The Delaware Department of Education announced Tuesday that it is working with Microsoft to bring Microsoft Live@edu, an innovative suite of online communication and collaboration tools, to students, faculty and staff in district and charter schools throughout the state.
"The DTI will initially migrate approximately 20,000 faculty and staff to this no-cost platform in June 2011, with the goal being to move everyone to Live@edu, as well as offer it to the more-than-129,000-student population, over the next two years," Microsoft stated.
Microsoft Live@edu will allow Delaware schools to help reduce operating costs by migrating away from their current on-premises email systems. The Microsoft cloud services also will foster improved productivity, better learning and skills development to help students prepare for their futures.
"With Live@edu, every school district and charter school in the state will have access to the latest programs and innovations, helping to close technology gaps between schools," said Lillian M. Lowery, secretary of Education. "This gives students the tools to collaborate more with their educators, as well as access to applications necessary for 21st-century skills.";
"Beyond just email, the services provided through Live@edu will allow the state to reduce overall support costs and eventually provide a seamless interface with the existing Microsoft platform to access tools such as Microsoft Office and Excel," said Jim Sills, Delaware chief information officer and secretary of DTI.