Battle in the Cloud – What productivity suite is best for Education?

I (And other contributors) have written at length previously here about the undeniable benefits of cloud based tools and applications in the classroom. Granted, these have been primarily based on Office 365 but Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity suite isn’t the only game in town, In fact, Google’s G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Education) was the ground breaker, launching its online office suite back in 2006. Jump forward twelve years on and the…

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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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Data Protection and laptop security

Storing data on the ‘Cloud’ is encouraged as a convenient and easy way to access data on any computer/laptop that has internet access. It is common for teachers to use dropbox, skydrive and Google Drive to save plans and other data relevant to school. Teachers and school management must realise that the “schools, as is the case with any person or organisation handling personal data, must comply with the Data…

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Get On My Cloud!

I read with interest Clifford Brown’s recent blog post about Microsoft’s Live@Edu, ‘Live@edu–Free Tools for Schools from MS’, one of the most comprehensive suites of cloud based tools available currently. Undoubtedly such services are a no-brainer for all budget conscious schools, not alone are there considerable cost savings but the functionality promised by the cloud  far out strips traditional standalone software. Considering the phenomenal growth of cloud based services in…

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Cloud Computing for Schools – The Way Up

At the 3rd International Workshop on Cloud Computing in Ontario, Canada, in 2009, Greg Olson argued: “If a restaurant was growing its own food, slaughtering its own animals, generating its own power, collecting rainwater, and processing its own sewage, we would all think they were idiots for not using ready-made services” (Litoiu & Iszlai, 2009). Each of the approx. 4,100 independent primary schools in Ireland is operating its own individual…

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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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Cloud Computing for Administration

Below is an extract from my article “Head in the Clouds” which won the most influential blog post of 2009 in the Edublog Awards.  The full article can be seen here. Over the last couple of years, the term “Cloud Computing” has been buzzing around in the techie world.  Inevitably, it buzzes into the education world at some point.  And yes, it’s starting to cause a bit of a stir. …

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Get into the MESH!

​Trying to keep files synched between home and work PCs is a difficult task at the best of times which usually involves a plethora of memory sticks that are all too easily lost and is dependant on remembering to update, If the process above rings bells for you personally maybe its time to tap into the synching possibilities of cloud computing. For nearly a year now I’ve been using the…

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