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Making the case for new technology
It’s clear that a cloud-based infrastructure yields multiple benefits for schools, from better ways to secure devices and school data, to more efficient IT administration and measurable improvements in educator and staff effectiveness1. Institutions of all sizes are now considering computing projects that were not accessible or affordable in the past.
As innovative technologies continue to be developed for schools at a rapid pace, it can be a challenge to prioritize and justify IT project requests.… Visit the author's original post
Behind every connected student in every classroom, whether that’s online or in person, there are teams of people working to make the learning experience as seamless as possible for everyone involved.
Joel Palmer, program coordinator for Maryland’s Calvert County Schools and the 16,000 students who learn there, is among such a team. Joel’s job centers on implementing and managing the district’s new technology, and with 9,000 desktop computers and 9,000 laptops to manage he and his team have their work cut out for them.… Visit the author's original post
As schools prepare for the start of another school year and teachers get their classrooms ready to welcome students, we are introducing additional features to meet the needs of schools, teachers and students. Today we are announcing changes to Office 365 Education that will make it easier for schools to meet their security and compliance needs at a time when teaching and learning are becoming increasingly collaborative and cloud-connected.
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In the next decade, approximately 77% of jobs will require some degree of technology skills—a requirement not only for IT-centric roles, but for jobs in traditionally ‘analog’ business roles, such as sales, marketing and management.
At this month’s Microsoft EduCast webcast, two education professionals shared insights into the tools needed to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs.
Office 365 Skills and Certification for a 21st Century Workforce
Jeff Johnson, Solution Specialist, Global Academic Team, Microsoft
A recent IDC Research survey revealed that Microsoft Office skills ranked third out of the top 200 skills required for tomorrow’s best jobs, just behind essential ‘soft’ skills—oral and written communication and attention to detail.… Visit the author's original post
In a world powered by technological innovation, one would think that today’s student is inundated with curriculum that opens doors to computer science—one of the fastest-growing job sectors. The reality is that most K-12 students are not exposed to computer science unless they demonstrate a special interest in computers.
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Using the U.S. as an example, 90% of primary and secondary schools don’t offer computer science classes. 25 states don't allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.… Visit the author's original post