#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.
This article is written by Paul Dredge, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, who reviews three different devices: the Viglen Duo tab; HP X2 210; and a Surface Pro 4, discussing the respective strengths and areas of suitability of all three.… Visit the author's original post
Understanding that schools and partners have been looking for an easier way to setup and control devices, Microsoft is pleased to respond with Intune for Education – taking a rock-solid product built on top of commercial Intune offering and making it easier to access for schools.… Visit the author's original post
The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Kevin Sait – one of our Teacher Ambassadors – and weighs up one of the many OEM Windows 10 devices available within education.
As the legs begin to show signs of fatigue, you’ve lost count of the number of coffees you’ve drunk, and the constant background noise quietens to the point where you can almost make out individual voices, there is no escaping the fact that BETT 2017 is here, it’s happening, and it’s bigger and better than ever!
It’s been a busy day on all fronts for the Microsoft team, and across all corners of the exhibition floor there has been something for everyone!… Visit the author's original post
Once again we find ourselves in BETT week, and it just wouldn’t be the same without some exciting announcements, specifically for our education customers!
Earlier this week it was announced that School Data Sync (SDS), our online classroom automation solution, is moving from preview to general availability, and today we are pleased to share information about Intune for Education, as well as new lost cost Windows PCs for schools.
Please find us on Stand E310 all week at BETT 2017 to talk to us about anything in this post, or read the full announcements linked below.
The next post in our series of BETT 2017 partner-penned blog articles comes from NetSupport. With over 27 years’ development experience in the education sector, NetSupport demonstrates how it can provide schools with the complete solution to manage and monitor school IT easily and effectively.
Click here to Learn more about what NetSupport will be showcasing at BETT 2017, or visit them on stand D118 this week.
There’s an easier way to manage school technology…
With the increasing amount of technology in schools today, many schools struggle to maintain and manage their IT assets, keep students focused in ICT classrooms, and safeguard students using school technology.… Visit the author's original post
Ahead of next week’s BETT 2017 show at the ExCel, Gerald Haigh offers a rundown of who’s who in the Microsoft Partner Campus, and what you can expect to find dotted around Stand C300.
The Microsoft Partner Campus is an outward expression of the strong practical and creative two-way bond which exists between Microsoft and their partners, who are regarded as contributors to development as well as the ‘sharp end’ deliverers of solutions.
This year 21 partners, summarised below, have stands in the Campus, and in addition, a number of partners will contribute as speakers in the Campus Theatre.… Visit the author's original post
In my role as a high school teacher, I have three devices from which to work: a laptop, an Apple iPad Air 2 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Whilst the first two are supplied by my school, the Surface is something I have personally purchased.
Yet people wonder why I only ever use the Surface whilst the other two gather dust on my staffroom desk.
Short answer: because the Surface does everything a laptop and iPad do, and more.
3 reasons why there’s an increased need to get rid of keyboards and move to pen-based computers for today’s students.
If today’s educators continue to encourage the use of keyboards instead of digital ink and paper, they run the risk of being a ‘pager’ teacher in a smart phone world, holding on to a past that has outlived its usefulness and limits students’ cognitive potential…at least, that’s what human history and recent research is telling us.
What Human History Tells Us About Keyboards
Communication in society has mirrored progress, but it has always involved a person holding a “pen”, even if that “pen” was just a pointed stick.… Visit the author's original post
To fulfil its long-term STEM and digital transformation strategy, John Paul College extended its one-to-one program by rolling-out Windows 10 Education Edition across 1,600 student devices, giving teachers and students access to the latest education-ready Windows Store resources.… Visit the author's original post
With festive-themed adverts from high street shops and household name brands appearing across television, radio, billboards, social media, and every other conceivable medium, there’s no denying that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… But there’s still plenty of teaching and learning to be done before everyone takes a well-earned break over the holidays!
As well as the obvious treats of the season, December brings with it more MIEExpert webinars!
So regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, all are welcome and encouraged to register for any and all of the sessions below.… Visit the author's original post
When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate.
There are also many different learning scenarios that a device may be required to support, so when choosing a device for personal use or school-wide rollout, it’s good to know what it can and can’t do, and in which scenarios it will be useful.… Visit the author's original post
At Build, we announced the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Today, I’m excited to share additional features for educators and students, alongside other education news from Microsoft. Today, Windows is the leading global platform for K-12 education. Our enduring goal is for Windows to be the best place to learn and the best platform for teaching.
Quality, free, relevant and hands-on education technology workshops do not happen often. This May and June Microsoft will be offering a hands-on workshops across NSW with the latest technology including Windows 8.1, apps, Office 365 and devices, including...(read more)… Visit the author's original post
One of the most common questions I often get asked by colleagues in other schools is which devices should a school buy. Laptops or Notebooks? iPads, Chromebooks or Windows 8?
My answer: I’ll tell you what we’ve chosen at Simon de Senlis and why but I’ll also tell you why in almost all cases, I think it’s the wrong question to be asking.
The only example I can think where the choice of kit defines success is in Formula One, where the manufacturers seem to influence the eventual winners of the championship more so than the drivers. … Visit the author's original post
Is your school starting a BYOD Program this year? Wondering what information to give parents to ensure they purchase the right device? Below and at the Microsoft and Intel Parent Guide to School Devices website, there’s a simple list of 11 items that we think should be included in all school devices.
10” Minimum screen, touchscreen and keyboard – In a typical day a student might type an English assignment, jot down history notes, figure out maths equations, video a science experiment and record a speech.
I hope everyone got a chance to see, to read, or to hear the wonderful news Microsoft shared today with POTUS on the ConnectED Initiative. This is truly a transformative time to remove the barriers that prevent education equity and student success in the new economy. Read the full story at Microsoft.com