Office 365 for education is our free, cloud-based service, that gives you email through Exchange, collaboration with SharePoint, and document services with Office Web applications (Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint - all running through your browser). You can use it for all kinds of things, from something simple like providing your school email servers, to complex scenarios like running your website and customising parental communications; or delivering courses across the internet using a combination of video and audio conferencing, collaboration in SharePoint and access for external users.
But as with many technology projects, sometimes you just need a little help to work out the best way to start (because sometimes, just going to the website and signing up for a free service isn't going to help you get the most benefit from it in the long-term). So here's some help:
Loryan Strant, who's a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Office 365, is running a weekly webinar on Office 365 for education in Australia over the next couple of months (I'm guessing that material from his book on implementing Office 365 might help him prepare!).
Loryan runs Paradyne, who were a finalist for Microsoft Online Services Partner of the Year for the last two years, and was responsible for one of the first deployments of Office 365 for education in Australia, at Woodleigh School.
The free webinars are an hour long, and run at 10AM (AEST) every Tuesday between now and the end of March. Here's how Loryan describes the session:
Here is your opportunity to get the ins and outs of this fantastic program [Office 365 for education] that will benefit your school immensely. Imagine how wonderful it would be to offload non mission-critical mailboxes to Microsoft to run for you? Or for students and teachers to collaborate with video conferencing and sharing across campus, from home, or even across the world!
Make sure you attend this webinar to learn about Office 365, how schools are using it, and how you can become a school of the future.
The dates are 15, 22, 29 of January; 5, 12, 19, 26 February; and 5, 12, 19, 26 March. So you can either get in quick, and join one of the webinars before term starts; or finish off your projects, get the first couple of weeks behind you, and then join late Feb or early March.