• Microsoft Education White Paper - Baby steps into the Cloud

    Gerald Haigh, an education writer and journalist, is also an ex-head teacher and as a result he still has close contacts within many education establishments. It was because of this that we asked him to interview a wide group of people about the use of Cloud services in education, which meant understanding what's going on today, as well as what the future might look like. The results of this work is now available as a white paper - "Baby steps into the Cloud - ICT as a service for education"

    We think that in the future you're likely to see a more dynamic mix between on-site IT systems and cloud-based ones. And this white paper is designed to help identify, discuss and address some of the key considerations as more choices become available.

    To read more and get the white paper please check out the Microsoft Schools Blog

    This article was brought to your in partnership with the Microsoft UK Schools Blog
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    1. PiqueABoo's Avatar
      PiqueABoo -
      I skimmed that the other day and thought it was largely a fluffy Live@Edu piece, however this caught my eye: "Others point to specific steps forward – for example, with Microsoft® Office 365 for education, seeing SharePoint in the Cloud, and integration of Live@edu with virtual learning environments and with management information systems.".

      Plus I thought we already have some VLE integration, but I suppose that means *more* VLE integration. BTW last month RM announced that future Kaleidos will integrate with L@E.

      And I had an issue or two with this re. a different style of ICT Management: "“Not losing control but releasing control – trusting the students, moving away from the mentality that wants to lock everything down.” Won't affect my approach to local lockdown at all because local machines and apps still need to keep working... and I'm looking forward to the Live@Edu to OfE transition for the same basic reason as some other folk have cited, it promises you the ability to *manage* the online Office apps and (Sharepoint) document storage.
    1. RobMongoose's Avatar
      RobMongoose -
      An interesting enough paper. As @PiqueABoo said, seems to be a bit of a Live@Edu fluff peice, but the points being made are valid.

      I personally prefer the Google based services as I think that Gmail, Google Cal and Picasa are all superior to the MS alternatives, and I like the way they integrate nicely with other services such as my iPhone calendar and mail. I just wish Google would quit stalling and open up a decent storage solution that equals Skydrive.