Partnering with Parade magazine, Microsoft held discussions around the US centered on technology in the classroom. Technology is becoming a part of students' education process (now more than ever), so Microsoft is suggesting teachers take a more active role. Students using technology in the classroom can be a hot topic when it comes to data security, and Microsoft is keen to highlight its own strengths in the area of safe data practices.
Due to Microsoft's diverse software portfolio there are a lot of different ways Microsoft technology can find its way into a classroom. A teacher using Skype to have a guest expert give a lesson. Students using OneNote to do their homework. Searching the web with Bing in the Classroom to avoid exposing students to ads during class. These are just some of the ways Microsoft says technology can help teachers and students.
Although, Microsoft didn't just highlight their own technology during these discussions. Minecraft and 3D printing in the classroom were also mentioned to help students explore and learn using new tools. Teachers can seek help at Microsoft Stores as another way Microsoft employees can assist teachers by showing them how to use existing tech to do more.
Data security is a very important issue for schools and educators. Ensuring their students data is not being farmed or exploited is critical for teachers. Microsoft outlines how student data can be used for good to identify students who may need more attention or assistance. Microsoft subtly calls out Google by saying, "[c]ompanies should not use student data for advertising or corporate gains." While Microsoft may see schools as customers, they make it clear students' data is off limits.
Here is the video Microsoft has provided:
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