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  • Blog Post: Improving school to home communication by giving parents access to Office 365 for education

    My colleague, James Marshall, is a whizz with Office 365 for education . And he regularly shares information on his UK Education Cloud Blog on how to use the Office 365 cloud services to support education organisations (from both an IT management and user perspective). I really recommend following his...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Office 365 for education - webinar from Microsoft MVP Loryan Strant

    Office 365 for education is our free, cloud-based service, that gives you email through Exchange, collaboration with SharePoint, and document services with Office Web applications (Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint - all running through your browser). You can use it for all kinds of things, from something...
  • Blog Post: How a university saved $1.5m with virtualisation and management tools

    When I left the UK to move to Australia, we'd already had a few years of significant pressure on public sector budgets, and education had taken the hit alongside other sectors. At the time, there was a lot of talk about 'back office functions' as opposed to 'frontline services', and in many cases that...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education case study–Woodleigh School in Victoria

    Last week, when we announced the broad availability of Office 365 for education in Australia, I was overseas, so I didn't manage to post as much information up as I'd hoped. So I'm catching up now – today it's a first Office 365 for education case study in an Australian school. The case study, from our...
  • Blog Post: How quick is it to setup Office 365 for education?

    John Kleeman , founder of Questionmark , is a big SharePoint user, and passionate about the use of SharePoint for assessment in higher education ( you can read more about their work here ). So I follow his SharePoint and Assessment blog – I wanted to share one of his recent blog posts: A couple...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and the Cloud – what it means for education

    There’s recently been a lot of discussion within education about different models of ICT services. Individual universities have tended to use a mix of services provided on-premise and cloud-based services . And newer models of teaching and learning have accelerated the trend towards cloud-based services...
  • Blog Post: The NSW Science ESSA test - the background monitoring service

    Yesterday I wrote “ Why put assessment in the Cloud? ” about the project last year for students in New South Wales in Australia to complete the statutory Science examinations online - replacing a paper-based system that had been used for years. As well as the time-saving and paper-saving, one of the...
  • Blog Post: Why put assessment in the Cloud?

    One of the often-quoted benefits of using Cloud computing is that you can provide for big bursts of activity by using the flexibility of massive datacentres being built around the world for this. And that if you want to use this service, you simply pay for the bit you use. It means that you can activate...
  • Blog Post: OneNote on iPad and iPod - how to use it with the web and PC version for teaching and learning

    Earlier today I wrote about the release of OneNote for iPad and iPod , and I promised I’d describe a scenario of using it in teaching and learning. I’ve tried to describe how it can be used by a teacher to make their teaching easier, share more information with their students, and support out of school...
  • Blog Post: Energy efficient university data centres in Australia

    Reading last week’s Campus Review , there’s an article about the cost of energy, the impact on Australian universities and the fact that computing is a large element of their university electricity usage:   Power bills to force an IT re-think If electricity prices surge post-carbon tax, universities...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - Curtin University moves first

    In the last week of June, we launched Office 365. As the next wave of Cloud-based applications, it’s a service that will grow over time. The first university using Office 365? According to iTnews Curtin University were the first Australian customer to start to move to Office 365, and plan...
  • Blog Post: More Live@edu adopters in schools and universities

    For those of you who missed it, here's the dozen word summary of Live@edu : Free student email, hosted by Microsoft's Exchange 2010 cloud, with a 10GB mailbox The case studies for the Live@edu email service keep coming - this time, it's the Delaware Department of Education and United Arab Emirates University...
  • Blog Post: Integrating a Learning Management System with student email

    itslearning is a Norwegian learning management system (LMS) provider, and their solution is used by millions of students and teachers across schools, colleges and universities around the world. The LMS market has seen rapid development and innovation over the last few years, as technology has changed...
  • Blog Post: Moving to the Cloud saves four schools $20,000 in the first year

    There's no shortage of interesting case studies of schools, colleges and universities moving to the Cloud, to save money and improve the service to students and staff. The one I've just read, of Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts (yep, I had to get the spelling checker going!) , is...
  • Blog Post: Curtin University moves more services to the Cloud with Windows Azure

    First they moved the students' email Every year, in the UK alone, 9,000 USB sticks are lost in the laundry * . How many of them contained a student's thesis? If you were a student at Curtin University from 2009, imagine how pleased you'd be if your email inbox capacity jumped up from 40MB to 10GB, and...
  • Blog Post: What does the NSW data centre consolidation project mean for education?

    The New South Wales government have started to implement their data centre reform programme, with education (specifically, the NSW DET - Department of Education and Training) as one of the key drivers. The government in NSW currently runs around 130 data centres, and to goal is to bring that down to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft licensing changes for hosted and shared services

    The pace of change in licensing - in positive ways for education customers - is speeding up. Hot on the heels of t he EES licensing (which is leaving most customers I'm talking to much better off), we've now announced changes to licensing that will make it easier (and cheaper) to license software as...
  • Blog Post: MIS Magazine's Cloud Computing special

    I have a few spare copies of the March edition of Australian MIS magazine , which is a Cloud computing special. You can see my morning routine perfectly in this picture - get into the office early, then set to on coffee, email and filling my brain with interesting reading before the day shift arrives...
  • Blog Post: DFEEST uses Live@edu

    I was browsing through the list of case studies on the Microsoft website today, and saw that we'd published a case study at the end of January on the adoption of Live@edu for colleges in South Australia . I'm new to Australia, so the story reads a little bit like Alphabetti Spaghetti because of the acronyms...
  • Blog Post: The Lower Cost Cloud - Part Two

    Yesterday I used an example of school examinations to show how IT has to cope with peaks and troughs (where the systems get intensive use for a few weeks each year, and then lie idle for much of the rest). Overnight I got an email from a colleague pointing me towards the video below - which illustrates...
  • Blog Post: The Lower Cost Cloud

    Before I left the UK, I had plenty of meetings and discussions with Microsoft partners and education customers about the impact of Cloud services in education - not just hosted email and collaboration services (like Live@edu), but also the data centre services used by developers and software companies...
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