An Integrated Solution – Norfolk Cloud Portal
In an era of useful web-based apps and multiple services, managing secure passwords and usernames is becoming a major headache. We automatically create school user accounts from your MIS system and integrate them with cloud based services such as Google Apps and Gmail so that users only need to log in once to access all their services in the Norfolk Cloud Portal. We added Microsoft 365 to the Cloud Portal in 2015 so you can use all the Google Apps for Education and Microsoft 365 apps from the same NSIX User ID. You just have to select one or the other for email. Google Apps Support means that you can make the most from the free tools such as Google Classroom and save money on other chargeable VLE services. As well as saving you time in school, it means services are available for staff and pupils from anywhere 24/7.
The Norfolk Cloud Portal is provided as part of the Updata contract and gives you access to an array of educational applications and content such as Google Apps for Education and Microsoft 365 Education apps. In addition the Portal gives you the opportunity to purchase online resources from leading educational content providers such as Espresso, J2E, BrainPop, 2Simple, Purple Mash. Our approach to content in the Norfolk Cloud Portal is based on school community led apps, chosen by you for you. ICT Shared Services processes the verification and vetting of suppliers on the Portal so you can securely and confidently purchase products which have been nominated by other Norfolk schools, vetted for technical requirements and easily delivered to you through the Norfolk Cloud Portal. This means that your staff and pupils can have access to business and education applications from anywhere 24/7 with one single ID and login for each individual in school. Norfolk Cloud Portal, Google Apps for Education and Google NSIX email accounts are included as part of the Updata contract. For schools that move to another Broadband provider we have created a number of other packages for schools to retain Google NSIX accounts and access to the Norfolk Cloud Portal. The Norfolk User IDS enabled through Updata contracts are required for SIMS user IDS so we have included another package option for schools on SIMS but with another Broadband provider to maintain this essential functionality to access SIMS. Please also see Useful Links on this page.