Googleapps or liveatedu - many questions - please help!
We have a long winded school website - currently 37 letters long - ie not very easy to type - and it's our "official" .sch website as done 5 or so years ago, so can't really be changed.
Emails have been provided for all staff and students based on first name and surname, so if you have a long name, your email address is coming out at bartholomew.featherstone@... over 50 characters long!
We are linked with RM we-learn for our provision of email etc, and many staff do not use we-learn for email as it's in their eyes a clunky system.
How easy would it be to:
buy a new domain, e.g. schoolname.co.uk
use either google apps or liveatedu to provide emails for staff (initially) with a simpler structure of email - email@example.com
So I think this should be do-able -
buying a domain isn't expensive.
Is it easy to show google apps that this is an "official" school website, even though it's not got a .sch and will be used only for emails?
Please reassure me! I'm an ICT teacher with good knowledge of systems, but email settings are not a strong point.
My plan is to set this up asap, move over say a trial of 10 staff to google apps then maybe a term later extend it to all staff, so that by the summer of 2010, all students have migrated over to google apps.
Appreciate any feedback/comments you can give me.