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| Jan 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Microsoft Education Australia: establishing a platform for learning transformation

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Insync specialises in delivering educational solutions on Microsoft platforms. 

Microsoft is committed to building a platform for improved learning transformation in Australia, in several key areas. These include:

Devices and mobility

To respond to students’ demands for more flexible learning styles, Microsoft offer a range of Windows devices which cater for different subjects and learning styles. Devices include touch-screen interactivity, digital ink, keyboard compatibility, voice integration and video. Students can sketch notes, type essays, conduct video lessons and do much more.

From an IT perspective, Microsoft also makes managing all of these devices straightforward – via their Enterprise Mobility Suite, which provides secure single sign-on access to school services, applications and safe social media. 

Microsoft also supports more inclusive and accessible ways of learning. Speech recognition in Windows 10 for physically challenged students and Skype can provide real-time transcripts for the hearing impaired. Windows 10 also helps students and staff organise their schoolwork, with easy ways to snap apps in place, optimise their screen space, group items and create virtual desktops.

Learning solutions

Microsoft also makes learning easy and more collaborative, with Office 365 – which includes a range of cloud-based productivity tools for student and staff collaboration at home, on school or on the go.

Schools can also register multiple third party cloud applications in Azure Active Directory, which provides single sign-on access to a portfolio of relevant resources.

Learning systems

Schools can simplify registration and administration and improve course management with online services.

Microsoft Azure provides pay-as-you-go access to infrastructure and platform services, allowing schools to save money by scaling up resources during busy times, such as enrolment and assessment and scaling down during periods of low demand.

BYOD devices are also connected to mobile device management services providing smart reporting and proactive security.

School administration

Through Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security suite (EMS), students and staff can access IT services with self-service password reset, application and device installations, and group management.

EMS also manages access to devices (including those consistently outside firewallls) and multifactor authentication capabilities. An integrated environment extends device management to small or remote schools and campuses.

Microsoft CityNext education solutions can even help schools operate more sustainably by using Internet of Things sensors to control lighting, heating and cooling and smartcards for secure access.

Education analytics and research

To improve institution effectiveness, schools can extract data and track and evaluate different criteria for informed planning and decision-making.

Via tools such as Microsoft Power BI, schools can also get a 360-degree view of performance and operations with easy-to-use reporting tools simplifies access to data and report-sharing with stakeholders.

 

To learn more about how Insync can help you implement a Microsoft-based education solution:

 

Download the whitepaper: The State of Microsoft Cloud Voice in Australia

Download the value summary: Education in the Cloud

 

Or get in touch with the education experts at Insync on 1300 652 207 or email info@insynctechnology.com.au.

 

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