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    Internal messaging system?????

    Does anyone use any form of internal messaging system to send messages to/from the school office to teachers in class? Was thinking it might be a nice idea to have a client on the teachers PC similar to Windows Messenger that pops up if there's a new message from the office (or from another teacher).

    Preferably free Also preferably a system which is strictly for internal use only, so Windows messenger would not be a solution.

    Thanks in advance.

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    have a look at spark messenger Ignite Realtime: Spark IM Client and openfire (server) runs on windows quite happily i just wrote a script to copy file to the pcs i wanted it on and copied to start menu

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    If you have exchange then it is very quick internally and outlook will popup an alert - but expensive if you do not have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InspireICT View Post
    Does anyone use any form of internal messaging system to send messages to/from the school office to teachers in class?
    Email? You could set up a stand-alone email server and assign addresses to each classroom or machine.

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    I tested Achat a little while ago. bit like msn messenger.

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    Microsoft has a solution used to be called something like "MS communication server" but it renamed to something else recently... lynch or something like that (never tried it myself)

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    Quote Originally Posted by p858snake View Post
    Microsoft has a solution used to be called something like "MS communication server" but it renamed to something else recently... lynch or something like that (never tried it myself)
    Lync.

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010 - Microsoft UK Medium Business Centre

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    iSAMS has its own chat facility.

    You can chat with anyone that is logged on - quite useful for quick support issues eg where do I find the ...., how do I .....

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    We use Google Chat - part of our Google Apps domain.

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    vote for Lync here, does all sorts of other marvelous stuff too.

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    You can send messages through SIMS. Set them to high priority and they beep loudly every time a teacher opens the homepage until they read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    You can send messages through SIMS. Set them to high priority and they beep loudly every time a teacher opens the homepage until they read it.
    I looked into this sort of thing a while back (but didn't find anything anywhere near as useful as the suggestions above). The primary reason for it was so that the office staff could ping the teachers to remind them to log into SIMS and do their registers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I looked into this sort of thing a while back (but didn't find anything anywhere near as useful as the suggestions above). The primary reason for it was so that the office staff could ping the teachers to remind them to log into SIMS and do their registers!
    Registers are a legal requirement! you need to remind teachers how to do their job by messaging them! FFS

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    My choice would be an XMPP server like those available at jabberd14 or jabberd2
    XMPP is the same protocol that Google Talk runs over. Once you have a server running you can you a whole bunch of windows clients (e.g. pidgin) to send messages as well as have group chats.

    I think this is the only answer so far that addresses all of your requirements,

    * Internal messaging system
    * Client similar to Windows Messenger
    * Popup alerts
    * Free
    * Strictly for internal use only

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    Johnny Jones in Year 6 works for me. There's no way anyone is going to ignore him

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