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MSCLC – Enabling Anytime, Anywhere Learning for All

October 23, 2012

I’ll be posting from Microsoft’s Connected Learning Conference here in Woodinville, Washington today and tomorrow. Can follow #msclc on Twitter for more information.

We started the day with a great breakfast and a good visit with Michael, and Dean from Calgary Catholic, and Diane from Edmonton Catholic. No bacon yet, but a good healthy breakfast..

First session up:
Enabling Anytime, Anywhere Learning for All

Todd’s note: Brad’s presentation is predicated on the assumption that we’re moving to BYOD. I agree, that’s where we’re going, but are these services available to students with mobile devices?

Brad Tipp
Senior Director Education Strategy
Microsoft Cloud Services for Education

Enabling Anytime, Anywhere Learning for All

Bring your own device is getting bigger. We don’t have to manage, update, fix, replace, but the standard isn’t maintained as much as before.

In the last two minutes, about 1.5 Billion e-mails have gone through, about 3.5 Billion searches, about 2,000 questions asked on the systems. About 6,000 videos posted to YouTube, 2,000 mobile apps downloaded, 1 million tweets. And growing. 5,000,000 facebook updates. IDC says that 1.8ZB Data created in 2011.

By 2020 IDC predicts we’ll create 35ZB of data annually…

We expect that all of the information out there is storable, and easily found – almost instantly.

Skills required in today’s economy are very different from the skills in demand in the past. Now key is on Complex communications and expert thinking, instead of routine tasks.

ICT uses for class-related activity – really just using for searching and very basic/simplistic things.

But it takes a lot more time and work for teachers to adjust and adapt to the world that the students live in and expect.

Accessibility is also critical – do we know that ALL of our students can take advantage of the technology? Is this an issue in our schools?

Are we committed to Education or should we be committed to Learning? Hmm. Interesting.

How does Consumption, Production, and Participation relate to Learning and using Technology?

Are we seeing a change from consumption to production/participation? I hope so.

How did we solve these challenges? Do we really want to have rooms full of servers? We really need to move to a world where the services are delivered to us, without needing a server farm housed locally.

The solution should include:

  • Productivity Tools – Especially the ones we’re used to (students/teachers)
  • Collaboration Platform
  • Is it built on a solid foundation?

Microsoft Office 365 for Education – moved all of these services outside, and easily available online. Brad says we need to make this available to Education at the right price point. Free trumps everything. That may not be how we want it, but that’s how it is. Microsoft has made Office 365 available free for Education. Note, this is not free for Microsoft to provide, there are some substantial costs, but they know it needs to be free for Education. Note – this is the base version, with online apps only.

Hmm. Neat features – teachers can create a simple “poll” question for users in Office 365. Lots of great collaboration tools provided online!

Brad says that Office 365 is committed to working on Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, and Safari… Interesting – Google Docs works very poorly on the iPad, I wonder how well Office 365 will work? I’m going to have to find out! This just in, tried to sign in with my iPad, couldn’t make it work. May have to set it up on a desktop machine first.

Transition from Live@edu and SkyDrive to Office 365 is easy on the end user, but a little complicated on the management end. Transition. The users own the rights/access to their skydrive, so moving from a private account to the managed account is easy for the user – they can drag and drop. But not for the administrator.

What do we get in Office 365 for Education

  • 25GB Mail box w/rich calendaring
  • Instant Messaging and Presence
    • Voice over IP
    • Video over IP
    • White boarding
    • Desktop Sharing
    • Application Sharing
    • Instant Polling
  • Rich Web applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • 25TB of storage per domain for individuals, teams, and institutions

Learning for All
Are we able to reach all students? Are there students who can’t use the software? Microsoft’s goal is to have one system to work with all students, in all grade levels.

A very good first session! Thanks Brad!



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