office 365 customer, please sign in and fill out a request for assistance form to FastTrack.
          • If you do not have an Office 365 tenant or have challenges signing in and need additional assistance, send an email to
          • Get online hands-on training led by a global training partner at an upcoming Inspire Day.