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Enabling and inspiring students and teachers with Windows 8 (eBook)

  1. 1. Enabling and inspiringstudents and teacherswith Windows 8www.microsoft.com/uk/COITMicrosoft UK 2013
  2. 2. The UK education system has seen dramatic changes in its adoption and use ofICT over the past ten years. These changes have been shaped by governmentcurriculum and fiscal boundaries, socio-economic factors, such as theconsumerisation of IT, and increasing pressure to deliver technology that not onlyengages pupils in the classroom, but equips them for 21st century careers. Whilethese factors represent great opportunities for schools to adapt teaching methodsand enhance our education system, they also represent unprecedented challengesfor schools. For example, securing the network is no longer just about connectingand ensuring the security of the school’s own devices, but enabling pupils toconnect with their own technology when and where possible. Lessons are no longerjust in a classroom, but span other educational facilities on and off site as well ashomeworking, and technology must adapt to these new scenarios.Expectations from teachers, pupils and parents around technology have alsochanged. Just ten years ago pupils and parents may not have assumed integratedtechnology to be essential across the curriculum, let alone an element of the schoolinfrastructure and teaching methodology, accessible to pupils and teachers insideand outside of the school. Technology is part of everyday life for all pupils andso needs to integrate seamlessly into their lives at school, as it does at home.Two-thirds of five-to seven-year-olds use the internet at home, rising to 82 per centfor 8- to 11-year-olds and 90 per cent for 12- to 15-year-olds. Over a third of 12- to15-year-olds own a smartphone and typically use the internet (on any device) for 15.6hours every week. Children are increasingly embracing technology at a younger age:for example, 23 per cent of five- to seven-year-olds now use social networking sites.IntroductionTechnology is part of everydaylife for all pupils and so needsto integrate seamlessly intotheir lives at school, as it doesat home.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  3. 3. Technology is part of everyday lifefor all pupils. It needs to integrateinto pupils lives as easily at schoolas it does at home.Technology has changed the way pupils want to learn. No longer arechildren confined to desks, staring at the board in front and listening passivelyas a teacher talks at them. Today’s generation have been brought up withtechnology as an integrated part of their lives; three-year-olds can worktablet devices, primary school children carry mobile phones and teenagersexpect internet access anywhere and everywhere.With this access to technology at home, pupils expect the same at school, notjust for communication and gaming, but to help make learning easy. Schoolsthat embrace this trend can not only use it to help change teaching andlearning practices, but also encourage children to be more enthusiastic aboutlearning altogether.The ease of using Windows 8 on a tablet device can open up a host ofpositive experiences around technology; the ability to research a topic on onehalf of the screen while taking notes on the other half, for example. Taskingpupils to go out and take photographs around a particular subject thenmoving content around from phone to PC with ease can help bring any kindof topic to life. By enhancing education through creative experiences, lessonsand learning are likely to be more dynamic and therefore more likely to beunderstood and remembered by pupils.Enthusing the pupilswww.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  4. 4. Windows 8 can also help both pupils and educators to be more creativeby developing new ways of learning through applications. Applications areadditional software widgets that can be downloaded from the MicrosoftApp Store site. Within the store, Educational applications is the largestcategory and spans topics from innovative lesson planning ideas to simpleways to help children start coding, through to using games to help teach.Additionally, Windows 8 Learning Suite is a set of educational tools thatcan help with innovative teaching ideas, such as creating mini videos todemonstrate pupils’ knowledge of a region or town, with pictures, musicand other rich media. Windows 8 also has a raft of applications dedicated tohelping teachers bring lessons to life, such as the most popular RM Books,Dynamic Learning from Hodder education and MyDay from Collabco.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  5. 5. The importance of access to technology, particularly 1:1 (ie one pupil havingpersonal access to a computing device) cannot be underestimated. TheSutton Trust, an organisation aimed at helping social mobility througheducation, has recently stated that 1:1 computing can help children fromdisadvantaged backgrounds keep pace with their more affluent peers. Byhaving 1:1 access to a PC or browser device, pupils can be empoweredto offer feed-back, conduct peer-assisted learning strategies, completehomework and learn ICT skills. This, in turn, will help them be more preparedfor the 21st century workplace. Learning technology skills is becomingincreasingly imperative for school children; in the near future it is estimatedalmost 90% of jobs to require knowledge of ICT, therefore equipping pupilson a 1:1 basis with technology becomes even more essential.One possible method for schools to equip pupils without incurring majorhardware costs is to mirror the business community with a Bring Your OwnDevice (BYOD) scheme. Enabling pupils to bring their own technologyalleviates schools from the cost of having to supply the hardware, whilesimultaneously saving time and costs of any training for the pupils becausethey are already familiar with the device. And research shows that schoolsalready adopting this policy; Research from RM shows that 62 percent ofGetting one to onewith technologyLearning technology skillsis becoming increasinglyimperative for school children;in the near future it is estimatedalmost 90% of jobs to requireknowledge of ICT, thereforeequipping pupils on a 1:1 basiswith technology becomes evenmore essential.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  6. 6. secondary schools have already adopted a BYOD approach or intend towithin the next 12 months. However, there are complicated elements forschools to also consider, such as technical restrictions, cyber security andmanagement as well as how teachers can manage and assist with learning ifthe student devices are all different. One way around this could be that alldevices must be internet ready – a scheme Bournemouth University runs andcalls BYOB – Bring your own Browser. In this model the emphasis is not onthe device, but on the device’s ability to access and browse the internet. Allcontent creation and consumption can then be done through the browser ina uniform manner.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  7. 7. School, like work, has become more than just somewhere to go. Teachers nowexpect pupils to take a certain amount of control over their own education,particularly when it comes to the latter years and home study. Even at a youngage, pupils and parents need access to a variety of content outside of school hours.Timetables, teacher’s reports, lesson plans and homework should all be available foraccess whenever a pupil needs them. Windows 8 empowers pupils to take control oftheir own learning though accessing and sharing content. Using sharing technology,such as OneNote, Office 365 Education and SkyDrive enable pupils to access securelyand easily information about their classes, additional content and material whenoutside the school gates.OneNote for example, enables pupils to continue study groups while outside oflessons and collaborate with other pupils in order to complete joint tasks. Teacherscan upload lesson notes online with the confidence of knowing classes can refer backto the notes whenever they need to, particularly at exam time to help with revision,for example. And, vitally, with OneNote, notes can travel with the pupils, regardlessof device; students access OneNote at school and save content, they can access thatcontent once home in order to complete the day’s work. Windows 8 can empowerpupils to set their own pace of learning outside of the classroom and gain deeperknowledge regardless of location.Collaboration and creativity are core attributes of a 21st century education systemand sharing technology that pupils can use every day. SkyDrive is a cloud-basedcentral repository for content and could be used to store all of the lesson materialson a particular topic, for example.Collaborating beyondthe school gatesUsing sharing technology,such as OneNote, Office 365Education and SkyDrive enablepupils to access securely andeasily information about theirclasses, additional contentand material when outside theschool gates.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  8. 8. Any technology entering the boundaries of the school gates, whether cyberor physical, must be properly secured. Locking down systems and grantingonly restricted access, while perhaps easier to manage, would preventstudents from realising the benefits of collaboration technology. Securityneeds must be balanced with the requirement of pupils, teachers and parentsto ensure information and content is easily accessed. Managing access towebsites at a granular level, setting usage policies and the provision of weeklyreports on activities are all built into Windows 8.Security is of particular concern when it comes to adopting a BYOD or BYOBpolicy – the opportunity for data breaches, virus or malware attacks is frontof mind for the ICT team; attempting to secure multiple devices and thenetwork represents a huge challenge.A global study from the Ponemon Institute (2012) on mobility risks saidschools should consider elements such as device level encryption, endpointsecurity and identity management. Windows 8 can help alleviate some ofthe security headaches with in-built security, such as Windows Defender andSmartScreen which help to manage the connectivity options and protectdevices from viruses and malware.Securing the schoolSecurity is of particular concernwhen it comes to adopting aBYOD or BYOB policy – theopportunity for data breaches,virus or malware attacks isfront of mind for the ICT team;attempting to secure multipledevices and the networkrepresents a huge challenge.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  9. 9. Cloud-based technology hashelped to enable flexibility andconsistency and ensure realconvenience for pupils andteachers.As teaching methods are adapted to incorporate new technologies, theflexibility this affords teachers enables a new definition of the classroom;working in the lab or the library, or even offsite, have become a reality. Studygroups of pupils can be dispersed around the school – choosing the bestlocation that is suited to their task.Within Windows 8 there are a variety of ways to make the mobile classrooma reality. Office 365 Education and OneNote for example, means pupils canaccess the information regardless of location, moving from the classroom tothe library a pupil can simply log back in and all of the classroom notes arealready there. Cloud-based technology has helped to enable flexibility andconsistency and ensure real convenience for pupils and teachers.This sort of flexibility is also evident with Windows 8 To Go, which is a fullWindows 8 environment, saved on a USB key, containing all the preferences,security passes and class work. Pupils can simply plug the USB into thedevice into a PC at their new location and have everything they need. Sofor example, shared PCs located in the library could be permanent, andpupils would be able to log in with their USBs and access the personalinformation they need instantly. Security and settings are also saved on theWindows To Go USB, removing the pressure from the ICT team to constantlybe securing mobile devices. Alternatively, should pupils be using multipletypes of devices; a laptop and a phone for example, Windows 8 enablesThe moveable classroomwww.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  10. 10. them to manage their personalised settings on one device, which will thenautomatically be carried over onto all the other devices logged into by theuser. This removes the headache of lost passwords on multiple devices, timelost due to settings changes and security.Windows To Go is also ideal for helping the teaching faculty. Unforeseenillness or unexpected teacher absence from school can cause major upsetto lesson planning and is challenging for substitute teachers to know whattopics are to be covered, especially when it is a subject they are not wellversed in. Windows To Go means that content can be easily and securelyaccessed by a supply teacher, with their own laptop or device , saving theIT team time on setting up a loan device with security settings. It would alsoresult in little disturbance for pupils or to lesson content and ease of transitionfor the supply teacher.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  11. 11. Peer-to-peer networking and conversation has become an essential aspectof teaching – many academics collaborate on everything from teachingmethods to lesson planning or how to help unruly pupils. The adoption oftechnology as part of the teaching system has driven much conversation andunderstanding and learning from peers is a key element to help propel thesuccess of technology adoption. Microsoft has a network of more than 4.5million teachers within its Partner for Learning network globally who are alllooking to embed technology into their teaching and learning methodology.The members of this community are able to collaborate and exchange ideasto help harness the transformative effects of technology for their schools,their pupils and their careers.Go to www.pil-network.com to find out more.Teaching the teachers;peer to peer is key tolearning tooMicrosoft has a network ofmore than 4.5 million teacherswithin its Partner for Learningnetwork globally who are alllooking to embed technologyinto their teaching and learningmethodology.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  12. 12. Day in the life: teacherA day in the life of ateacher on Windows 87.30am Lucy, a modern foreign languages teacher, leaves for work. Herschool is only 30 minutes away, however, this morning there has been anaccident on the motorway and ten minutes after leaving home she is stuckin traffic. Half an hour passes and she has moved no more than 50 yards.Accepting that she is unlikely to make it into school for her first lesson at8.30am, she exits the motorway and pulls into a service station.8.10am Once inside, she orders herself a coffee, turns on her MicrosoftSurface RT and connects to the internet. She calls her head of departmentthrough Lync and lets her know that she is having problems getting in.Lucy opens OneNote creates a lesson plan including videos, images and aPowerPoint presentation. Meanwhile at school the substitute teacher is givena Windows To Go USB so that she can securely access all the applications andresources she will need to cover the lesson. Lucy shares the lesson plan withthe substitute teacher and with the information on screen, talks through itwith her on Lync.While Lucy finishes her coffee and waits for the traffic to clear, she checksSkyDrive to see which of her students have submitted their homework. InOneNote she creates a list of those who haven’t and sends them an audionote letting them know that she must have it by the end of the day.8.30am The traffic has cleared and she leaves the service station andcontinues her journey to school. She arrives twenty minutes later and isable to join her first class mid-way through the lesson, picking up from thesubstitute teacher.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  13. 13. 10.30am After her first lesson she has two free periods. The following weekshe is taking 30 students to Rome on a school trip. Lucy uses the time to logonto the Learning Gateway and checks which parents have submitted theirchildren’s dietary requirements. While she is there she responds to parents’questions about the planned activities for the trip, uploading copies of theitinerary and links to landmarks they will be visiting.2.00pm After lunch she has one lesson. Two days earlier she created a lessonoverview in OneNote including videos and links to relevant websites andshared it with the class. The students arrive for the lesson having alreadyreviewed most of the content the lesson will be based on. Rather thanstanding at the front of the class lecturing them, she opens with a discussionon the teaching materials and takes questions from the students. Thistechnology-enabled ‘flipped learning’ experience gets them actively engagedstraight away and makes for a more productive lesson.3.30pm The lesson overruns slightly, so rather than shouting homeworkinstructions at the students’ backs as they leave the classroom, she turns onher computer and opens OneNote. She details what needs to be completedahead of the next lesson and adds links to relevant videos and websites. Shealso attaches the presentation from the lesson and shares the note with herclass asking them to reply with any questions they may have.www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  14. 14. Day in the life: pupilA day in the life of a pupilon Windows 87.00am Lydia doesn’t normally miss school but this morning when she getsup, she has a bad tooth-ache. She speaks to her mum who phones thedentist to schedule an emergency appointment. She also emails Lydia’s formtutor to let her know that Lydia won’t be in until 11.00am and will miss the firsttwo lessons of the day.9.00am Lydia and her mum set off for the dentist. Lydia takes her mum’sMicrosoft Surface Pro with her and while she is in the car she plugs in herWindows To Go USB to access content stored on the device. Accessing herown Microsoft Account on the device allows her to catch up on a writtenassessment while she isn’t in the lesson, she doesn’t miss the deadline.9.30am Lydia arrives at the dentist. She is told that it will be 30 minutesbefore the dentist can see her. While she is sitting in the waiting room, herhistory teacher calls her through Lync on her Windows Phone 8 device andtalks her through his plan for the lesson she will miss. Through OneNote heshares the teaching resources and a test that he will set the class. While sheis not able to answer all of the questions, she completes the test and sendsit back to him. After a couple of injections and an x-ray, Lydia departs thedentist’s surgery feeling much better. She gets to school and joins her class.2.00pm After lunch she has Italian during which her teacher sets a groupassignment. Lydia gets together with her friends and they start planningwww.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  15. 15. the assignment and dividing up the work. During the lesson they make aplan in OneNote and include all of the materials they think they will need tocomplete it. When the bell goes at the end of the day everyone else goeshome. However, Lydia knows that she will be on the school trip to Rome thefollowing week when the group assignment is due. She decides to go to herlocal library so she can begin work on it straight away.4.00pm At the library she plugs her Windows To Go USB into an availablecomputer and is able to access the schools network securely, including all theapplications she needs. She opens the plan she compiled with her friendsin OneNote. She completes her parts of the assignment then uploads it toOneNote ready for her friends to complete their sections the following weekwhile she is away.6.00pm When she gets home she notices that her teacher has uploaded theitinerary for the Rome trip to SkyDrive. She looks online at the places they willvisit and finds out some information that is relevant to her group assignment.She goes back into the assignment and adds some more information. Whileshe is online she notices her friends are as well and she messages themon Facebook to let them know that she has completed her sections of theassignment. With OneNote open on the screen, she Skype calls one of hergroup and talks through her sections of the assignment, the work she hascompleted and the additional information he has added to the plan.She also sees that her cousin, who attends a different school, is online. He’sbeen to Rome before, so Lydia uploads the itinerary for the trip to SkyDriveand gives him secure access. She also sends him a Direct Message on Twittersaying “Rome next week, while you’re in double-maths!”www.microsoft.com/uk/COIT
  16. 16. Today children are embracing technology from a younger age and learningquickly what it makes possible. If schools are to get the best from students,they need to provide them with access to solutions that help to deliver aricher and more engaging learning experience. At their heart they need tobe flexible, collaborative and easy to use.Not only does Windows 8 help address the technology needs andchallenges of industry, where organisations have made recent investmentsin a modern Windows desktop infrastructure, it will fit alongside andcompliment that investment.Conclusionwww.microsoft.com/uk/COIT© 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved