Global Grid for Learning with Microsoft

Posted by admin on June 27, 2012

Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) today announced it is working with Microsoft to develop a series of integrated solutions for the education market.

GGfL, originally pioneered by Cambridge University Press and provider of one of the world’s largest collections of digital educational content, is to integrate with Microsoft’s latest productivity applications, providing seamless teaching and learning experiences.

The first of these solutions due for release this month sees GGfL embedded within PowerPoint in Microsoft Office 2010, delivered using Windows Azure, Microsoft’s flexible cloud platform. Teachers and students who register or subscribe to GGfL will be able to download and install an easy-to-use file from the GGfL website which will allow them to search for, stream and drag learning resources from GGfL directly into their presentations without leaving their PowerPoint page.

“The ability to access relevant, high quality, digital resources reliably, quickly and easily is critical for teachers and students,” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director of Global Grid for Learning. “Having successfully brought together multimedia resources from 50 different providers, our aim is to enable that fantastic content to be discovered and used seamlessly by educators and students within software and platforms that they are already comfortable using. Our partnership with Microsoft has enabled our service to be integrated within Microsoft Office, the most commonly used software in classrooms around the world. Hosting our service on Windows Azure ensures that we can deliver the integrated service in locations around the world without loss of performance.”

Steve Beswick, Microsoft’s UK Education Director, said: “We are always looking to add value to our software and applications which is specific and relevant to our end users, and which ultimately improves and simplifies their experience with our products. Our partnership with GGfL does just that.”

More information can be found at http://ggflazure.cloudapp.net.

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