How to access school work with an Xbox or Playstation.

Don’t have a tablet or laptop?

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There have been calls locally for laptops and tablets – as reposted on the VGS social media:

Primary school amazed by response to laptop appeal | sidmouth.nub.news

Sidmouth College appeals for unwanted laptops to help students learn at home | sidmouth.nub.news

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Regular VGS commentator Paul Foster has very thoughtfully contributed this helpful piece of information:

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Because my previous post did not make it clear enough, here is Carolyn Blanshard’s interpretation of how to access school work with an Xbox or Playstation rather than a tablet or Laptop.
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“How to access online learning on an Xbox
1. Plug a keyboard into the Xbox USB slot (less than Β£10 from Amazon)
2. Go into my games and apps
3. Find Microsoft Edge and select
4. Type in Office 365 and log in as you would in school.
5. You can then access your work and use key packages including: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams, your emails
6. To move around you use the Xbox controller or plug in a mouse (available widely including Amazon)
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How to access online learning on a Playstation
1. Identify the Playstation internet browser icon (it is www with dots around it)
2. Press the Playstation logo on the controller
3. Go to the library and find options for games and applications
4. Go into applications and you will find the internet browser
5. Type in Office 365 and log in as you would in school
6. You can then access your work and use key packages including: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams, your emails.”

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Thank you Paul.

With more info here:

People share trick showing how to use PlayStation and Xbox to access home learning | The Independent

Here’s how to use a PlayStation or Xbox for remote learning | WIRED UK

How to access Google Classroom on your PlayStation or Xbox | T3

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And some more helpful advice to hard-pressed parents:

Covid-19: The challenges of home-schooling – BBC News

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image: Should you buy a PS4 or Xbox One right now? | TechRadar

   
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