Enabling and inspiring students and teachers with Windows 8: Collaborating beyond the school gates

Except from our ‘Enabling and inspiring students and teachers with Windows 8’ eBook.

School, like work, has become more than just somewhere to go. Teachers now expect pupils to take a certain amount of control over their own education, particularly when it comes to the latter years and home study. Even at a young age, pupils and parents need access to a variety of content outside of school hours. Timetables, teacher’s reports, lesson plans and homework should all be available for access whenever a pupil needs them. Windows 8 empowers pupils to take control of their own learning though accessing and sharing content. Using sharing technology, such as OneNote, Office 365 Education and SkyDrive enable pupils to access securely and easily information about their classes, additional content and material when outside the school gates. 


OneNote for example, enables pupils to continue study groups while outside of lessons and collaborate with other pupils in order to complete joint tasks.  Teachers can upload lesson notes online with the confidence of knowing classes can refer back to the notes whenever they need to, particularly at exam time to help with revision, for example.  And, vitally, with OneNote, notes can travel with the pupils, regardless of device; students access OneNote at school and save content, they can access that content once home in order to complete the day’s work. Windows 8 can empower pupils to set their own pace of learning outside of the classroom and gain deeper knowledge regardless of location.

Collaboration and creativity are core attributes of a 21st century education system and sharing technology that pupils can use every day. SkyDrive is a cloud-based central repository for content and could be used to store all of the lesson materials on a particular topic, for example.

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