BETT 2016 Guest Blog – HP: Creating meaningful connected learning experiences with Office 365

Microsoft Partner HP, exhibited at BETT 2016. As a premier provider of technology solutions for education, HP showcased their latest education portfolio which is built for especially for schools and designed for learning. Read on to find out how they facilitate anytime anywhere learning with Office 365.


At HP, we believe that a high-quality education is a modern education. One in which students and teachers can create deeply individualised and connected learning experiences, at any time and from anywhere, in the classroom or not. It is only by evolving the way we empower teachers to differentiate instruction and students to learn how they learn best, that we can ensure meaningful learning and positive social and economic outcomes. This will create a brighter future for our whole society.

An example of our investment in Education in the UK&I is our pioneering Digital Schools of Distinction Award, brainchild of Ann Marie Whelan, where we recognise, reward and promote best practice use of technology in education in Scotland further to the success of the programme in the Republic of Ireland. This will Support measures to improve Scotland’s international reputation for technology in education through programme alignment to government policy in the form of a National campaign and to raise public awareness of the importance of technology in education. Collaboration is one of the most promoted benefits of technology in Education and has transformed the dynamics of the classroom such as the Office 365 suite; the way teachers teach and students learn. The Digital Schools of Distinction scheme promotes best practice sharing, collaboration and mind sharing around use of ICT in Education between teachers as being every bit as important as the more commonly discussed student collaboration and recognises a best practice approach to use of technology in education to deliver the education experience.

75% of DSoD Schools in Ireland confirmed the programme had given rise to and created momentum in innovative and effective use of ICT tools by teachers.

84% of DSoD Schools in Ireland reported more focus on ICT usage to support curriculum objectives.

81% of DSoD Schools in Ireland focused more on leadership and vision in relation to integration of ICT in teaching as a result of the scheme.

Studies report learners recall just 10% of what they read and 20% of what they hear. If there are visuals accompanying an oral presentation, the number rises to 30%, and if they observe someone carrying out an action while explaining it, 50%. But learners remember 90% if they do the job themselves, even if only as a simulation. These facts support the rise in Gamification in Education and are the driver behind HP UK’s collaboration with Microsoft and the Tablet Academy rolling out our Minecraft in Education series of Roadshows and offering Schools and Colleges ‘bundles’ of the technology solutions (tablets or 2-in-1 devices), Minecraft EDU licenses and most importantly training for teachers to utilise the world’s second fastest selling computer game of all time to engage students and enable better learning. Almost 80% of learners in an independent study say that they would be more productive if their institution was more game-like and Minecraft EDU “encompasses the whole curriculum” and “finds a way to access student learning in a different way”.

For over 75 years we have been bringing innovation to Education and we are passionate to support academic institutions and their teachers. We have a new suite of solutions created ‘by students for students’ in our Education Edition range – built to withstand the rigors of the classroom environment, Page Wide printing technology offering an average double the speed of laser at half the cost and new product launches specifically for the Education sector which was announced at BETT 2016.

Kenneth Fyfe, HP UK Education Sales Manager,, +44 (0) 7795 541 976, @HPEduKennie

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