Educators Across the US Adopt Windows 8 to Help Make Students College-Ready and Career-Ready
March 27, 2013
K–12 schools, higher-education institutions cite post-graduation preparedness, manageability and cost-saving benefits as they deploy the new Windows.
REDMOND, Wash. — March 27, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that 10 K–12 school districts and higher-education institutions have signed on to use Windows 8 for more than 540,000 students and faculty to prepare students for futures in college and careers. Microsoft’s expanding community of Windows 8 education adopters now includes Apollo Group, Atlanta Public Schools, Barry University, Fargo Public Schools, Fresno Unified School District, Jackson-Madison County School System, Pace University, San Antonio Independent School District, Thomas College and Tuckahoe Common School District.
“Microsoft recognizes that in order to be prepared for future success in today’s competitive global economy, students must have technology skills employers demand, plus relevant, 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, communication and collaborations abilities, problem-solving, and greater awareness of the global community,” said Margo Day, vice president of U.S. Education, Microsoft. “Windows 8 is helping schools modernize learning by supporting new education standards, online assessments and the move to digital learning by providing a powerful platform where content can be easily consumed and created, and a connection to the cloud where collaboration opportunities can be reimagined.”
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I see lots of 20-30 year olds entering the job market totally unprepared because they have played with computers, but have no idea how to actually use one as a part of their job. Just like math and science, learning Windows should be part of the curriculum. You can deny it all you want but the World runs on Microsoft.
Waits patiently to hear someone try to counter-point with a some sort of chromebook argument.
There was a story about a local school district in my area purchasing new iPads for the entire board. The reason they cited was cost effectiveness and that they would save over $4000 over a 3yr period but not having to print out paper agendas for the meetings. Keep in mind this is a small district with about 2000 students (K-12). The average attendance of board meetings from community is less than 25.
Immediately they got blasted for treating themselves to iPads on the community’s dime. They couldn’t justify why they needed the top of line Retina display iPads to read an agenda on it. I wrote in that if viewing documents and being able to communicate more effectively there were much better ways to do it and more affordable devices to purchase. They could easily purchase a 7″ tablet for that and saved thousands of dollars. They messed up big time trying to get the Retina iPads and a keyboard. I directed someone to the Surface RT tablet and people liked it a lot and felt it was a much better alternative. It has a version of Office and has the snap feature that allows to view Agenda minutes while looking at current topic.