Leon County Schools, based in the US state of Florida, has deployed a range of Microsoft technologies across its schools, including Windows 8 devices.
The implementation, which includes Office 365, is part of Leon County Schools’ initiative to drive a 1:1 mobile learning programme that aims to empower its 34,000 students with necessary 21st century skills. When it started to review the technology available to support this initiative, it realised that a device that was suitable for its elementary schools, may not have been the right fit for students at secondary schools. Windows 8 was therefore chosen as the right platform to provide flexibility across its schools, while enabling a business-class secure environment for teachers and students.
At the same time, Windows 8 allows Leon County District to continue to use the technology it has already invested in, such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager for managing devices across the network, and Microsoft Systems Center for Endpoint Protection.
“When Leon County Schools set out to become a 1:1 school district, we did so with our teachers as our number-one focus. What will they teach? How can we minimise any disruptions to teachers and students in the classroom? For us, it was about the curriculum, not the technology,” said Bill Nimmons, IT director, Leon County Schools in a recent blog post. “Key to this approach was choosing an operating system that minimised the need for additional training by our teachers and students, allowed us to use existing curriculum and applications without limitations and minimised the need to retrain technical staff on additional software to support our 1:1 environment – all things that Windows 8 allows us to do.”
Carlos Fernandez, coordinator of instructional technology, Leon County Schools, said: “We wanted to make sure that the tools were familiar to our teachers but were also relevant to students. We wanted to use the proper tools, like Microsoft Office, like Office 365 and OneNote in collaboration with other web applications, so our students can get different flavours of content, interactivity, and engagement.”
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