Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Free Cloud Apps for Educational Institutes: Schools, Colleges, Universities

Why schools, colleges & universities around the world are moving to the free Cloud Computing Applications? What are the benefits of moving to the cloud? What are the pre-requisites for moving to the free education cloud apps?

Best & Free Cloud Apps for Educational Institutes

  • Google Apps Education Edition
  • Microsoft Live@edu

A Small Sample of Schools using Google Apps Education Cloud


  • Free of cost, robust service.
  • Branding of your institute (school, college or university) as you’ve a custom domain e-Mail Ids with your school/college/university name as suffix (Say your institute’s domain name is then your students will have e-Mail Ids like
  • Enterprise class hosted e-Mail: the quality of e-Mail service, collaboration tools & storage services are better than any of the available paid on-premise services. (I guess!)
  • Quick & Effective Communication with Anytime Anywhere Access.
  • Collaborate globally: Collaboration tools leads to collective intelligence & creativity as students may work on their project document at the same time.
  • Help teachers (& students) in organizing their classroom presentations and schedules.
  • No maintenance cost.
  • Security will be taken care of by the provider.
  • Privacy: Google Apps is in compliance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). I am not so sure about Live@Edu.
  • Go Green: You’ll save on notebooks, papers, printing etc.
  • Easy to deploy.
  • Finally, you choose any one of them & your institute is associating itself with one of the most respected global IT brands.

A Brief List of Schools, Colleges, Universities & State Education Departments already on Cloud Apps:

Google Apps Education Edition Deployments 

  • Oregon Department of Education (USA)
  • University of Southern California (USA)
  • Arizona State University (USA)
  • University of Notre Dame (USA)
  • XIM – Bhubaneshwar (India)
  • IT-BHU (India)
  • FMS, the University of Delhi (India)
  • New South Wales Department of Education and Training (Australia)
  • Open University Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • University of Cape Town - Graduate School of Business (South Africa)
  • Alexandria University (Egypt)
  • Riyadh College of Technology (Saudi Arabia)
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Ciencias (Mexico)
  • HCMC University of Technology (Vietnam)
  • University of Batangas (Philippines)
  • Politeknik Kesehatan Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

The above image shows a small sample of Schools going Google…

Microsoft Live@edu Deployments

Update - April 12, 2012: Microsoft Corp. and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) announced that AICTE is deploying Microsoft Live@edu over the next three months to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India. The cloud deployment will expand students’ access to high-quality technical education and collaboration. Live@edu will reach to AICTE’s more than 7 million students and nearly 500,000 faculty members — roughly double the size of the Los Angeles population — making AICTE Microsoft’s largest cloud customer ever.

  • University of Aberdeen (UK)
  • University of Ulster (Ireland)
  • Ohio State University (USA)
  • Modern School Vasant Vihar New Delhi (India)
  • Shree Chanakya Education Society (SCES), Pune (India)
  • University of Queensland (Australia)
  • The Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM) (Spain)
  • Government of the state of São Paulo, (Brazil)
  • Kentucky Department of Education(USA)
  • Ionis Education Group (France)
  • Canadore College (Canada)
  • Università della Calabria (Italy)
  • Naresuan University (Thailand)
  • National Aviation University (Ukrain)

One of the case study says:

“More than 10,000 schools in more than 130 countries have enrolled in Live@edu, serving tens of millions of students worldwide.”

What are the Pre-Requisites to get Enrolled

  • You must own a domain name for your school/institute
  • K-12 (Kindergarten through grade 12) or higher educational institution, non-profit, accredited by a generally accepted accreditation body (Required only for Google Apps Education edition)

Enroll / Sign-Up your school for

Disclaimer: I am NOT associated with Google or Microsoft. Like many of you my only association with Google is as an AdSense Publisher. My only association with Microsoft: I am a MCTS certified MS.NET C# Developer.


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  1. These services offer great platform for students to grow, learn and more. Unfortunately not all Indian schools and colleges yet have .edu domain even a website :(
    It might take some time for the IT services to adapted in wide range. Happy to see some Indian Institutions in the list.
    Thanks for info.

  2. This information is very usefull for us, so I thank for you ....

  3. I am waiting for all college to switch to advanced IT services from these giants . Hope they will help every school , college and universities in India as well as other nations :)

  4. It would take years probably to get such technology in India. :D ;)

  5. Free Clouding is advanced and its free. Most of the colleges and universities are moving into this platform. Thanks for sharing!!!

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