Microsoft in Education Blog
Hear what’s top of mind for Margo Day, Vice President of U.S. Education at Microsoft, this week at EDUCAUSE 2014. There are three things Microsoft is be focused on at EDUCAUSE: delivering data that talks, managing operations and the business of higher education, and updating the learning model.
Join Microsoft at EDUCAUSE 2014 in Booth #101 on September 29th – October 2nd in Orlando, Florida to explore what’s possible! When it comes to technology in education, your institution deserves more than a device or a service. Your school deserves a complete solution. Microsoft will be sponsoring several sessions at EDUCAUSE as well as hosting a hands-on lab to “see for yourself” what is possible with Office 365 and Windows 8.1.
Would you like to join a visionary community of educators passionate about improving student outcomes through use of technology? Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educator experts to be part of this exclusive global community who are paving the way for their peers to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other. Apply by October 15th.
We want your students in the Global Enterprise Challenge! Registration is open NOW, and runs through September. The Challenge begins in October 2014, and runs through February 2015. Student teams ages 10-11 (exceptions for ages nine and 12 can be requested) are eligible and will receive all the information and tools they need to complete the challenge successfully. This is a unique opportunity to expand your students' skills, experiences and horizons on a global scale.
We’re also excited to announce that faculty and staff will soon be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as students. This means that any organization purchasing Office for all their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription at no extra cost for all students, faculty and staff. Extending the Office 365 ProPlus benefit to teachers and staff ensures that educators have access to all their Office documents across all their devices, at work or at home.
In preparation for back-to-school this year, many schools have adopted 1:1 learning with bring your own device (BYOD) programs. See how University Prep in Washington and Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts are using Microsoft Surface to empower education.
Register today for the September 16th Microsoft EduCast, The Wonders of 1:1 Learning: How devices can empower and enhance student learning - September 16th, 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time.
Guest post by Todd LaVogue, an innovative educator from Florida, talks about opportunities he's had to collaborate with other Microsoft Innovative Educators at monthly webinars and Microsoft events to foster relationships that have connected his classroom with classrooms around the world.
When it comes to assessing what technology is right for your school, the decisions are never clear-cut. While innovative education for the 21st century is not just about the device, it's becoming more and more evident that the right device is a critical component of a meaningful learning experience, focused on positive student outcomes. Today, many schools are choosing Windows 8 devices for flexibility, ease of management and business class security with the Microsoft commitment to privacy. Hear why IT school leaders are choosing to standardize on the Windows 8 platform to support both their 1:1 device programs.
At Willis Independent School District in Texas, as with many school districts, a high percentage of students live in low income households, where technology isn't easily accessible. The technology available at school has even more importance as students prepare to enter the 21st century world of college and the workforce. See why school leaders thoughtfully considered the right device for learning and why Willis ISD chose Windows over Chromebooks to empower their students.