Windows 10: A Boon for Students and Teachers
Windows 10 was released in July 2015. In addition, schools that use Windows 7 or 8 can upgrade free to Windows 10 Education, a suite that allows for collaboration and multitasking. Plus, it gives access to a slew of apps, including:
- More than 23,000 downloadable classic books and programs for Haiku learning
- Photo editing
- Math learning
- Reading comprehension
- An app explaining the tools being used to explore Mars
Schools can choose to use on-premises or cloud storage for their data.
The Education package includes Office Online, a free version of Office that lets students create, edit, and share class assignments and projects with one another. The free version even gives students the ability to share with those who don’t have Office, as well as with teachers. Office Online includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. Students and teachers can save their files to Microsoft’s OneDrive, which offers a free terabyte (1,024 gigabytes) of storage, or store them on their own drives. They can work offline using Office 365 on a free school account.
Schools can configure their system to give kids and teachers access to their work through up to five additional devices if they choose. This allows students to collaborate on homework and teachers to provide feedback on the go.
OneNote and Office Mix
Students get OneNote, which gathers written or typed notes, drawings, screenshots and audio files. Then they can share with other OneNote users on PCs, Macs, phones or tablets. Teachers can use OneNote to gather resources to develop a curriculum, or to share rich content with the class.
Office Mix lets teachers create PowerPoint slides, and write and draw on them. They can also add quizzes and labs. They can share the information through the cloud, access it on any device and view student work in real time.
A Class Dashboard website collects content from all Office applications and keeps it in a central location. Students can go there to access homework, see class notes, download assignments or view calendars. Teachers can track student progress.
Perhaps the most exciting feature of Windows 10 Education to students is an app store, where they can download everything from Dr. Seuss books to programs that help them learn geometry and algebra. The apps range in difficulty from pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade.
Security and control
With all the apps and collaboration features in Windows 10 Education, some educators may be wondering about security and compliance.
Schools can set their own permissions and policies. A Windows Device Guard system protects data and uses Azure Active Directory for logging on to Office or the app store. Windows 10 Education is based on the Windows 10 Enterprise version, but it is restricted to running applications defined by the school’s policy as expressed through its hardware and security configurations. Schools need to set a policy first, and then have their IT manager code it into the system.
Your school district can leverage Windows 10 to enhance students’ educational experiences, increase operational efficiencies and reduce expenditures. Talk to a specialist to learn more about using Windows 10 in the classroom.