There’s no doubt that innovative learning techniques create excitement and motivation for students as well as teachers, improving achievement and development for both. Providing contemporary learning experiences in education is really important for successful and forward-thinking institutions.

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There are many challenges in today’s learning environment, such as improving learning outcomes, increasing efficiency, and competition from other institutions. Connected Education aims to help overcome these challenges, using the latest creative tools and collaboration technologies. The Connected Education tools which include eLearning concepts, sophisticated reporting systems and ideas to manage and secure IT efficiently, can greatly improve methods of working for ICT in schools.

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For example eLearning enables students and academic staff to deliver and manage content from any device, anywhere, at any time. Pupils can write assignments, take notes and create multimedia projects using high-level software from wherever they are working – in the classroom, at home, or anywhere else.

Students can also improve projects by being able to communicate with teachers and fellow students using a range of software such as voice, video and instant messaging tools. This can largely improve the speed and effectiveness in which they are able to learn, ask questions and complete assignments. There are also many teacher resources within eLearning to help teaching staff put together engaging learning sessions, using multimedia presentations, podcasts, videos or interactive online courses.

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Another effective element of Connected Education is the improvement of administration tasks within schools. Microsoft business intelligence solutions enable academic staff to collate performance related reports into easy to understand dashboards and graphs, in real-time. Reporting is simplified, allowing leaders to gain a better insight into their institutions and make informed decisions from the data gathered. The greater insight schools have, the more enhancements they can make to their learning approaches, making them high competition for other institutions.

IT Professionals and CIO’s in education organisations can also take advantage of Connected Education. Microsoft’s suite of smart tools can reduce IT overheads, as well as manage and secure IT networks more efficiently. For example, IT staff can automate the distribution of applications, updates and patches to servers, desktops and laptops across their network. Security, imperative in education institutions, can be strengthened successfully using Connected Education. Networks can be protected from attack by setting security protection criteria for networked PCs, automatically quarantining those that do not comply while they are disinfected or patched. Virtualisation software provided within Connected Education can also hugely reduce unnecessary overheads, for example you can consolidate all servers into one virtualised environment, create a virtual desktop so that software and applications can be accessed centrally across the network, and host applications and files in the cloud.

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