This is a web based email system offered by Microsoft to the education community. For a very Microsoft view on what they offer it’s worth going to http://www.microsoft.com/liveatedu/free-hosted-student-email.aspx, but as a quick overview this is what we are offering our students
• 10 GB Mail area
• 25 GB Skydrive (an online storage solution)
• Office Live
• Ties in very well to smart phones be they Iphones or windows based ones
For how its been used please see http://lrt.mmu.ac.uk/podcast/2010/01/21/more-on-case-study-1/
I believe the strength of this tool is not the email but the other tools such as SkyDrive, Bloggs and Office Live. In this Blog I will just address what can be done with Office live and will return to the other tools at a later date
The OfficeLIve tool allows students to use templates that can act as aids. Below is just an example of some of the templates available
Improve your grades using a contact list, date list, class notes, essay outline, and syllabus.
Manage your term paper or thesis with a term paper outline, thesis template, milestone list, and more.
Plan a successful event with an invitation, flyer, agenda, attendee list, to-do list, and more.
Share a to-do list, contact list, grocery list, and more with family members or housemates.
Job Search Workspace
Organize your job search using an interview schedule, preparation notes, cover letter, resume template, and more.
Improve productivity using meeting notes, minutes archive, attendee list, and a to-do list.
Manage your project with a schedule, participant list, presentation template, to-do list, and more.
Organize your school information using a semester schedule, contact list, and more.
Sports Team Workspace
Share a team roster, season schedule, snack schedule, and more with players, parents, and fans.
Study Group Workspace
Manage your study group using meeting notes, an event list, a report template, and more.
Manage your business trip or vacation using a packing list, trip itinerary, checklist, and more.
As you can see the templates cover useful and and it must be said some not so useful. But its ability to allow collaboration ties everything together. Students and staff can share Work-spaces with named individuals invited by email. So for example say a group was undertaking a group assignment they could use the assignment template and a workspace dedicated to that assignment. Set dead lines, and other milestones allowing all of them to work in the same area see how the differing parts are progressing. Peer pressure would make ensure the work was being done as all the group could see all the files as students would not be able to say yes its coming along!