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Windows 8.1 in Education: Tools for Learning


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The aims of the ‘Windows 8.1 in Education’ eBook are to:
* Enhance the understanding of the benefits of using Windows 8.1 in schools and in classrooms
• Provide practical information on how Windows 8.1 has changed since Windows 8.
• Give teachers and school leaders the confidence to embrace Windows 8.1 by demonstrating how it may be used to enhance learning and teaching
• Reinforce the importance of cloud technology in a modern teaching environment including the use of Office 365 Education
• Encourage school leaders and teachers to consider future learning scenarios in a Windows 8.1 and future 1:1 environments
• Improve advice on how school and education institutes might use Apps from the Windows Store to further develop the Windows 8.1 experience

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Windows 8.1 in Education: Tools for Learning

  1. 1. Tools for Learning. Windows 8.1 in Education education
  2. 2. FOREWORD ............................................................................. 3 AIMS ........................................................................................... 4 CHAPTERS ................................................................................ 5 CONCLUSION ....................................................................... 41 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS .................................................. 42 REFERENCES ......................................................................... 43 The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Education | 27 the microsoft visual identity The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Education | 27 education Contents Windows 8.1 in Education 2 Windows 8.1 in Education Chapter 1: Why Windows 8.1? 5 Page Chapter 2: OneDrive for Business and Office 365 Education 9 Page Chapter 3: Windows 8.1 Devices 14 Page Chapter 4: Apps – it’s about more than just Apps 18 Page Chapter 5: Professional Skills & Communities 24 Page Chapter 6: Changing Pedagogies 27 Page Page The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Education | 27 the microsoft visual identity the microsoft visual identity the microsoft visual identity Chapter 7: Top Apps 34 Page
  3. 3. education There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that many of today’s young people see no real difference between the online world and the digital world. They are constantly connected via their PCs, tablets and smartphones. All around us technology is transforming our lives from the way we shop to the way we carry out financial transitions. But of course there is one area where technology is yet to have the truly transformative impact that it could have – our classrooms and schools. For far too long the technology debate has focused on the device. From processing power, to screen resolution. But with the rise of internet based tools and cloud computing flattening the world of digital services, it will be the operating system and the browser that truly unifies the user experience, and that has a real impact on learning. Windows 8.1 is multi-layered, can run across a range of devices from tablets, ultrabooks, 2-in-1’s to desktops, it is culturally relevant to young people and is slick to use. It also integrates with some of the best of breed cloud productivity applications (including Microsoft Office 365 Education and OneDrive for Business), supports BYOD, and can be portable. Even the ‘Start’ button is back. With all of these things, and with 1000’s of new Apps in the Windows Store every month, it is no wonder that it is one of the quickest growing operating systems globally. Combined with appropriate pedagogical processes, research, good leadership and sensible network management, perhaps we have finally reached a time in our short history when technology could have that transformative impact on young people that is deserves. Let me show you why you should upgrade to Windows 8.1. Foreword. Windows 8.1 in Education 3 Windows 8.1 in Education Ollie Bray Headteacher Kingussie High School, Scotland T: @olliebray W:
  4. 4. education Aims. Windows 8.1 in Education 4 Windows 8.1 in Education • Enhance the understanding of the benefits of using Windows 8.1 in schools and in classrooms. • Provide practical information on how Windows 8.1 has changed since Windows 8. • Give teachers and school leaders the confidence to embrace Windows 8.1 by demonstrating how it may be used to enhance learning and teaching. • Reinforce the importance of cloud technology in a modern teaching environment including the use of Office 365 Education. • Encourage school leaders and teachers to consider future learning scenarios in a Windows 8.1 and future 1:1 environments. • Improve advice on how school and education institutes might use Apps from the Windows Store to further develop the Windows 8.1 experience. The aims of the ‘Windows 8.1 in Education’ eBook are to:
  5. 5. education Chapter 1: Why Windows 8.1? All good teachers know that if young people can see the relevance in what they are learning about in relation to their own lives and their own place in the world, then they are more likely to be interested and motivated to learn. This methodology and thinking also extends to how we learn and how we should teach in schools. For example, you wouldn’t teach a trainee surgeon with the tools and theories from 20 or even 5 years ago. Our children and young people deserve, and should be entitled to learn with, the most up-to-date tools and pedagogical practices, and this includes technology. Technology is culturally relevant to young people and this means that using technology tools appropriately can be incredibly motivating and engaging – particularly when the technology is up-to-date. And, it doesn’t get much more up-to-date than Windows 8.1 and the recent update. 5 Windows 8.1 in Education James Kendrick, Tech Journalist, ZDNet In a year awash in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile tech, the release of Windows 8.1 is the most significant arrival of it all.
  6. 6. Why upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update? If you have a PC either running Windows 8 or capable of doing so, there are a number of reasons to upgrade to the new version. The Windows 8.1 enhancements introduce many useful new tools while simultaneously incorporating much of the user feedback provided around Windows 8 – including welcoming back the Start button and additional capabilities for mouse and keyboard users! If you are currently running Windows 8, Windows 8.1 Update will be available for you to download via the Windows Store. If, however, you are already a Windows 8.1 user, you will receive Windows 8.1 Update as part of the Windows Update process. The update is free and significantly builds on what was already a great user experience. For users on previous versions of Windows who haven’t moved to Windows 8 yet, the updated operating system definitely deserves a look. Many of the features that started to be realised in Windows 8 (OneDrive integration, for example) are now fully realised in Windows 8.1. The update to the OS also makes the modern interface more user friendly across device types by introducing enhanced on-screen tutorials, more familiar mouse and keyboard options and the ability to transition from the modern environment to the desktop more seamlessly. We will talk more about some of these features as we progress though this eBook. But for now here are a few high level reasons why you really should consider Windows 8.1. It’s slick (and quick!). Like Windows 8 before it, the slick feel and usability that has gone into the design of Windows 8.1 truly captures the imagination. It includes improvements to make Windows more familiar and convenient for users that use both touch and mouse input. With easier access to your favourite apps and key controls, such as the power and search buttons that are now featured on the Start screen, Windows 8.1 offers a highly personalised experience that focuses on the user rather than the advanced technology behind it. In short, Windows 8.1 does all the hard work allowing the learner to focus on learning and the teacher to focus on teaching. Oh, did I mention it also boots up in just a few seconds, even on older hardware? Create and Produce Education in the 21st century is no longer just about content consumption. We now need young people who are skilled in digital content creation in order to help them with all aspects of their learning. Windows 8.1, in conjunction with Office 2013 in particular, offers a range of real content creation opportunities through a variety of mediums including keyboard and mouse, touchscreen, stylus, voice and moving images. Windows 8.1 is even compatible with Kinect for Windows! As well as some of the great new features mentioned above, other Microsoft Tools and Services have also become more closely integrated into Windows 8.1 and the recent update. We will talk more about some of these tools (Office 365 Education and OneDrive for Business) in the next section. Chapter 1: Why Windows 8.1? 1.1 1.2 1.3 education6 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education
  7. 7. Flexibility. For young people, one of the real attractions of Windows 8.1 is that it’s flexible and performs across a range of devices meaning that users do not have to jump from one operating system to another, which can be confusing and a real barrier to learning and productivity. Synchronisation with your Microsoft Account means that Windows 8.1 always knows who you are, where you are and what you need – whether you are on your laptop, tablet, 2-in-1 or desktop. Diverse but familiar. The potential to support learning across a range of devices was realised with Windows 8 and is improved with Windows 8.1 and the recent update. Windows offers a highly personalised learning environment that ensures that whatever device you log into, you can start where you left off and you don’t have to waste time becoming familiar with other people’s settings. For example, with Windows 8.1, when you sign in to your PC with a Microsoft Account, your PC is connected to Microsoft servers online, or “the cloud.” This means that your personal settings and preferences are stored in OneDrive, and are synced to any PC that you sign in to. If you want to keep some of your personal settings more private you can turn off syncing for specific settings or turn off syncing entirely, but when fully activated you can enjoy benefits such as your Start screen syncing across all your devices and the ability to easily see when new apps have been installed. Furthermore, your mouse now works more consistently anywhere in Windows, which helps enhance the familiarity of using Windows 8.1 Update. Move your mouse to the top of the screen to see the Close and Minimise buttons in any application. Additionally, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen to see the taskbar from anywhere, which give you quick and easy access to all your pinned apps, regardless of whether they are desktop apps or apps from the Windows Store. Similarly, if you spend more time in the desktop view, you can sign in (boot) directly to the desktop rather than the Start screen, all of which helps provide a more personalised and familiar experience for users. A device for life. OK, there is no such thing as a device for life. But there might be an operating system for life that evolves with you, as you evolve and technology evolves over time. The great thing about Windows 8.1 is because it is fully integrated in the cloud (see Chapter 2), you can take nearly all of your content with you (files, photos and apps) just by logging into another machine. The device becomes a way to access your digital content and Windows 8.1 becomes the gateway to unlock it from the cloud. Furthermore, with the flexibility to easily shift from content consumption to content creation, a Windows device enables users to have a single device at the centre of their lives that can easily adapt to the demands of school and a busy social life. Truly a device for life! 1.6 1.5 1.4 education7 Windows 8.1 in Education Chapter 1: Why Windows 8.1? Windows 8.1 in Education
  8. 8. Culturally relevant but business ready. Windows 8.1 has a modern look and feel and its unified interface has become standard across a full range of Microsoft tools and services. This level of usability and consistency is key to success for any culturally relevant digital tool. Although Windows 8.1 works exceptionally well on a full range of devices, it can be optimised for tablets. Young people love some of the tablet specific features such as the ergonomic keyboard, which allows them to use their thumbs to text on the move and quickly edit documents. Furthermore, Windows Office are the preferred choice for business users across the world. Windows 8.1 not only gives young people a culturally relevant and rich experience that links both their social and academic lives, but also helps build 21st Century Skills that help them leave school ready for the workforce or advance their education. Ultimately, devices running the new Windows, and its ability to both create and produce, uniquely support 21st century learning by providing powerful learning tools that enable communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity and offer truly interactive learning experiences. Cloud integration. Many of the features that started to be realised in Windows 8 are now present within Windows 8.1 Update. Cloud integration, via OneDrive, is a great example of a feature that is now fully built into the user interface and functionality of Windows 8.1 Update. Additionally, with cloud services such as Office 365 Education, (see Chapter 2) you get the flexibility of working in the connected world and ‘off-line’ when connectivity is not available (as part of A3 upgrade with Office 365 Education). Evolving scenarios and emerging pedagogies. One of the nice things for educators about a new and emerging technology is how you can apply it to education. Although we are only just starting to realise the benefits of Windows 8.1 in schools, there is no doubt that students and educators will benefit from a whole host of exciting learning opportunities with its deployment. Some of this emerging practice is discussed in Chapter 6. In the next chapter we will look more closely at some of the new features of Windows 8.1 Update. 1.7 education Chapter 1: Why Windows 8.1? Windows 8.1 in Education 1.8 1.9 8 Windows 8.1 in Education
  9. 9. Chapter 2: OneDrive for Business and Office 365 Education One of the great things about an operating system as diverse as Windows 8.1 is that it has a little bit of everything for most people. For example, it can be a fully working desktop operating system which runs powerful education and productivity Apps such as Microsoft Office. Or alternatively, provide a seamless gateway to the power of the Internet, cloud storage (via integrated OneDrive experience) and 1000s of Web Applications (see Chapter 4). In education one of the most exciting cloud announcements in recent times has been the release of Office 365 Education. Office 365 Education encompasses many things, from a bundled version of Microsoft Office software (with certain plans) to email, document sharing and online video conferencing. The key idea is that you pay a subscription each month or year, and that entitles you to the various services in each plan. Some plans are free and other require a small charge (see opposite). Lots of schools in the UK and worldwide use the free version of this service, with a little customisation to their school portal. education9 Windows 8.1 in Education Steve Ballmer, ex CEO - Microsoft Our industry is going through quite a wave of innovation and it’s being powered by a phenomenon which is referred to as the cloud. Office 365 Education - Versions Compared: PLAN A2 PLAN A3 PLAN A4 PRICE Free £1.90 per student/month £3.40 per staff/month £2.20 per student/month £4.50 per staff/month Cloud-based email, calendar and contacts Create SharePoint internet sites for teams with up to 300 subsites Use your school’s own domain name Instant messaging, voice and video chat with Lync Online Online HD video- conferencing and screen sharing Web-based viewing and editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files using Office Web apps 24/7 phone support 99.9% uptime SLA Full Office Professional Plus 2013 subscription 1TB of online storage with OneDrive for Business 50GB of email storage per user Unlimited email storage Archiving eDiscovery tools Hosted voicemail support Enterprise-grade voice and voicemail
  10. 10. education Chapter 2: OneDrive for Business and Office 365 Education Office 365 Education: main components. Office 365 Education integrates Exchange-based email, scheduling and contacts management, SharePoint for intranet-based collaboration, and instant messaging and voice and video conferencing and chat using Microsoft Lync. It also provides access to Microsoft’s Office Web Apps; streamlined online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be used to view, create and edit documents. Using SharePoint, you can use Office 365 Education to create a full learning environment where you can share information, manage projects and publish policies, schemes of work and announcements. Office 365 Education consists of the following main components: Email, tasks and calendar Cloud-based email and calendars powered by Microsoft Exchange Online using your own school domain name. You get 50GB of storage per user. We will just say that again… you get 50GB of storage per user, for free! Web Conferencing Rich online meetings with audio and video, desktop sharing, and virtual whiteboard using the power of Microsoft Lync Online. Office Web Apps Create and edit documents with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote straight from your web browser. The most recent release of Office 365 Education also includes live editing across documents in real time. Public and Team websites Use your own domain to design and maintain a simple, public-facing website for your school or class. You can also create up to 300 sub-sites and share files and documents with other Office 365 Education users. All powered by SharePoint online. Newsfeed See and follow what other people are up to in your Office 365 domain though social networking like functionality and instant messaging. OneDrive for Business 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage per user (again for free!). 2.1 10 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education
  11. 11. education Office 365 Education, OneDrive and Windows 8.1 Update. Although Office 365 Education is available across a range of platforms, there is no doubt about it that the best user experience is with Windows. OneDrive and Windows 8.1 works brilliantly together. Not only can you save all your files to OneDrive by default and keep them in sync, but it’s integrated with File Explorer (formerly known as Windows Explorer). When you first launch the File Explorer you’ll see a OneDrive option in the left sidebar. This doesn’t automatically store all your OneDrive files locally – instead, you can open any OneDrive-stored file right from this section when you’re online, or right-click to save an offline version. Another great thing about Office 365 Education is that updates are included as part of the service. New and enhanced apps, features and services should be rolled out to every user as they appear. Most recently this has included the live document editing in the Office 365 Education Word Web App. As shown in the table on the previous page, Office 365 Education and OneDrive for Business is free in the basic A2 plan, but if you don’t want to commit you can try the service with a free trial. This gives you an idea of how administration and provisioning can work before you set up a full system, not to mention a good grounding in how it looks and feels from staff and students’ perspectives. Safety and security. In the connected world, data security and child protection are more important for education than ever before. Microsoft has signed up to the EU Safe Harbour agreement, meaning the Office 365 Education service complies with EU regulations on where your students’ personal data can be stored. You can easily find out where the data centres your school uses are located (in fact this makes a great school project in itself!), and get detailed information on who can access your data and when. All the data is held in 24-hour monitored data centres, and it’s encrypted both at rest on Microsoft’s servers and in-transit over the internet. 2.2 11 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education 2.3 Chapter 2: OneDrive for Business and Office 365 Education
  12. 12. education12 Windows 8.1 in Education Student Advantage. Microsoft recently announced (December 2013) Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions that will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office at their education institution and at home. This means that any schools that license Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus (Plan A3) – which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and offers the ability for these to be locally installed on up to five devices - for students at no additional cost. Office for iPad is even included in this! To put this into an economical context, a white paper commissioned by Microsoft and released by IDC points out that top candidates for current and future jobs will be measured by capabilities and competencies, with 20 distinct skills bubbling up to the top in millions of high-growth, high-paying job postings. The study provides insight into the skills students need for the top 60 high- growth, high-wage occupations that will account for 11.5 million new hires and 28 percent of job growth by 2020. Out of those skills, Microsoft Office proficiency was at the top the list. With Student Advantage, students at schools across the globe will have access to the latest, most up-to-date version of the world’s leading set of productivity tools in order to give them a competitive advantage when entering the workforce. Learning in practice. Due to its enterprise standard, by using Office 365 Education you can start to prepare young people for aspects of the workplace after they have left schools. But the power of the toolset held within Office 365 Education also has the potential to improve teaching and learning in a number of classroom scenarios. For example you might consider the following: • Use a Microsoft Lync Video Conference to beam an expert from a different place into your classroom to talk to your class or to deliver a virtual presentation. • Use a combination of Microsoft Lync Online and SharePoint Online to deliver distance-learning scenarios for your students. • Use SharePoint Online to build a school or class website. Not only will this help facilitate anytime, anyplace learning but it will also help break down your school walls to members of the local community (including parents). • Give students a choice of output for a writing task using Office Web Apps – perhaps they could create a report or a presentation? Remember the focus should always be on the narrative and not on the tool. • Use Office Web Apps to create an ePortfolio using OneNote Online. • Use Exchange Online tasks to keep on top of your ‘to do’ list and your lesson planning or Exchange Online Calendar for people to book rooms in the school (e.g: the library or the computer lab). • Share documents and resources though the use of OneDrive for Business. • Don’t forget that because Exchange Online is optimized for Windows 8.1 and that Windows 8.1 is available on multiple devices suddenly the possibility of using Exchange Online to communicate with your students, populate your school timetable and manage your diary will be a lot closer to reality than it might have been in the past. Windows 8.1 in Education 2.4 2.5 Chapter 2: OneDrive for Business and Office 365 Education
  13. 13. education13 Windows 8.1 in Education Finally… a word about typing. Due to their nature, productivity tools such as Office 365 Education require you to type, whether this is an email, a presentation or an extended report. Which means that it is important that both you and your students know that as well as being optimised for touch, Windows 8.1 is also optimised for mouse and keyboard use. Indeed, one of our favourite features is the ability to search for anything just by typing on the Start screen. Windows 8.1 also has a ton of keyboard shortcuts, such as Win C for opening the Charm menu, Win D for showing the desktop, and Win Z for opening the app bar. Windows 8.1 in Education 2.6 Now we understand that our user experience is unified by Windows 8.1 and cloud technologies such as Office 365 Education and OneDrive for Business, we will move on to talk about the diverse range of devices that support Window 8.1. Chapter 2: OneDrive for Business and Office 365 Education
  14. 14. Chapter 3: Windows 8.1 Devices 14 Windows 8.1 in Education Personalisation is very important to young people and this in turn makes Windows 8.1 very appealing, as it is available on such a diverse range of devices. Personalisation is achieved through ‘choice of device’ yet the user experience is unified through the powerful nature of the Windows 8.1 operating system. For example, in the case of Windows tablets, these devices combine the power of a PC with the flexibility and mobility of a tablet. Windows tablets deliver the full functionality of a PC including productivity applications (e.g., Office Suite) that prepare learners for the workforce or for advancing their education. Furthermore, with Windows learning does not stop when students leave school: Access to content and files online and offline and on any device enable “anytime, anywhere learning” and help learners stay organised and productive. The flexible interface of the tablet with touch, pen, mouse and keyboard enables familiar and new modes of teaching and learning. Additionally, with Windows tablets teachers can move freely around the classroom, and students have all the resources they need in one durable and lightweight portable device. In this section we will look at some of the different types of Windows 8.1 devices that are available in education. Whatever the device you use for getting your information out, it should be the same information. Tim Berners-Lee (creator of the world-wide-web) education
  15. 15. Which Windows 8.1 Device is best? There are lots of factors that might impact on your purchasing decisions for your Windows 8.1 device. But before getting bogged down with hardware specifications it is important to have a think about what it is exactly you might want your learners to do with their device. For example as a school: • Are you trying to improve literacy? • Are you trying to improve numeracy? • Do you want your students to be more digitally literate? • Do you want your students to mainly use their devices for accessing content (from the Internet or from procured resources?) • Do you want your students to be able to take photographs with their devices? do you want your students to be able to type on their devices? • Do you want your students to attach peripherals (eg: a keyboard or a projector?), etc. There are a number of other key factors here as well such as the age of the children. For example, do very young children in a nursery or early years setting really require the use of a keyboard? And also do you want young people and staff to be able to take their device home, if so then a desktop solution is unlikely to be appropriate. Once you have worked out the answers to these and other questions, you can then start to consider the minimum hardware specification that you will need to implement your vision. For an overview of Windows 8 devices, aligned to user type, please refer to the Devices in Education eBook published in January 2014: Chapter 3: Windows 8.1 Devices 3.1 education15 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education Read more Devices in Education
  16. 16. education16 Windows 8.1 in Education Device management. Managing PCs has always been a key requirement in order to ensure they are running efficiently, protect valuable information in a secure environment and have the right applications installed. Microsoft has made this task progressively simpler but the tools involved can appear daunting for the smaller organisation. However, there are now a number of solutions available for Windows 8.1 (and some older versions) to suit everyone, from individuals managing their own devices to large scale education establishments: For the individual, Microsoft provides a personal cloud service, OneDrive combined with a Microsoft Account, which allows devices to be trusted so that applications, data, settings, favourites and passwords can be synchronised without having to worry about the complexity involved. This is done from one central point, security and privacy being key tenets. For the smaller establishment, all types of devices can be managed through our Intune MDM cloud service, with Windows 8.1 providing improved mobile device management services. When deployed, this means that when the user enrols their device, they are joining the device to the Windows Intune1 Management Service. This in turn allows you, though a cloud based administration console, to do a number of things including upload and publish software packages, manage policy, lock devices, check battery levels, send messages and perform an enterprise wipe without on-premises infrastructure. Users also get access to the Company Portal which provides a consistent experience for access to applications, data and for users to manage their own devices. Also, for the first time Windows 8.1 includes Open Mobile Device Management (MDM) this means you can allow management of Windows 8.1 devices with other mobile device management products, like Mobile Iron or Air Watch. For the larger establishment, System Centre Configuration Management Server 2012 R2, the industry leader in PC management, provides the gamut of services and capability. This now includes full integration with Intune to provide a single administration and reporting point for all types of devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs, supporting most current operating systems including Windows 7 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, IOS, OSX, Android and most Linux distributions. Other recent innovations include self-service device registration, user driven apps distribution and WiFi/network policy management. In addition to this core device management, Windows is compatible with the widest range of applications and connected devices such as printers, scanners, cameras and more. USB ports also make it easy to share files and to connect to external devices. Windows 8.1 also benefits from enabling remote support from IT staff which means that teachers and students can continue using their devices while any potentials issues are resolved. 3.2 Chapter 3: Windows 8.1 Devices Windows 8.1 in Education ‘Windows to go’ turns your PC into a Windows 8.1 machine even if you are running a previous version of Windows.
  17. 17. 3 Windows To Go. One interesting feature of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition and Windows 8 Enterprise Edition before it, is Windows To Go. In a nutshell Windows To Go enables Windows 8.1 to boot and run from a mass storage device such as a USB flash Drive or an external hard drive. The basic idea of Windows To Go is simple, schools need to be able to manage the workspaces on which their applications are being used, but students and teachers may not want their personal computers managed for them by their schools. Borrowing an idea from virtualisation, Windows To Go creates an environment that can be managed separately from a user’s personal environment. With Windows To Go, both students and teachers can use the school or education authority workspace when the Windows To Go thumb drive is plugged in and operating. It is also important to realise that Windows To Go turns your PC into a Windows 8.1 machine even if you are running a previous version of Windows. What is nice about this is that the experience between home and school can potentially become more unified. For security reasons if you are running Windows To Go then you will not be able to access your local files on your hard drive. But in reality of course this doesn’t really matter. Once you have Windows To Go up and running, you can sign into it with your normal Microsoft or Domain Account. This means that you can access all of your normal Windows 8.1 Apps, software and cloud storage (via OneDrive) that have been approved by your school’s network. As you are reading this you are probably also starting to realise just how important Office 365 for Education is (see chapter 6) as part of the integrated Windows 8.1 Experience. In the next chapter we will talk about the wide range of Apps that can help personalise your Windows 8.1 device further and be used to help unlock powerful learning and teaching scenarios. 3.3 Chapter 3: Windows 8.1 Devices Windows 8.1 in Education education17 Windows 8.1 in Education
  18. 18. education18 Windows 8.1 in Education Chapter 4: Apps - it’s about more than just apps
  19. 19. What actually are Apps? An ‘app’ is short for ‘application’, which is another name for a computer program. Some Apps come pre-installed on your Windows 8.1 Device while others can be downloaded from the Windows Store. Apps let your tablet do almost anything that the programmers can imagine, within the technical limitations of the device. Apps often make use of the hardware features of the Windows 8.1 Device that they are running off, for example the camera and GPS. Apps can range in price from free to around £50 for some specialist programmes. But most apps tend to cost between £1 - £3. The Windows Store will allow you to browse specifically for free apps, and many of these have some relevance in education. You should check licensing arrangements if you want to install an app on a large number of devices. Furthermore, Windows 8.1 will allow you to run Windows 7 apps, with the exception of Windows RT devices, and with the recent update in particular also allows users to run IE8 browser apps. Collectively, this offers users total flexibility to embrace a modern environment without losing the ability to access the apps that are important to them and the way that they work/study. What makes Apps for Windows 8.1 special? Windows 8.1 builds on the foundation of Windows 8 by enabling the next wave of app innovation. With Windows 8.1 Update, apps continue to take centre stage, introducing new ways to interact with the desktop system. The Windows Store continues to offer great opportunities with better merchandising, and improved discoverability for education themed apps. Additionally, The Windows Store is pinned to Start and to your taskbar by default, so you can easily discover new apps. When you use the Search charm, Bing Smart Search includes apps in the suggestions and the search results. Also, after you’ve installed new applications, Start includes a message in the bottom-left corner of the screen, pointing you to the Apps view so you can see what you’ve recently installed. Without wishing to get too techie, Windows also gives developers a unique array of choices - choice of programming language (C#, C++, JavaScript, or VB), choice of presentation technology (XAML, HTML, or DirectX), and choice of business model via the Windows Store. Chapter 4: Apps - it’s about more than just apps 4.1 4.2 Windows 8.1 in Education education19 Windows 8.1 in Education
  20. 20. Some Apps to get you started. Chapter 4: Apps - it’s about more than just apps 4.3 education20 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education APP NAME BRIEF DESCRIPTION APPLICATION IN EDUCATION OneNote The App version of the popular Microsoft Desktop Note taking application. OneNote allows typed notes, written notes, video and photographs. • Note taking • e-portfolio • Collaborative working My Study Life Free planning tool for teachers, students and lecturers. Teacher lesson planning and organisation. Clip Collage Movie Maker Import video clip and photos, add a soundtrack to make movies. A very quick way to make powerful movies where focus is on literacy rather than video editing. GeoGebra Dynamic maths software that brings together geometry, algebra, graphing and many other concepts. Numeracy, maths, technology and physics. Freshpaint A great paint App. Art and creativity. AnimateIT Stop frame animation creator. Turn your clay, plasticine or paper models into some great stop-frame animations. Animation is great for improving literacy and also helping students understand controversial issues such as bullying. Skitch Touch Annotate images that you have captured from your gallery or the web. Great opportunities here for developing creativity, literacy and artistic skills. Video Coaching Pal Record and analyse sport performance. Physical education, science, health and wellbeing. Scan QR Code Reader. Accessing content, QR Code treasure hunts and a whole range of other things. Khan Academy App to access Khan Academy. Math and science tutorials – a good start for developing your approach to the flipped classroom. Reading List Collect articles to read (RSS Reader). Collate web articles to review, create your own ‘personal news’ online magazine.
  21. 21. APP NAME BRIEF DESCRIPTION APPLICATION IN EDUCATION Skymap Explore the night sky. Great for physics and astronomy. But the night sky also makes a wonderful place for some creative writing. Music Maker Jam A simple music creator. Obvious links to music but a great opportunity for just about any subject to make revision songs and tunes. Voice Notes for OneDrive Record Voice notes straight to OneDrive. • Note taking • e-portfolio • Podcast Kids Story Builder Create visual stories with narration. Wonderful for storytelling, teaching controversial issues and inspiring creativity. Corinth Anatomy Augmented Explore the human body in augmented reality (lots of other great apps from Corinth as well!). Great for biology but also just to make young people realise what is possible with technology. The Dynamic Learning App Access digital content from Hodder Gibson. A wide variety of subjects from one of the UKs largest education publishers – perhaps the real future of the eBook? The Global Grid for Learning App The Global Grid for Learning app lets teachers and students stream and download high quality, trusted educational resources from multiple global providers. Quality content for just about any subject. The Encyclopaedia Britannica App For more than two centuries, Encyclopaedia Britannica has partnered with Nobel Laureates, former U.S. and international presidents, scientists, and many other historical figures to provide our users with the information they seek. Research, research, research… Some Apps to get you started (...continued). Chapter 4: Apps - it’s about more than just apps 4.3 education21 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education
  22. 22. What about App management? Windows 8.1 allows users to set default apps for things like the Web browser, e-mail client, music player, video player, photo viewer, calendar provider, and map address. This can be done by going to the Charms menu, which can be accessed by clicking the lower right-hand corner of the screen or hitting the Windows and C button at the same time, and going to Settings. Next, select Change PC Options, click on Search Apps, and choose the Defaults option. Windows 8.1 also gives users the option to organise apps into various groups. Live Tiles can be dragged and dropped as you please, while a right-click will give you the opportunity to name specific app groups. A right click on a tile will also present a context menu next to the tile that shows certain actions such as resize, pin to taskbar and turn live tile off. Not every app is displayed in the Start Screen. A complete list of installed apps can be accessed by either clicking the down arrow in the lower left-hand side of the screen, or by performing a swipe down on a touch screen. Selecting the up arrow or a swipe upward will bring you back to the home screen. You might also be pleased to hear that with Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Store apps automatically update. This feature is enabled by default, but if you would like to disable it, simply enter the Store, go to the Charms menu, click on Settings, and select App updates. Finally, schools can also create a more secure environment by restricting the files and apps that users or groups can run on a Windows 8.1 device, increasing the security of the device and the data it holds. Chapter 4: Apps - it’s about more than just apps 4.4 education22 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education
  23. 23. How to pick Apps Choosing the right App can be tricky and with a growing number of Apps in the Windows Store you will often find and try apps that can be used in education through trial and error. In fact, some of the most creative practitioners will agree that the best education apps for Windows 8.1 aren’t actually found in the ‘education’ section of the Windows Store. Tony Vincent from has produced a nice little App Review Rubric that might also be helpful when trying to choose Apps. It helps you make decisions on Apps by thinking about the App in relation to the following things: Relevance The app’s focus has a strong connection to the purpose for the app and appropriate for the student. Customisation App offers complete flexibility to alter content and settings to meet student needs. Feedback Student is provided specific feedback. Thinking Skills App encourages the use of higher order thinking skills including creating, evaluating, and analysing. Engagement Student is highly motivated to use the app. Sharing Specific performance summary or student product is saved in app and can be exported to the teacher or for an audience. The rubric can be downloaded under a Creative Commons Licence from: One of the best way to find Apps is though recommendation. This is one of the reasons why communities like the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network are so important. We will talk about this and other communities in the next chapter. Chapter 4: Apps - it’s about more than just apps 4.5 education23 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education
  24. 24. Chapter 5: Professional Skills and Professional Communities It is a known fact that technology alone is not enough to change education and challenge teacher attitudes in the classroom. For true transformation to occur a combination of factors is needed including good leadership, curriculum, modern approaches to assessment, research, technology and appropriate teacher professional development. Teacher professional development (or continuous professional development) is often the most overlooked factor when it comes to education transformation. The following online professional development communities and technology qualification framework are a good place to start in order to find others and gain support from both experts and peers. education24 Windows 8.1 in Education Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. Bill Gates, Founder and Technology Advisor, Microsoft Corporation
  25. 25. education25 Windows 8.1 in Education Microsoft Partners in Learning. Microsoft Partners in Learning (PiL) is a 15-year, 700+ million dollar global initiative aimed at improving teaching and learning. Since 2003, it has led the way in partnering with education professionals, helping nearly 8 million educators and reaching more than 190 million students in 114 countries. At the heart of PiL is the Partners in Learning Network, an online professional development community that helps educators and school leaders connect, collaborate, create and share so that students can realize their greatest potential. For more information of PiL join the online discussion today at: As well as the vibrant online community offered by PiL are also a number of other opportunities covered by the programme. This includes Online Envisioning Workshops, The Partners in Learning Schools Program, Peer Coach and Mentor Training, Virtual University Seminars and access to the Microsoft Partners in Learning School Research (PILSR). For more information on PILSR see Chapter 6. Skype in the Classroom. Skype in the classroom2 is a free platform for connecting educators and experts to learners everywhere. There are lots of ways that Skype can be used to enhance learning and teaching including: Introduce your students to world-class experts Skype in the classroom puts a world of adventurers, scientists, and world-leading experts at your fingertips. Whether you’re looking for a historian, an author, or engineer, you’re sure to find a fascinating speaker to invite into your classroom on Skype. Collaborating with other classes There are endless ways to introduce your students to another class on Skype. For starters, why not try a Mystery Skype lesson? This is a global guessing game invented by teachers, where each class has to guess where the other class is from. Teachers from around the world have already created thousands of lessons for you to discover, and if you have something else in mind, you can create your own such as a collaborative science investigation or an international book club. Take your class on a free, virtual field trip From Mount Everest’s base camp to the bottom of the ocean, Skype in the classroom offers you the chance to take your class on an unforgettable virtual adventure. Skype in the Classroom partners include museums, zoos and explorers that make extraordinary experiences free and available to classrooms anywhere in the world. 5.1 5.2 Chapter 5: Professional Skills and Professional Communities Windows 8.1 in Education helping nearly 8 million educators and reaching more than 190 million students in 114 countries.
  26. 26. education26 Windows 8.1 in Education Microsoft IT Academy. We all know that certification and examinations aren’t necessarily the end goal of learning but they are important and we also know that most employers like certifications as they can provide proof-of-competence. One way to get learners more motivated about business productivity software is to set clear and tangible targets and to make sure that students understand that they are working towards something. As well as improving their skill level and preparing for the workplace, that ‘something’ might also be professional recognition. The Microsoft IT Academy3 provides students with the future ready technology skills they need to be successful in college and a career. It’s not just office skills as well. The IT Academy provides logical progression and certification for a variety of technology related career paths including Technology Associate, Digital Literacy, Office Professional, IT professional and Software Developer. One of the great things about the above networks and qualification structures is that they encourage you to share your skills and experiences with other people. In the next chapter we will look at some of the emerging practices that are associated with changing pedagogies. 5.3 Chapter 5: Professional Skills and Professional Communities Windows 8.1 in Education
  27. 27. Chapter 6: Changing pedagogies One of the nice things for educators about a new and emerging technology such as Windows 8.1 is how you can start to apply it to education. Although we are only just starting to realise the full benefits of Windows 8.1 in schools, there is no doubt it will bring with it a lot of exciting learning opportunities and in turn, inform new pedagogical principles. In this chapter, we will discuss some tools to help you understand where your school is now in terms of technology integration. In addition, we will cover some of the emerging practices that are starting to become more universally recognised with the introduction of new device formats such as tablets and convertibles. education27 Windows 8.1 in Education Technology is a mindset, not a skillset. Kim Cofino, Yokohama International School
  28. 28. education Chapter 6: Changing pedagogies Where are you now? Understanding where you are now is the key to school improvement. One tool that will help you make a judgment on where you are is the Microsoft Partners in Learning School Research (PILSR)? PILSR provides individual schools with an online research tool to measure their own innovative teaching practices that develop the skills students need for life and work today. Based on globally-recognised research, the PILSR research tool is international in scope, enables school-specific measurement of innovative teaching, and provides a common language to drive community dialogue and systemic change. The research tool validates the role/importance of technology (including 1:1) and is based on globally-recognised research that measures innovation in three key areas: • Student centred pedagogy (teaching/learning). • Extend learning beyond the classroom. • ICT used for teaching and learning. PILSR is a free, easily accessible tool that is simple to administer and distribute to staff and school leadership teams with a minimum time commitment. The results are powerful and personalised for each individual. 6.1 28 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education
  29. 29. education Chapter 6: Changing pedagogies The move to 1:1 computing One to One Computing in education is the simple concept of every child and member of staff in a school or institution having access to a personal computer. Over the years the definition has evolved to replace the words ‘personal computer’ with ‘laptop’ and more recently ‘device’. A device might include a laptop, netbook, handheld or tablet computer. 1:1 Computing is increasingly seen by education visionaries as a key component within the bigger picture of how we deliver education to young people. Anthony Salcito the VP of Worldwide Education at Microsoft describes this from a traditional (industrialised) approach, through the automated and access age, to an age of holistic transformation. 4 As the model to the right shows, most countries in the economically developed world are currently in the ‘Automated Age’ and moving towards the ‘Access Age’. If the model is to be believed, then many countries around the world will start to move to ubiquitous 1:1 learning environments within the next 5 - 10 years. Some countries such as Macedonia, Portugal, Turkey and Venezuela are already amongst the early adopters. It is quite rightly perceived that countries with a technological advantage in schools, could well lead to an economic advantage in the future leading to other schools and school systems adopting 1:1 in a domino style effect in the short to medium term. 29 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education FUTURE NUI, natural language, immersive learning, anywhere anytime connectivity. HOLISTIC TRANSFORMATION Data driven personalisation, elevated technology integration, rich content. ACCESS AGE: NOW – 3 YEARS 1:1 student to technology device, ubiquitous digital learning. AUTOMATION AGE: 90’S – NOW Traditional paradigms replicated with technology... move to digital. TRADITIONAL: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Lecture based, educator controlled, content assessment model. TIMELINE Many countries will move to 1:1 learning environments within the next 5-10 years. 6.2.1
  30. 30. education Chapter 6: Changing pedagogies Bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own browser (BYOB). Educators just love abbreviations, don’t they! Bring your own device (BYOD) is the term used to describe the process where students and teachers bring their own device (normally a type of computer) into school to help them with their learning. Bring your own browser (BYOB) is similar but emphasises that the device being brought into schools should be able to access the internet and in turn subtly emphasises the importance of browser based and cloud based technologies. Both BYOD and BYOB are potentially quick ways for schools to gain 1:1 computing access. The advantage of BYOB models is that young people have got a degree of choice as to what device they can use to help their learning but the browser is the key to being able to access their learning. Windows 8.1 devices are ideal for this type of concept because there are so many manufacturers who produce devices (at various price points) for Windows 8.1. As we have already discussed, Windows 8.1 come pre-installed with Internet Explorer 11, which is a fast modern browser. For further information on BYOD check out the Microsoft eBook, ‘BYOD in Education: A practical guide to get you thinking’.5 30 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education 6.2.2 education A practical guide that will get you thinking TheMicrosoftBrandGuidelinesforEducation|27 themicrosoftvisualidentity BYOD
  31. 31. education Chapter 6: Changing pedagogies Why go for a 1:1 learning environment in the first place? Different people will tell you different things when it comes to actually describing the benefits of 1:1 learning environments but generally speaking the research suggests that when used in the right way: • Most students are more motivated to learn in 1:1 environments. • 1:1 learning environments allow for students to access a greater range of personalised learning opportunities. • Differentiation can be easier to achieve with 1:1 – including stretching and accelerating the learning of more able students. • Communication improves between staff and staff; students and staff; students and students; and the school and home. • Over time, 1:1 can improve the administrative functions of the school, making systems more efficient and allowing resources to be better deployed elsewhere. Pressure is reduced on other school resources (e.g: computer labs). Emerging practice As well as using tools like PILSR and other self-evaluation tools it is important that educators keep up to date with the latest emerging practice when it comes to 1:1 learning and teaching. Four learning and teaching methodologies are mentioned below – they are not particularly new and should not be seen as the complete future solution for teaching and learning – but they are rapidly becoming established in many schools across the globe. 31 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education 6.2.3 6.3
  32. 32. education Chapter 6: Changing pedagogies Flipped learning Over decades the traditional pattern of teaching has been to assign students to read textbooks and work on problems outside of school, while listening to lectures and taking tests in class. In flip teaching (also sometimes called backwards classroom, reverse instruction, flipping the classroom and reverse teaching) the students first study the topic by themselves, typically using video lessons prepared by the teacher or third parties such as the Khan Academy.6 Then, in class, students apply the knowledge by solving problems and doing practical work. The teacher tutors and coaches the students when they become stuck, rather than imparting the initial lesson face-to-face. Flipped classrooms free up class time for hands-on work. Students learn by doing and asking questions. Flipped classrooms also provide really good opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and support. Flipped learning is not exclusive to a 1:1 Learning environment but as the pedagogy relies on students accessing digital content both inside and outside the school, a high student to computer ratio is useful if you want to develop transformation change. As well as the third party content (such as Kahn Academy, mentioned above) teachers can also produce (and students respond well to) teacher-generated content. Tools such as Microsoft Live Movie Maker and screen recording built into Windows 8.1 can help teachers prepare for this sort of lesson. Videos, along with follow up tasks and questions can then be hosted in online environments such as SharePoint Online, which is part of the Office 365 Education. Back-channelling In recent years back-channelling has become popular at education conferences using tools and services such as Twitter #Tags and Todays Meet.7 The same principles that have been used at conferences for a while are now starting to be applied to classroom learning and teaching scenarios. Back-channelling is a way for students to demonstrate that they are following what a teacher is saying and that they understand the content. Back-channels can also provide an online space for students in the lesson to talk about some of the concepts being discussed, to help other people in the class understand the content (via peer support) and to ask questions that can be followed up at a later date by the classroom teacher. One important consideration during this learning and teaching scenario is that this type of interaction, although powerful, does not come naturally to young people – it is a skill that is required to be taught and practiced if it is going to have any real impact and not be a distraction to learning. Office 365 Education and Yammer are both tools that can be used to support back-channelling in the classroom. 32 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education 6.3.1 6.3.2
  33. 33. education Chapter 6: Changing pedagogies Learning through collaboration Obviously, if used in the right way, 1:1 (one device for each learner) does offer opportunities for independent learning. But the reality of it is the digital collaborative learning opportunities are far greater with 1:1 than without. It is also important to remember that ‘independent’ learning doesn’t necessarily mean ‘learning by yourself’. I think there is a time and a place for children to learn independently but then I also feel that as human beings we achieve our greatest learning feats through collaboration and copying. Just think how you learnt to walk, talk and read. Isn’t it a shame that education is still one of the only aspects of society that still calls copying, ‘cheating’! Now I know collaboration is nothing new (we call it group work!). However collaboration is becoming increasingly important in the modern world, as we become more connected around the globe. The rise of cloud computing and faster Internet connections have enabled collaboration in business to move from strength to strength and it is important in schools to transfer traditional collaboration skills to the digital world to help prepare young people for the future. One of the challenges of developing collaboration in 1:1 environments is changing teacher attitudes so they don’t just re-create the same thing eg: learners sat around a table doing group work with computers. Indeed, the real power of collaboration is learners being able to collaborate with others (peers or experts) in different parts of the classroom, school or globe. Collaboration tools like Skype in the Classroom, Office 365 Education and OneDrive for Business (all mentioned above) give opportunities for learning that were beyond our imagination ten years ago. MOOCS and Ad Hoc Learning ‘Ad hoc’ is a Latin phrase meaning “for this”. It generally signifies a solution designed for a specific problem or task. A YouTube Instructional Video is a good example of Ad hoc Learning – it has been made for a specific purpose and because it is didactic it provides very little in the way of personalisation. This type of learning resource is good for finding out things that you really need to know quickly and are personally motivated to find out. Often your personal motivation is what makes you stick with the video (and often watch it again) rather than the engaging content (as you already know most YouTube Videos have quite low production values). One of the beauties of 1:1 and the sheer volume of ad hoc learning resources on the web is that it allows learners to find a resource that is matched to their own needs and learning style. Where as in the past one resource would have had to serve the needs of all of the class eg: playing a video to a class of 30+ students. A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a good example of more formal Ad Hoc Learning. They are ad hoc because the participant chooses if they would like to take part or not and if they complete the course to its end. But they are structured into a logical progression and link other participants together through online forums and communities. You can participate in MOOCs for free on most things these days. The transformational power due to the choice of MOOCs and Ad Hoc Learning are just another reason why 1:1 is so important in the future of education. 33 Windows 8.1 in Education Windows 8.1 in Education 6.3.3 6.3.4
  34. 34. Chapter 7: Top Apps* A growing selection of free and paid education Apps for Windows 8 are now available in the Microsoft Store, with some exciting titles launching over the coming months. Let’s take a look at 6 Top Apps for education. education34 Windows 8.1 in Education *All Apps available for BETT 13.
  35. 35. education35 Windows 8.1 in Education Practical English Usage Practical English Usage is a world bestseller and a vital reference tool that helps teachers and higher-level learners with common language problems in English. It is now available as an app, making it quicker and easier to look up the 600+ entries. The app has been developed by Oxford University Press, the world’s most authoritative English-language reference publisher, working together with Paragon Software Group, a leading software developer for mobile devices. Practical English Usage provides instant answers to questions about the English language which both native and non-native speakers of English find difficult to explain: When do we use a past tense with a future meaning? When and why do English speakers use ‘the’? Do I say ‘big’, ‘large’, or ‘great’? What exactly is the difference between ‘close’ and ‘shut’? How do I read out an email address? The Practical English Usage: • Deals with spoken and written grammar, vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, and differences between formal and informal language. • Contains over 600 indexed entries covering all the important problems for learners of English. • Includes notes on background topics such as letters and emails, politeness, standardisation and dialect grammar, the meaning of ‘correctness’, differences between spoken and written English, and changes in English. TOP 5 FEATURES: 600+ entries, a searchable index and A-Z view make it easy to find what you’re looking for. Provides instant answers to questions about the English language which both native and non-native speakers of English find difficult to explain. You can create your own list of favourite entries Includes real examples so you know how language is used. Covers differences between British and American English. Contact Us Information: Web: Email: Twitter: OUPELTGlobal Facebook: Chapter 7: Top Apps Windows 8.1 in Education 7.1 “Improve your English language skills.” 1 2 3 4 5
  36. 36. education36 Windows 8.1 in Education Chapter 7: Top Apps Windows 8.1 in Education CreateBook CreateBook is an easy to use App allowing users of all ages to create stunning eBooks which include text, video and a range of other media. The eBooks created adhere to the ePub standard allowing them to be read by most ePub readers. CreateBook has many applications, including education where students of all ages can create everything from narrated story books to multimedia revision guides. It’s simple, stunning interface will make it the ideal companion for Windows 8 Tablets in the classroom. TOP 5 FEATURES: Import a range of media including video, sound, images and text. Create drawings, videos and sound recordings within the App. Publish as standard ePub 3 format viewable by most ePub readers. Create hyperlinks to online content. Share books via email and SkyDrive. “Now everyone can create stunning eBooks.” Contact Us Information: Web: Email: Telephone: 01384 573330 Mobile: 07834 990979 7.2 1 2 3 4 5
  37. 37. 1 2 3 4 5 education37 Windows 8.1 in Education Chapter 7: Top Apps Windows 8.1 in Education GroupCall - Emerge for Schools GroupCall Emerge for Windows 8 is the powerful and intuitive App that empowers teachers with an up-to-the-minute copy of their MIS (Management Information System) data instantly and securely available on their Windows 8.1 device, anytime, inside or outside school. Being native to Windows 8.1 allows Emerge to utilise all the benefits that the interface offers making ‘Emerge for Windows 8’ the leading MIS companion App in education today. GroupCall - Emerge for Schools gives teachers instant access to a wide range of information: • attendance • timetables • behaviour and achievement records • contacts • medical records and notes • sibling data Arming teachers with this information offers the opportunity to deal with situations as they happen with the confidence that information is accurate and up to date. Working closely with several schools has driven GroupCall to make the process oftaking attendance, which is traditionally a time consuming and inefficient process for teachers, simply a breeze using Emerge. Whether or not a connection is available to the school management system, once a connection is available Emerge simply and silently connects and uploads the attendance marks. Taking full advantage of the features built in to Windows devices, Emerge has the ability to record, store and upload video and photographic evidence to the school management system as they happen in real-time. Having the most common daily student management functionality at your fingertips, and now available at the click of a mouse too, makes Emerge for Windows 8, the ‘must have’ mobile App in education today! TOP 5 FEATURES: MIS data instantly and securely available for access anytime, anywhere. Take registration remotely with attendance, behaviour and achievement write-back. Photographic and video evidence functionality. Updates MIS in real time – online and offline modes. Integrates with all major MIS systems. Contact Us Information: Web: Email: Telephone: 02085 027 344 Twitter: Groupcall 7.3
  38. 38. education38 Windows 8.1 in Education Chapter 7: Top Apps Windows 8.1 in Education 7.4 “Make learning an adventure with LP+ Safari.” 1 2 3 4 5 LP+ Safari Make learning an adventure with LP+ Safari, an exciting new early years App from Learning Possibilities. The App has the ability to synchronise with the LP+ Learning platform but will also work on a standalone basis. Using the App, learners can use the Write and Paint tools which have been customised for young minds. LP+ Safari can be used on any Win8 device at home, school or the library. If you would like to know more about the LP+ platform, take a look at our website: TOP 5 FEATURES: Paint canvas tool. Safari theme. Write tool. Choice of colours and fonts. Paint sticky tool. Contact Us Information: Web: Email: Telephone: +44 (0)208 236 1000 Twitter: tlpplus Facebook: Learning Possibilities Youtube: lppluschannel
  39. 39. Chapter 7: Top Apps Windows 8.1 in Education education39 Windows 8.1 in Education Purple Mash Purple Mash is an award-winning website for primary school children. It is a creative space where children can apply and enhance their knowledge. Being online, children can use Purple Mash at school, at home and anywhere they have an internet connection. Children can start work at school, save it to their Purple Mash document storage and continue from home; an ideal way to engage parents and strengthen home-school links. “Raising standards in creativity.” TOP 5 FEATURES: 2code – Teaching coding with step be step lessons on debugging, games making and real code. Painting – Create artwork with textured felts. Publishing – Make your own newspapers and more. Serial Mash – Follow the serialised fiction. Counting graphing – Explore numbers through pictograms. Contact Us Information: Web: Email: Telephone: +44 (0)20 8203 1781 Twitter: purpleMash Facebook: 1 2 3 4 5 7.5
  40. 40. Chapter 7: Top Apps Windows 8.1 in Education MediaCore Capture MediaCore Capture is the easiest way to record, trim, and share video within your institution or organisation, and ties beautifully to your MediaCore account. Capture is used by teachers, professors, universities, and companies to record things that happen every day and share them. It’s the easiest way to teach, learn, and transfer knowledge within your institution. “Video learning made simple.” TOP 5 FEATURES: Simple to use. Record HD video and upload to MediaCore at up to 1080p. Add metadata about your video including title, description, tags. Choose who you want to share the video within your organisation. Instantly upload your video to your institution’s MediaCore platform. 7.6 1 2 3 4 5 Contact Us Information: Web: Email: Telephone: +1 250 590 9394 Twitter: MediaCore Facebook: education40 Windows 8.1 in Education
  41. 41. education Windows 8.1 in Education 41 Windows 8.1 in Education Conclusion. From reading the above hopefully you will agree that Windows 8.1 is a great operating system and one that is certainly worth exploring with your students. If you’re not convinced then why not ask some of your students – many of them already use Windows 8.1 to help them play, socialise and learn. Furthermore, with the fact that Windows devices are easy to manage whether they are shared devices, one-to-one school owned devices, or personal devices students bring from home, Windows 8.1 offers both a great environment for learning combined with a platform that is easy to support from an IT perspective. It is exciting times for technology in schools and there is no doubt in my mind that Windows 8.1 is part of this mix.
  42. 42. education Windows 8.1 in Education 42 Windows 8.1 in Education Acknowledgements. A huge thank you to the following people who have influenced my practice and thinking on the use of Windows in the classroom over the years. In no particular order… • Anthony Salcito , Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector Organisation • Louise Jones, Highland Council, Scotland • Tim Bush, Microsoft UK • Stuart Ball, Microsoft UK Note: The above acknowledgements does in no way indicate that the fore mentioned people have acknowledge or endorsed the contents of the eBook.
  43. 43. education Windows 8.1 in Education 43 Windows 8.1 in Education References. 1 Windows Intune Management Service 2 Skype in the Classroom 3 Microsoft IT Academy 4 Reflections from Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2011 – Anthony Salcito (VP Microsoft Education, Worldwide) Keynote Presentation 5 BYOD in Education: A Practical Guide to get you thinking eBook, Microsoft UK (2013) 6 The Kahn Academy 7 Today’s Meet (Click arrow to go to link)
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