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Everything you need to know about Office 365 Education

I’ve been working with the education team at Microsoft for over 3 years now. In that time the education landscape, from a technology perspective, has changed massively. It’s almost unrecognisable. The challenges and aspirations have evolved, the technology has matured, and it’s easy to forget just how much there is to know! To make it a bit easier, in association with PC Pro Magazine, we’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know about Office 365 Education.

Everything you need to know about Office 365 Education

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Deploying and Managing Office 365 ProPlus

It’s a very exciting time to be an Office 365 Education customer. Student Advantage availability is just around the corner, and we’ve put a few posts up discussing how to get it, but it’s also important to consider how you’ll be deploying and managing Office 365 ProPlus.

Deploying and Managing Office 365 ProPlus

My colleague across the water, Mark Garcia, recently put a post up covering the various options for deploying Office 365 ProPlus, but I found this deck which I thought I would also share for you to view and download (there are videos in the deck).… Visit the author's original post

How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education? (Part Three)

In part one of this little trio I talked about how institutions who already have Office 365 Education can get access to Student Advantage, and in part two I looked at how students access the benefit. In this final part I’ll look at what you need to do to if you don’t already have Office 365 Education.

How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?

Office 365 ProPlus, which is the “proper name” for Student Advantage, is delivered through Office 365 Education.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 Education: Teaching and Learning Scenario – Lync

Guest blog post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs.

Ramandeep has been absent from school for five weeks following a road accident. Recovery is slow, and there’s still no firm date for her return. The school sends work home with her brother, but, as she tells her mum, she feels more and more cut off.

‘I just don’t feel I go to that school any more. I sometimes think they’ve forgotten me. When I first had the accident it was all fuss, and visits, and flowers and chocolates.

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How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education? (Part 2)

In our last post, we looked at how an institution can associate Student Advantage licences with an existing Office 365 Education tenant. Today, we'll answer the question “how do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?” from a student perspective.

Once an institution has allocated the Office 365 ProPlus licences that underpin the Student Advantage benefit students will not necessarily see anything different in their experience of Office 365. So, in the spirit of sharing, here are a couple of ideas for how to spread the word:

  • Send an email to all students informing them of the new software available to them.
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How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?

With a little under a month until Student Advantage becomes available (that's December 1st, put it in the diary!) one of the questions I am getting asked most frequently is: how do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?

I’m going to cover this off in two posts, this first one to discuss how to get Student Advantage added to your existing Office 365 Education tenant. The second post will be a student-view; how to access and download the software.… Visit the author's original post

Join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage

Since the recent announcement introducing Student Advantage almost a fortnight ago we’ve been inundated with questions. I’m super excited at the response to the news. As a result, we’d like you to join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage at midday (GMT) on 31/10 on Twitter.

Live Q&A

We’ll be tracking your questions and conversation on all things Student Advantage on the #SAFAQ hashtag. The two accounts to follow are @ukeducloud and @microsofteduk.

We’ll kick off at 12pm, midday, GMT and we’ll be around “live” for an hour.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft offers students at eligible educational institutions access to full Office productivity suite for no additional cost

As part of our on-going commitment to education, we are thrilled to announce Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions which will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office at their education institution and at home.

Student Advantage - Office 365 ProPlus

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So what does this mean? From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost.… Visit the author's original post

Live@edu – End of an Era

It gives me great pleasure in announcing that we have now completed the Live@edu Upgrade program to Office 365. In the course of just a year, we have upgraded over 9 Million users, equating to 5000 customers; this has been no small feat by our engineering teams, nor our customers and a little celebration is definitely in order.

Looking back over the road map for Live@edu you can see that Microsoft has always invested heavily in Education, ensuring that the services available to the academic sector are at the forefront of innovation.… Visit the author's original post

Middlesex University drives IT efficiency. Find out how at Oxford Computer Group’s free summit!

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In Education, the IT landscape is rapidly changing. Schools, colleges and universities need to provide IT more efficiently; supporting applications and services on-premise and in the Cloud, using modern devices. But what does it take to embrace modern IT and exploit its many benefits?

Join Oxford Computer Group and other HE organisations, for a free summit. You’ll hear how to support modern IT in education and learn how to develop your roadmap. With high profile speakers from Microsoft and a case study from Middlesex University, Oxford Computer Group’s eighth annual summit will be a highly valuable and informative event.… Visit the author's original post

Getting Connected is Still A Matter of Degrees

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 37 percent of Americans without a high school diploma are connected with home broadband Internet compared to 89 percent of Americans with a college degree. We need to rethink broadband in America as we consider modernization of the E-rate program.

If you are reading this article, you are in the 70 percent of Americans that are most likely to be connected to the Internet. In the year 2013, we still have a digital equity gap in Americans connected to the new economy.… Visit the author's original post

How to Avoid Expensive Network Upgrades in Education

At a number of conferences that I have spoken at lately, I have shared that we are not likely to see less technology adoption and usage in education. In fact, we should see considerably more. However, some technologies are causing our networks to overload with unnecessary traffic.

Bandwidth Analysis for Windows vs ChromeOS

Microsoft recently commissioned a report to evaluate the network patterns of netbooks running ChromeOS and notebooks running Windows 8 from Principled Technologies. The report found what should be obvious—an Internet-only device will produce more traffic than a Windows 8 device.… Visit the author's original post

Top 10 Tips for Office 365 Education

Earlier this year I wrote 10 blog posts, each covering one of my top tips for Office 365 Education. As schools, colleges and universities across the country reconvene for the start of a new term, I thought it would be helpful to summarise my top 10 tips for Office Education in one handy place.

Office 365 is constantly evolving with new features being added, and existing features being improved; not to mention the fact that it is free to education.… Visit the author's original post

The Start of my Office 365 Education Journey

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs.

One of the first things I did when I decided to learn more about the capabilities of Office 365 Education was to have a meeting with Alex Pearce of BFC Networks.

Alex is always good value – generous with his time and knowledge. He’s also the kind of person who doesn’t raise his eyebrows and sigh when you ask the question that reveals you haven’t understood what he’s just told you.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50GB FREE

It’s turning out to be a bumper week for Office 365 Education updates. Earlier this week it was announced that SkyDrive Pro was increasing the default storage quota from 7 GB to 25 GB and starting from now Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50 GB FREE!

When will I see my mailboxes get bigger?

Stephen Brown, a product manager on the Exchange team, made the announcement yesterday on the Office 365 technology blog that the increased quota would be rolling out from yesterday through to November so keep an eye out for the bigger quota over the next few weeks and months.… Visit the author's original post

SkyDrive Pro storage increases making it even better for storing and sharing class work

For me, Office 365 Education just keeps getting better and better. SkyDrive Pro, part of Office 365 Education Plan A21, is cloud storage for education, and is the place where students and teachers can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. To date SkyDrive Pro has offered institutions 7GB of cloud storage per user but yesterday Mark Kashman and Tejas Mehta, senior product managers in the SharePoint team, announced that the SkyDrive pro storage increases making it even better for storing and sharing class work.… Visit the author's original post

The Power of Educators

As the school year begins, I often wonder if we as a community know how powerful educators are.  I know the word power can evoke many thoughts (and I really don’t want to touch on all the ones I don’t mean) – but what I mean is the power of influence in a child’s life.  Educators have the power to tear down or raise up their students.  I have had both types in my life, and both the positive and negative types inspire me in my own teaching style. … Visit the author's original post

Windows Azure Active Directory Connector Release Candidate Available Now

The DirSync team and the FIM Sync team are pleased to announce that we have released the Release Candidate of the Windows Azure Active Directory (AAD) Connector on Connect for pre-release evaluation. This replaces the Office 365 Connector which has earlier been available only through MCS and partner engagements.

This new Connector is based on ECMA2 and is the same we use in recent releases of DirSync. It is intended to be used when DirSync is not a viable option. We still recommend to use DirSync as the primary solution to synchronize AD to AAD and use it whenever possible.… Visit the author's original post

Flipping the classroom, the wrong way

Bill Nye The Science Guy shows an experiment on how air pressure works in a “flipping the classroom-movie”.  I saw it on sophia.org, a website that wants to help teachers and students to learn by using the flipped classrooms principle. But if this one movie is representative of the rest, I am quite concerned about the quality of our education.

Flipping the classroom is NOT about video!

The movie looks fantastic. You can notice that Bill Nye is professional presenter and he has perfect skills to entertain .… Visit the author's original post

Best Kept Secret Series: Windows Live MovieMaker

Well, the busyness of life and school took over and I didn’t’ fulfill my goal of blogging once a week.  Time is slowing down a bit, however, and, therefore, I will begin a new my goal of sharing one of Microsoft’s free resources once a week.  So, let’s begin again…

Windows Live MovieMaker is a Microsoft’s free movie editing software.  Almost everyone I know has heard of MovieMaker so featuring it in the Best Kept Secret series may seem silly, but I have good reason. … Visit the author's original post

Office Mobile available for iPhone and Android Phones

Over on the Office blog there have been a couple of announcements. If you’ve got an Office 365 subscription (A3 or A4, or the Office ProPlus subscription and others) then you can now get Office Mobile for Android Phones and the iPhone!

Office Mobile is the official companion to Microsoft Office. Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes. When you make edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and layout remain intact.… Visit the author's original post

Make Your Collages Interactive by ThingLink

Retrieved July 23, 2013 from here
is a free and user-friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. It enables you to create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. You can include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. You can easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website.
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The Service Upgrade

Over the course of the year until the end of September 2013, we are going to be rolling out the new Office 365 Education service to existing customers who are on the “pre-upgrade Office 365”. 

The service upgrade for Office 365 will deliver exciting new features, including:

The new Office

  • If you have purchased a subscription to Office, you will get the clean, new look; expanded support for smartphones and tablets, all delivered with the new, fast, Click-to-run deployment technology.
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SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS

Sneaking in at the tail end of last week Senior Product Manager for SharePoint, Mark Kashman (@mkashman) announced over on the Office 365 technology blog that SkyDrive Pro apps are now available for Windows 8 and Apple iOS for SharePoint Online users in Office 365.

Both apps are available in their respective Windows Store and Apple App Stores NOW!

Learn more about SkyDrive Pro app for Windows 8 and SkyDrive Pro app for iOS on Office.com.

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Leesvoer 2013-06-19 12:41:02

For weeks I’ve been writing and re-writing the same blog post about ICT at school. Because how you can I formulate a call to use more ICT, while you making clear that it is actually NOT  about the technology. How can a nuance that the we must be cautious about the commercialisation of education, without putting brakes on ICT investment

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Tablets don’t make you any smarter

If I have to believe the media,  “tablet or laptop schools” have removed all books and paper and only work with their 1:1 devices.… Visit the author's original post