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Using Microsoft Planner to Help Your Schools Digital Transformation

Jan 18, 2023

As the Education sector continues its high speed, inevitable, transition into further dependance and utilisation of digital technology, some software programs such as Microsoft Planner can help coordinate and ease the process.

What Is Microsoft Planner?

Microsoft Planner is a web based programme designed to assist in the management of an individual or organisation’s work management processes.

This user-friendly web tool is part of Microsoft Office 365 services, and allows users to plan for projects or tasks in an easy to follow but organised format.

Microsoft planner clearly and concisely allows deadlines, collaborations, projects and communications to be effectively undertaken.

Why Is This Important For Educational Institutions?

As mentioned, schools, universities and colleges over the past two decades have become increasingly reliant on technology to aid in the running of their respective institutions, Microsoft Planner is a succinct way of conveniently managing all aspects of digital prep under one umbrella.

While technology is of clear benefit to educational institutions, it may also be a tangled web of information and miscommunication if not coordinated efficiently.

Running several operating systems or management programs in a disjointed fashion may lead to cross pollination of errors and confusion.

Students And Staff

Both students and faculty would be able to benefit from the integration of Microsoft Planner. In a learning environment the ability to keep up to date progress of one’s own learning would assist students in focusing on key areas of study as well as improving weaker performance topics.

Faculty can utilise Planner to not only orchestrate and deliver subject matter to their cohort, but also in wider aspects of their profession, advanced proactive planning and delegation regarding their own career development and liaising with other staff.

Relevant Key features


Aside from Planner’s ability to be synchronised with other task oriented programs such as Asana, it also boasts the useful feature of seamless integration with other Microsoft Office interfaces including Outlook, Sharepoint and Teams.


All tasks can be curated and structured visually in bespoke ‘bucket’ sections, allowing you to plan and work through them thematically.

Visual cues and section organisation enables a far more productive modality of progress than standard, monotonous listing.

Task Track-ability

Each task set up in Planner can be analysed in ‘dashboard’, displaying the tasks status or belonging to a wider plan. Charts highlight the progression being made through a set topic and even displays when task deadlines are missed and work is overdue.


Microsoft Planner is available across multiple device platforms including PC, tablet or smartphone. This is incredibly convenient for both students and faculty alike as organisation and progress is no longer restricted to the parameters of a designated classroom or learning space.

Group Features

Microsoft planner also boasts some useful group features including:

Why Choose DMS’ Digital Technology Solutions?

A Bolton based business, with over 40 years experience offering Technology and IT solutions, we here at DMS pride ourselves on our ability to deliver creative and effective means of augmenting an operation’s digital space on a massive scale.

A bespoke digital strategy of technology fused with relevant content, could propel your institution to new frontiers. DMS solutions are an investment in your organisation's ethos, demonstrating a willingness to not only react to and accept the current climate of the educational system, but think forward towards more success.

If you want to launch your organisation into the future via digital education, get in touch with us today!

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