The Best Things in Life Are Free! Part 3

With the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I’d use this post to conclude the walkthrough series on setting up Office 365 for Education (and for free!). That’s an email service for staff and students on their own school domain, 1TB of cloud storage per user, shared collaborative spaces (virtual staffroom/classrooms) cross-school and cross-platform, free gratis! The only possible stumbling block was setup and hence this trilogy of…

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The Best Things in Life Are Free! Part 2

Last month in my post The Best Things in Life Are Free!, I highlighted how both teachers and students can download and install the full Office Suite (For both tablet and PC) for free once their school/academic institution has a valid volume license for Office 365 or Office Professional. In fact, even in the absence of the said license they can still avail of all the online office apps and…

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The Best Things in Life Are Free!

I’ll keep going and roll out all the clichés ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’, ‘You get what you pay for’, ‘Pay peanuts and you get monkeys’, I could go on… instead however, I just want to remind readers, that on occasion, you can indeed (legally) acquire valuable digital tools free gratis and an excellent illustration of same is Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office suite AKA Office 365. Whilst this…

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6 Ways to Share Files in School

Leading on from a question from a colleague of mine about storing files so that all the staff in the school could access and share them, I thought I’d look at a few options that are out there. Since the advent of cloud computing there are now several ways to do this so we’ll take a look at five popular options that other schools are using. 1. Dropbox Dropbox was…

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Our Office in the Cloud

I have written previously on this blog of the obvious merits of cloud computing for education You really can’t argue that a move to cloud based applications and services is a no-brainer for all cash-strapped schools, not alone are there considerable cost savings but the functionality promised by the cloud  far out strips traditional standalone software.  It’s hard to imagine in today’s connected world that it was just back in…

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Live@edu–Free Tools for Schools from MS

One of the great free resources for schools from Microsoft is Live@edu. This is a cloud-based service and it allows teachers and schools to deploy a full e-mail, calendar, tasks and office tools without the need for any software installation. As it is a cloud-based service it is accessible anywhere and at any time and can be used collaboratively to share documents, PowerPoint presentations, calendars etc. The Outlook web app…

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Get on the Cloud with Tmail & Windows Live

Ever since the early days of the TeachNet Learning Blog many of our contributors have written extensively about the benefits of using cloud based services in education. Not alone are the tools on offer easy to use, offer flexibility and functionality beyond their desktop equivalents, most popular services are freely available so for cash strapped schools it’s a real no brainer. In this context the TeachNet team are excited to…

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Dropbox. A Great App For Teachers

​It’s becoming increasingly common for computer users  to have important files living on multiple PCs. The challenge is keeping these files synced across various systems—without the need to e-mail anything to yourself or carry a USB drive. That’s where Dropbox comes in. This cloud-based service’s cross-platform compatibility, file versioning, and a free iPhone app make it one of the most well-rounded syncing solutions available. Dropbox offers users an online backup…

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