Education Technology that Empowers Students, Educators and Faculty Members

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed education dramatically–schools had to adjust rapidly to the reality of remote learning. Although 15% of U.S. households do not have access to high-speed internet and are unable to participate in the digital classroom, embedding technology in teaching and learning is still the top priority of global educators surveyed, both in high-and low-outcome groups.

Therefore, as students, teachers and faculty members begin to transition back to school, it is imperative that education technology is used to strengthen virtual learning capabilities and remote operations to provide hybrid learning experiences that enable all students to continue high-quality education regardless of global health crises, weather, lack of transportation, or other limiting circumstances.

How Students Benefit from Technology

Whether at school or home, students face a number of challenges, including keeping all notes, assignments and feedback organized, remaining thoroughly engaged in their studies, effectively collaborating with classmates and managing work across multiple devices and notebooks.

To better transition into virtual and blended learning environments, students need secure and lightweight technology that facilitate feedback from teachers, empower them to collaborate with other students, easily be carried from class to home and consolidate all schoolwork in one place and on one medium.

How Educators Benefit from Technology

Educators face several challenges in and out of the classroom, including remote teaching with students in a wide range of home situations, developing engaging curriculum for students’ unique needs, keeping assignments and lesson plans organized and connecting with students and parents who speak English as a second language.

To manage busy schedules and a variety of students with different learning styles, educators need secure, lightweight and versatile technology that helps them provide students with personalized feedback, and personalized learning experiences with multiple form factorsvideo, image, touch and voice features that can adapt to every learner’s specific needs for students with physical or invisible disabilities—whether virtual, hybrid, or in-person.

Microsoft offers a portfolio of Surface devices with touch and inking for more experiential and accessible learning, plus LTE options—so that educators and faculty members have the tools they need on campus, at home, or on the go.

How Faculty Members Benefit from Technology

The uptick in cyberattacks is causing schools to shut down as sophisticated cyber criminals or state-sponsored hackers perform cyberattacks targeting students’ personally identifiable information (social security numbers, financial information, health records) and in some cases, sensitive research data and intellectual property.

With remote and hybrid learning on the rise, security is more important than ever. School leaders and faculty members are tasked with providing technology that not only inspires teachers to improve curriculum and engage students, but also secures confidential school and student data, and keeps virtual and blended learning environments accessible.

Surface devices come preinstalled with Microsoft Defender Antivirus to mitigate security threats, anywhere, anytime. Schools can stay one step ahead with Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to detect, investigate and respond to advanced attacks on their networks. With Windows Autopilotdevices get deployed, reset and repurposed, with an experience that is zero touch for IT.

Have you recently, or do you plan to upgrade your devices and digital security? Learn more about Microsoft Surface Devices and Software for K-12 and Higher Education by registering for our free informational webinar.

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