Guest post by Joskos, one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners

 

Why visitors should attend the Joskos stand?

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Joskos Solutions is a single provider of ICT solutions and services within the education sector. We deploy and support all levels of ICT infrastructure within schools, from the smallest infant school to large academy and university networks. Since 1999, our experience in education has allowed us to incorporate the latest technologies into our solutions, and continues to enable us to provide high quality strategic support and guidance to schools.

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Customer feedback consistently demonstrates that we are committed to helping them to achieve their vision – a commitment that led to Joskos winning the 2012 BETT Award for ICT Service and Support, and being shortlisted for the same award again in 2013. We have also been shortlisted for the 2013 BETT Award for ICT Company of the Year in the £1m to £3m turnover category.

With the huge changes that are currently sweeping the technological landscape, it’s more important than ever for schools to be well-informed when deciding on how to improve teaching and learning through their ICT infrastructure - while staying within their increasingly squeezed budgets.

At BETT 2013, Joskos’ technical and educational experts will be on stand B270, adjacent to the Microsoft stand, and will be talking to visitors about exciting new developments that can have a huge impact on teaching and learning within schools.

One of the most powerful developments is the launch of Windows 8, which will revolutionise the use of ICT, both within the classroom and beyond. Technology is an enabler that, when combined with good learning and teaching, has the power to be truly transformational. Windows 8 helps to release that power, putting resources at the fingertips of learners and helping them to interact with technology in a seamless and intuitive way.

We will be showcasing a range of new tablet devices that run Windows 8, and our technical experts will explain to visitors how the Windows 8 environment can be adapted for their school. With school budgets increasingly being squeezed, we will show how innovations like Windows To Go can be used both to prolong the life of existing equipment within schools, but can also enable a manageable and secure Bring Your Own Device strategy within schools.

Increasingly schools are staring to explore the power of the cloud, and developments such as Microsoft’s Office 365 for education provide powerful tools that all schools can take advantage of. We will talk to visitors about how they can take advantage of cloud storage and online applications, enabling them to extend learning opportunities outside the confines of their physical school buildings. For schools keen to bridge the digital divide, Office 365 for education enables learners to access world standard office applications via the web, regardless of the age or specifications of their own PC. This ensures that no learner is disadvantaged by equipment available to them outside school.

We believe that young people should be able to use the best and most appropriate technologies wherever possible. By doing so they will be better prepared for an increasingly competitive and global workforce. Microsoft’s best of breed software ensures that this is possible and we are proud to be working in partnership at BETT 2013.