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Jared microsoft, epals

  1. 1. Microsoft, ePals team up on collaborative tools<br />By Jared<br />
  2. 2. Under the terms of the alliance, epals this fall will add Microsoft’s Live@edu<br />
  3. 3. Sometime early next year, epals users will have access to the web-based versions of Microsoft Office<br />
  4. 4. For microsoft, the deal help it address several key concerns such as security they have kept some educators from using “cloud based” software. <br />
  5. 5. Epals customers will be able to take advantage of popular productivity software.<br />
  6. 6. The deal seems to make sense for both companies, and it could benefit schools as well.<br />
  7. 7. Integrating Microsoft software into the epalsLearning Space will involve adding the kinds of policy-management tools to these applications that have made epals so popular among educators.<br />
  8. 8. A teacher could specify that he or she must review any documents before they can be emailed or shared with another class across the globe.<br />
  9. 9. Epals users will have access to online versions of popular Microsoft software within a secure learning environment.<br />
  10. 10. Several epals customers said that their students much more often now that they’re using collaborative tools in their classes.<br />
  11. 11. This could help faster the kinds of 21st century skills that today’s employers say they’re looking for hiring.<br />
  12. 12. Adding their kinds of policy-management capabilities to Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity software could facilitate communication and collaboration in K-12 classrooms dramatically.<br />
  13. 13. When using the online version of Microsoft Word within the epals Learning Space could set up a policy rule specifying when a document is created, it should be routed automatically to another student for his or her peer review<br />
  14. 14. It could help increase the amount of writing that students do in class.<br />
  15. 15. The Epals Learning Space provides safe virtual workspaces for school that include email, blogs, wikis, shared portfolios, media galleries, and language in 35 languages.<br />
  16. 16. Integrating Live@edu into its platform will bring additional capabilities to epals school mail.<br />
  17. 17. Live@edu is a free suite of online tools, based on the familiar office applications many people use today.<br />
  18. 18. The solution will allow schools to set up sophisticated policy-based controls that regulate which students and teachers can email.<br />
  19. 19. A familiar outlook interface on both mobile phones and computers, as well as dynamic distribution groups.<br />
  20. 20. The solution will also allow schools to share information with each other for security purposes.<br />

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