+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
Cloud Services Thread, Office 365 - is it for us? in Technical; I'm just starting to have an explore on the whole Cloud thing and pointers where to look would be mighty ...
  1. #1
    speckytecky's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    2,407
    Thank Post
    3,226
    Thanked 246 Times in 199 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    107

    Office 365 - is it for us?

    I'm just starting to have an explore on the whole Cloud thing and pointers where to look would be mighty handy please.

    We are a Key Stage 3 all boys special school with circa 70 students who have various levels of behavioural and emotional difficulties plus we have circa 50 staff. A small handful of the boys are very IT savvy and sadly some are at the other end of that spectrum.

  2. #2
    speckytecky's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    2,407
    Thank Post
    3,226
    Thanked 246 Times in 199 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    107
    54 viewings so far and no answers. Did I word my question badly - or something? Be gentle I'm older and more fragile than most of you young uns

  3. #3

    ZeroHour's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Posts
    5,582
    Thank Post
    873
    Thanked 1,294 Times in 787 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    437
    Erm it depends on what you would like to do tbh.
    How do you currently deal with email etc?
    Do you have a vle already or is the idea of sharepoint something that interests you?
    How reliable and fast is your internet link?

  4. Thanks to ZeroHour from:

    speckytecky (11th July 2012)

  5. #4
    kernewek-sam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    257
    Thank Post
    60
    Thanked 50 Times in 46 Posts
    Rep Power
    67
    I've just read @GrumbleDook latest blog post here Is Change Really That Hard? | Grumbledook thinks where he mentions https://twitter.com/jamesbmarshall. Not sure if thats what you're looking for though?

  6. Thanks to kernewek-sam from:

    speckytecky (11th July 2012)

  7. #5

    Michael's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    8,946
    Thank Post
    232
    Thanked 1,513 Times in 1,206 Posts
    Rep Power
    328
    I've currently setup three schools to move over to Live@Edu at the end of the month. This is essentially just the e-mail part of the whole package which is being re-branded Office365.

    For the moment I would recommend sticking with the local version of Office 2010 as Office365 is still very new, but maybe just using the e-mail part. This is essentially Exchange Server in the cloud and has been around for considerably longer.

  8. Thanks to Michael from:

    speckytecky (11th July 2012)

  9. #6

    GrumbleDook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Gosport, Hampshire
    Posts
    9,887
    Thank Post
    1,316
    Thanked 1,738 Times in 1,087 Posts
    Blog Entries
    19
    Rep Power
    563
    To some extent the questions you should be asking yourself is around what do they need to a) support the curriculum, b) to help them develop ready for KS4, c) to help the school run as a school and d) what budget / time / expertise do you have to do it?

    In most secondary schools the needs of the students and the needs of the staff overlap quite well, but in some (but not all) secondary special schools this can differ. This is because you have to take into account how the school supports collaboration and shared work with the students, how much effort is needed in school and out of schools to support and keep an eye on what they are doing, the abilities of each child has to be catered for which can be very difficult and not forgetting that the impact of something going wrong can be far larger than in other schools ... especially when it comes to behaviour.

    To be honest, whether you run services in-house or on the cloud makes little difference, apart from perhaps the activity tracking (email filtering, amount of access, etc)

    Using a VLE to control student to student discussions is a good way of tackling some of this as it promotes the appropriate language and attitudes due to being a semi-public space (i.e. the old walled garden!).

    If you look on the TES forums SEN area you will come across a good number of SEN specialists who can give their experience of using various VLEs and tools, and this is likely to be more helpful than a techie conversation.

    Most services can deliver pretty similar functionality but it might be the extra bits, the filtering, the access control, etc that make the difference what you go for.

    I can't see any reason why Office365 wouldn't be a good thing to use ... but, like every tool out there, if not planned or used right then it can be a problem ... not the fault of the technology really, more the application of it.

    HTH

  10. Thanks to GrumbleDook from:

    speckytecky (11th July 2012)

  11. #7
    hit
    hit is offline
    hit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    London
    Posts
    321
    Thank Post
    47
    Thanked 50 Times in 48 Posts
    Rep Power
    50
    Hi @speckytecky. I'm a network manager for 5 SEBD and PRU schools and we did trial cloud computing at one with very little success! It boils down to (as you probably are well aware) if it doesn't work straight away then all hell breaks loose. On one occasion when we lost our connection mid lesson one student got so miffed at losing his work chairs and tables went flying and the reinforced LCD display proved to be not as strong as the manufacturer claimed.

    Just saying!

  12. Thanks to hit from:

    speckytecky (11th July 2012)

  13. #8

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    2
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0
    Agree with some of the responses. It depends on what you want to do with 'The Cloud'. My recommendation would be to write down what you want, then look at Office 365 and see if one of your needs lands in the Office 365 bucket of services.

    My guess is that you would surely utilize Exchange Online and SharePoint Online piece of O365. If you can get your current user's email exported to individual .pst files, migration (email) to Office 365 is very manageable.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Is it possible to setup live@ / office 365 without dns or mx changes.
    By edutech4schools in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 7th March 2012, 01:40 PM
  2. [MS Office - 2003] Is it worth installing the Service Packs for MS Office 2003
    By Richard_Finnigan in forum Office Software
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 22nd February 2009, 06:49 PM
  3. Target Tracker without MS Office! Is it possible!
    By CM786 in forum Educational Software
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 5th May 2007, 07:53 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •