Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free.
Moodle 2.0 integration to Live@edu
Moodlerooms has developed an integration connecting Microsoft’s Live@edu services and Moodle. With this integration, Moodlerooms makes the rich functionality of Live@edu directly accessible within the Moodle 2.x and 1.9 environments via single sign-on.
Microsoft Live@edu makes hosted email, communications and collaboration services freely available to educational institutions. Now benefitting over 22 million people worldwide, Live@edu provides access to Microsoft Outlook Live (email), a series of Microsoft Office web applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and Windows Live SkyDrive (online storage).
The Microsoft Live Services Block provides an integration with Windows Live Services allowing users to log into courses using their Windows Live ID and display Live Services on a Moodle site. Users can see and create emails and calendar events with Live@edu, Outlook Live or Windows Live Hotmail, and (if you want) access Windows Live Messenger chat, Bing search and more within a course.
Where do I get the Moodle plugin from?
The module is released under a GPL open source licence, and you can download the free plug in here. This Moodlerooms release not only includes a new plug-in for Moodle 2.0, but also updates the Moodle 1.9 plug-in released two years ago.