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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Saving to the Cloud for free

Anytime, anywhere access to your files is an important feature of computing today. The days of carrying a USB stick from home to school with Lesson Plans, Notes and Schemes should be a thing of the past! Files accessed and modified on a computer or tablet in school can be accessed from home if the files are stored using one of the many cloud storage services that are available for…

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Schools take Advantage of the Cloud with Office 365

Office 365 for Education is providing schools with free email service for staff and students on their own school web addresses. Additionally staff and students will avail of free file storage which can substantially reduce costs and responsibilities on the school IT systems, a secure web space to facilitate staff sharing and collaboration, and a standardised software platform for everyone in the school available on all platforms and devices. When…

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ClassFlow – Cloud Based Lesson Creation and Presentation Tools from Promethean

All of the major technology players, Microsoft, Apple, Google etc. have been moving their technologies and software over to cloud based computing systems for the creation, storage and backup of different forms of media created on various devices – computers, laptops, netbooks, tablets and even the humble mobile phone. So it comes as no great surprise that the major interactive whiteboard technology companies such as Promethean and Smart have begun…

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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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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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Tagxedo – the next generation of wordclouds

A few months back, I published a post on the Teachnet Learning Blog entitled ‘Wordclouds in Education’, which focused primarily on Wordle. Recently a new wordcloud application has emerged, called Tagxedo. The range of options available in Tagxedo for customisation is very impressive and it has expanded upon the capabilities of wordcloud generators that have gone before it (the creator of Wordle has referred to Tagxedo as “Wordle – the…

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Cloud Computing

 Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Podcast In this podcast host Clifford Brown is joined by Brian Daly, second-level teacher at Adamstown Community College, Simon Lewis, Principal of Carlow Educate Together NS and Sam Lyons of Cloudiscope, to discuss Cloud Computing and it’s relevance to education. During this discussion our panel tries to demystify the whole notion of the cloud, identify some of the key tools…

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