The company proposes high performance and affordable devices as well as improvements to Office 365 for Education and collaborations with Lego and the BBC.
It is an unquestionable reality that girls and boys are increasingly familiar with new technologies, learn much faster than adults and their future both professionally and personally will be marked by technology, however, the infinite improvements in education that could bring new technologies are taking time to flood the classrooms. Microsoft is one of those technology companies that is committed to a more technological education system. According to a study carried out in collaboration with McKinsey & Company , teachers can have up to 30% more time using the appropriate technology in the classroom.
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Those of Redmond have presented during the BETT international education fair a series of novelties in their offer aimed at training the little ones.
Low cost hardware
In terms of hardware products, Microsoft offers new devices with low-cost Windows10. ” The reduction of budgets can lead schools to choose devices with limited experience and a limited lifespan, which unfortunately cost more over time and offer less to students, ” they explain in the statement.
The offer includes Lenovo and HP laptops that are resistant to liquids and shocks, with a more durable battery and faster connectivity to make their use in the classroom more comfortable. On the part of Lenovo would be the model 100e , based on processors Intel Apollo Lake , from $ 189 and the Lenovo 300e , a 2 in 1 with pen from $ 279 . On the other hand, HP devices would be the HP ProBook x360 11 EE , one of the best sellers in the education sector (299 dollars) and the HP Stream 11 Pro G4 EE PC (from 225 dollars).
According to the study conducted by Microsoft, students whose education gives them more freedom to be creative with interactive experiences improve 98% more than students of a more traditional method. Interactive and practical experiences such as the new Minecraft update for Education , called Chemistry Update , which will be launched in a few months and allows students to put their knowledge of chemistry into practice.
They have also expanded the functions of Office 365 for Education, including, for example, the possibility of accessing Teams through smartphones and for students to write a speech using only their voice.
Finally, the manufacturer collaborates with a large number of companies such as Pearson , PBS and even NASA . Among the agreements, the collaboration with Power School stands out , a platform of educational technology of Primary and Secondary; as well as with BBC Worldwide Learning to take to the classrooms the movie Oceans: Our Blue Planet ; or with Lego Education , to create a free online STEM hacking course, where students will apply the Pythagorean Theorem to explore and obtain measurements in 2D and 3D.