Office 365 for Education
Empower teachers and students with online learning tools, email, web sites, online document editing, messaging and web conferencing.
Transform the learning experience with Office 365
Education establishments aim to achieve an enriched learning and teaching experience that engages students and extends beyond the classroom. Having tools in place to enable students to connect to learning resources anytime, anyplace is key to achieving this. Office 365 for education delivers anytime, anywhere access to a range of educational collaboration and communication tools and enables education establishments to create a dynamic learning experience in and outside of the classroom. As a cloud based tool, students and educators can access email, Microsoft Office suite, One Note, One Drive plus much more from any device – creating a dynamic and interactive learning experience and supporting students and teachers to communicate and collaborate easily to achieve more
Smartschools Office 365 Service
Smartschools offer a complete end-to-end Office 365 Service, supporting education establishments every step of the way.
The first stage of moving to Office 365 is to complete a review of the existing IT infrastructure and email provision, to identify any technical barriers. This is achieved through using specialist technologies to perform a discovery on an education establishments existing software and hardware infrastructure.
Education solution design
Using the information gathered during discovery, Smartschools will design an Office 365 solution that meets your specific learning and teaching needs. The process for synchronisation and migration will be defined with a clear project timeframe and detail of the tasks to be undertaken.
This includes a cleanse of existing email addresses and user profiles to ensure they are compliant with Office 365, set up of the Office 365 cloud server, application of free licences to user accounts and synchronisation of user accounts from the Active Directory to Office 365.
Office 365 Migration
The first step is to carry out test migration using a selection of staff and student user profiles from the existing infrastructure to the new Microsoft cloud solution. This will ensure all the requirements for each stage of the migration are identified and minimise any disruption during the go-live process.
Smartschools synchronise all the user accounts from the Active Directory and migrate to the new Microsoft cloud solution. This will ensure all groups, contacts, resources and passwords are automatically synchronised to Office 365.
Training & support
On completion of the migration to Office 365, the Smartschool team support the students and staff on-site with any queries they may have and to help with any go-live issues. On-site, remote or group training sessions can also be delivered by Smartschools education specialists on how to use the Office 365 tools, tailored to your learning and teaching needs.
To support the use of Office 365 and to bring learning to life, Smartschools offer classroom bundles, including the latest teacher and student devices and professional development training.
“Capita provided the technical expertise we needed to migrate to Office 365 for email and storage. The project was managed by the Capita team expertly, answering any questions I had and ensuring the project timescales were on track. Knowing the Capita team had it in hand, I could concentrate on my day to day job. The migration was completed with no issues over a weekend meaning no disruption to the learning environment at Haringey”
Rob Thomas, Principal, Haringey 6th Form Centre
Benefits of Office 365 for Education
Microsoft Office 365 for Education is designed and created especially to transform the learning experience, with Smartschools and Office 365, educational establishments can achieve this.
Extended teaching & learning
Microsoft Office 365 enables students to learn from anywhere when they need to. It offers the ability to create, share and collaborate on documents in and outside the classroom from a mobile, tablet, laptop or PC, keeping everyone organised and up to date with assignments and projects.
Collaborative teaching & learning
With Office 365 students can benefit from an interactive, personalised and collaborative learning experience. Offering a range of tools that enable staff to create interactive lessons and assignments, provide instant feedback and allow students to work on the same document together – it really is collaborative and engaging learning.
Always up to date
There is no need to worry about updating the Office package, as a cloud based solution students and staff have access to the latest version of Office applications, features and services.
With Office 365 you students and educators achieve extended learning and ensures security and privacy of student and staff data, with a secure cloud based solution.
Develops skills for the future
Office is used in many workplaces on a daily basis and is one of the key employment skills. Using Office 365 in throughout the learning experience, supports students in developing skills for higher education and application in the workplace.
Introducing LP 365
Learning Possibilities is one of the largest Learning Management Systems (LMS) platform providers in the UK and Ireland, specialising in enterprise and Microsoft Office 365 based LMS for schools globally. The company‘s platform - LP+365 on the Microsoft cloud, enables schools to transform Office 365 into their LMS. Smartschools' exclusive partnership with Learning Possibilities offers schools throughout the Ireland the opportunity to have a ‘virtual school’ experience that enables teachers and students to collaborate anytime, anywhere.