Originally posted on the Microsoft in Education blog. If your school is yet to move to Windows 10, there is still time to take advantage of the free upgrade before July 29th. On our SlideShare channel you'll find a handy Windows 10 upgrade guide for schools.
Our mission in education is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day – providing them with immersive and inclusive learning experiences.
Today, Microsoft announced the next major update to Windows and highlighted some of these new experiences for the classroom. Learn how to upgrade PCs in your school to Windows 10 for free here. In addition, we’re excited to share these new Windows 10 apps that will help make your new school year great.
Check out what’s new!
Microsoft Whiteboard is a powerful tool for teachers and students to create, discover, and share ideas together on the big screen.
Write and draw naturally – Multiple people can write on Whiteboard at the same time with a digital pen or using their own fingers. Whiteboard is also designed for the big screen which means getting around feels natural on large, interactive whiteboards when connected with a Windows 10 PC.
Bring doodles, sketches, and ideas to life – Handwriting and shape recognition is built-in which makes drawing basic shapes and angles a breeze.
Create interactive lessons on the big screen – Whiteboard makes it easy to pull in web content, videos, and content from your own library and place them front and center helping keep students engaged.
Share and collaborate in real time – Connect Whiteboard with a Collaboration space in OneNote Class Notebook to share content with a whole class and make changes together in real time from the devices you already use. Creating assignments is easy too. With a quick gesture, any text or content can be made into an assignment in Microsoft Classroom. Assignments flow into the learning management system (LMS) you already use when connected with School Data Sync. Students can also access assignments from Microsoft Classroom web and mobile apps.
We’re excited to see what teachers and students create together with Microsoft Whiteboard when its released as a free app in the Windows Store this year.
FluidMath computes, solves, and graphs your hand-drawn math notation and makes it easy to create tables, sliders, and animate sketches. Use a digital pen to write math problems just like with pen on paper to easily create and manipulate graphs, edit content, access sliders and more – on your screen and the big screen. Get FluidMath from the Windows Store today.
Take a Test
Teachers consistently tell us they want a simple way to set up quizzes or standardized tests digitally. Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings a new Take a Test app – simple and more secure standardized testing for the whole classroom or the whole school. Take a Test makes it easy for teachers and IT to lock down a testing environment and enable simple quizzing.
Set up School PCs App
With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update the deployment process is simplified. Teachers can set up devices in three easy steps, even with no dedicated IT support. The all-new “Set up School PCs” app allows teachers to set up a ‘Shared Cart of Devices’ for their classroom. In addition, Windows 10 is faster than ever, with an average first log-in of 26 seconds* and subsequent log-ins of 6 seconds, helping classes with shared devices get productive quickly. Get the Set up School PCs app from the Windows Store when it becomes available this school year.
Minecraft: Education Edition early access for educators
Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative, and versatile platform for learning. Educators can use Minecraft: Education Edition across subjects to encourage 21st century skills like creativity, problem-solving and computational thinking. By using Minecraft in their curriculum, educators can motivate and inspire every student to achieve more, and ignite a passion for learning.
Earlier this month, we launched the early access program for Minecraft: Education Edition which gives educators around the world a chance to install and try an early version of the product for free. There are a range of sample lessons available for educators to use with Minecraft across subjects and age levels. Each lesson includes learning objectives, activities, suggested reflection questions, and evidence of learning criteria. Some example lessons include “City Planning for Population Growth”, “Exploring factors and multiples”, and “Effects of deforestation”. Visit education.minecraft.net to download lessons or submit lesson ideas.
To start using Minecraft: Education Edition early access today, you’ll need to:
- Upgrade your computer to Windows 10 or OS X El Capitan
- Sign up for a free Office 365 Education account using your school or district email
- Download Minecraft: Education Edition and start playing!
New Office 365 Education Updates
In addition to all of the great things coming in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we’re excited about the new experiences and updates to Office 365 Education that we recently announced. Microsoft Classroom, one place for teachers to manage classes and student assignments. Learning Tools for OneNote, reading and writing tools designed to improve student learning outcomes, including students with learning disabilities like dyslexia. OneNote Class Notebook, one place for teachers to organize lessons, distribute assignments, bring together students in a collaborative space, and provide individual support through private notebooks. Sway, an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating and sharing interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more.
We couldn’t be more excited to see what students and educators learn and create with Windows 10 and Office 365. We hope you love what’s coming for the new school year and we look forward to your continued feedback and hearing about the amazing things happening in your classroom. Let us know what you think on Twitter – @microsoft_edu.