Educators Across the U.S. Adopt Windows 8 to Help Make Students College-Ready and Career-Ready

Educators Across the U.S. Adopt Windows 8 to Help Make Students College-Ready
                               and Career-Ready

K-12 schools, higher-education institutions cite post-graduation preparedness,
manageability and cost-saving benefits as they deploy the new Windows.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., March 27, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced
that 10 K–12 school districts and higher-education institutions have signed on
to use Windows 8 for more than 540,000 students and faculty to prepare
students for futures in college and careers. Microsoft's expanding community
of Windows 8 education adopters now includes Apollo Group, Atlanta Public
Schools, Barry University, Fargo Public Schools, Fresno Unified School
District,Jackson-Madison County School System, Pace University, San Antonio
Independent School District, Thomas College and Tuckahoe Common School


"Microsoft recognizes that in order to be prepared for future success in
today's competitive global economy, students must have technology skills
employers demand, plus relevant, 21st century skills, such as critical
thinking, communication and collaborations abilities, problem-solving, and
greater awareness of the global community," said Margo Day, vice president of
U.S. Education, Microsoft. "Windows 8 is helping schools modernize learning by
supporting new education standards, online assessments and the move to digital
learning by providing a powerful platform where content can be easily consumed
and created, and a connection to the cloud where collaboration opportunities
can be reimagined."

In addition to improving learning experiences that are needed in the work
place, Windows 8 provides students with a beautiful, modern way to consume
content, and allows them the freedom to create, collaborate, produce and share
across a range of devices, with flexibility for pen, mouse and keyboard
inputs. It also saves schools time and money, reducing IT and ongoing
maintenance costs and providing enterprise-ready security, reliability and
management fundamentals.

Schools Benefiting From Windows 8

"We chose Windows 8 because we need much more than a consumption-only device
for online assessments to help prepare students for success," said Chuck
Jones, chief of technology at Jackson-Madison County School System. "On
another operating system, the IT and app management of 1,200 separate devices
for teachers would have been too overwhelming."

In addition to the support Windows provides students as they prepare for
college and careers, educators are choosing Windows 8 for a range of needs:

  oApollo Group (across the U.S.). Windows 8 is currently being tested in
    Apollo's Product Support and Validation Lab, and provided as a virtual
    desktop via Hyper-V to application developers and student support teams
    for testing student-facing applications. The adult education and online
    learning company supports 324,000 students and 25,500 employees worldwide
    and are building out a standard desktop image, including Office 2013, and
    making it available to developers and testers in anticipation of a larger
    rollout in the near future. The most common reason for testing Windows 8
    will be the proliferation of touch-based devices and shift to a more
    mobile workforce, coupled with the increased demand for work-life
    combination devices.
  oAtlanta Public Schools (Georgia). Atlanta Public Schools is among the
    largest metro area school districts, and its 48,000 students will have
    access to  Windows 8 across 25,000 virtual desktops. Staff designed their
    own student digital portfolio learning application using SharePoint, which
    grants students seamless access to their desktop experience, Office 365
    Education, and Office Web Apps from school or any offsite PC or device.
    "We want our students to use the same tools that professionals do on a
    daily basis," said Dave Williamson, district chief information officer.
    "With this anytime, anywhere access to Windows 8 and Office 365 Education,
    we know that when they go to enter college or the job market they will be
    ahead of the curve with this knowledge of the latest technology
  oBarry University (Florida). The university plans to move its full
    inventory of 2,815 desktops and laptops to Windows 8 to complement its
    BYOD program and benefit its 8,700 students and over 1,200 full-time
    employees. Along with the use of Office 365 Education, there will be true
    integration and access to all campus resources, which will result in
    increased productivity and collaboration.
  oFargo Public Schools (North Dakota). More than 3,000 students will be
    receiving Dell Latitude 10 tablets as part of Fargo's 1:1 computing
    initiative designed to meet the learning needs of students in the 21st
    century both inside and outside the classroom. The district was looking
    for a lightweight, touch screen tablet with great battery life that
    students could use for reading, researching, content creation and sharing
    their work. For IT director Bill Westrick, "Windows 8 provides the 'no
    compromises' experience everyone has been looking for. It doesn't force us
    to choose between a device that you can only read from and that doesn't
    connect to a keyboard, or a device geared toward creating documents,
    presentations and other projects. It's the best of both worlds: Teachers
    and students will be able to leverage existing curriculum and resources
    already used in the classroom."
  oFresno Unified School District (California). To prepare all students to be
    successful in college and career, the fourth largest school district in
    California will be standardizing on Windows 8 as its desktop operating
    system for 10,000 teachers/staff and more than 73,000 students. The
    Windows 8 environment will prepare the district to align with curriculum
    and assessment standards supporting the Common Core initiative. In
    addition, the combination of Windows 8 tablet devices as part of its
    Office 365 Education initiative and its move toward 1:1 will enable
    anytime, anywhere learning experiences and real-time collaboration
    teaching students critical 21st century skills.
  oJackson-Madison County School System (Tennessee). Supporting 13,000
    students and 2,000 staff members, Jackson-Madison County School System
    will leverage Windows Multipoint Server 2012 to deploy Windows 8 so that
    one single desktop can serve up to four students, maximizing cost savings.
    The district will also start to implement its 1:1 computing initiative
    this fall.
  oPace University (New York). Windows 8 has been installed across the campus
    labs, and further testing and pilot projects are under way at Pace where
    it is building out classroom technology at a very rapid pace to provide
    the most state-of-the-art learning experiences for students. It will
    deploy Windows 8 across 10,000 desktops and devices.
  oSan Antonio Independent School District (Texas). Deploying Windows 8, it
    will provide 22,000 students with access to Windows 8 tablets in its 33
    libraries to encourage reading engagement among students and increase the
    availability of curriculum resources.
  oThomas College (Maine). Students expect the latest technology that will
    best enable them to be productive and mobile, and they can now download
    Windows 8 and Office 2013 software for free thanks to the school's
    Microsoft Campus Agreement. Furthermore, the school has rolled out Windows
    8 to all desktops and laptops campuswide. The IT department is impressed
    with the startup speed of Windows 8, performance, hardware variety and
    touch interface.
  oTuckahoe Common School District (New York). Supporting grades K–8, TCSD
    has adopted the Surface Pro, Windows 8 and Office 365 Education to help
    comply with the New York State Education Department's requirement, in
    association with PARCC for digital testing. Microsoft partnered with the
    district to address how it could meet these educational standards with the
    Microsoft suite, and technology education teacher David Dileo stated: "We
    looked at how we could meet the state requirements, increase digital
    literacy, decrease the digital divide, and prepare our students to compete
    in a digital world."

"We are moving to Windows 8 to give our students the opportunity to work on
real-world projects with technology they will eventually see in the workplace,
experiences they won't get on other specialty devices," said Chief Information
Officer Yvette Brown of Barry University. "I think Windows 8 will be easier
for those who are not as tech-savvy because of the intuitive user interface
with touch capabilities. I love the fact that I can actually get real work
done on my Windows 8 tablet."

See Windows 8 in Action for Yourself!

To help school leaders and educators better understand how technology can be
used in the classroom, Microsoft is conducting 700 Windows in the Classroom
seminars across the country before the end of the school year. Those wanting
to sign up for a session and to learn more about how technology can be
incorporated into existing curriculum and how 1:1 device programs can help
expand learning outside the traditional classroom walls should visit Schools can also register for the Partners in
Learning Network ( to access a global network of
educators sharing best practices, free software tools and tutorials, and
lesson plans. Specific Windows 8 training materials can be found at

About Microsoft in Education

At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to working with governments,
communities, schools and educators to use the power of information technology
to deliver technology, services and programs that provide anytime, anywhere
learning for all.For more information:

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