More schools across the US intend to install, deploy, and adopt Windows 8 to help improve overall learning experiences of students. Microsoft Corp has recently announced a deal with 10 schools and universities in the country that aims to bolster students’ preparedness and technology skills through the use of the new operating system.
Microsoft Corp has revealed that 10 higher education institutions and K-12 school districts have formally signed an agreement to use Windows 8. This deal will cater to more than 540,000 faculty members and students who are employed and enrolled in those schools. Those are in addition to the growing community of education centers that are adopting Windows 8.
The software giant is confident that its new operating system will facilitate modernization of the education system in selected areas in the US. The program is expected to be helpful in supporting new standards of education, online assessments, and possible migration to digital learning. Through the adoption, the company also assures that students will be prepared to take success in the currently competitive global economy where employers demand modern skills, critical thinking, and problem solving capabilities.
Those schools that decided to adopt the new operating system include Fargo Public Schools, Jackson-Madison County School System, Fresno Unified School District, Thomas College, San Antonio Independent School District, and Tuckahoe Common School District. These universities and schools have also announced their definite plans for the adoption.
The network of schools across Georgia is one of the biggest school districts in the country where there are 48,000 students enrolled. Those will be given access to 25,000 virtual desktops where Windows 8 are installed. Educators intend to use SharePoint where their students will upload and share their student digital portfolio.
The Florida-based university aims to install Windows 8 in its entire inventory of 2,815 laptops and desktops. This move will complement its ‘bring-your-own-device’ (BYOD) program. It will benefit its more than 8,700 students and around 1,200 employees. Barry University plans to use Office 365 Education and integrate access to campus resources to bolster productivity and collaboration.
The online learning and adult education company is currently testing Windows 8 to be used for its own Product Support and Validation Lab. This education network wants to take advantage of proliferation of mobile and touch-based devices, coupled with rising demand for work and life combination tools. It presently supports up to 324,000 students and about 25,500 employees not just across the US but also worldwide.
The New York-based university has already installed Windows 8 in all its campus labs. It is testing the program for more pilot products to build a classroom technology in a fast pace. The goal is to provide state-of-the-art experiences for learning that its students deserve. So far, the operating system is planned to be deployed in all its 10,000 devices and desktops.