More than a million students in the New York City Public Schools system will now have free access to Microsoft Office 365.
Working in collaboration with the City Council, the New York City Department of Education is making Office 365 ProPlus benefit available to all teachers and students, providing them with up to five downloads of the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher.
Teachers and students will also have anywhere, anytime access to OneDrive cloud storage, and will be able to download Office to five additional mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets.
Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president for Worldwide Public Sector Education, said: “In the city that is a world leader in so many areas, every student will gain proficiency in what IDC called the number-three most in-demand skills valued for employers. Quite simply, the integration of Office 365 into every student’s daily schoolwork prepares them for future success by developing both the hard and soft skills they’ll need as they enter college and the workplace.”
The Office 365 ProPlus benefit enables students to access the same tools they use in the classroom in their own homes. This means class assignments are no longer restricted to the classroom.
“Students will be free to research, create, collaborate and share — anywhere, and at any time,” Salcito explained.“ And educators can create and review assignments and assess student progress just as easily, freeing them up to concentrate on the business of learning.”
Educators will be able to get access to the full Office suite on up to five PCs or Macs, and will be able to utilise the editing capabilities of Office apps for iPad.
Using Lync, students will be able to communicate with other classrooms around the world, and with OneNote, teachers are able to share things like lesson plans, class notes, photos and ideas.
“Microsoft is committed to improving education outcomes and helping young people around the world do more and achieve more,” Salcito concluded. “We fulfill that commitment every day through the more than 30 free programs and hundreds of partnerships that make up the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. We also bring that commitment to life through the Office 365 ProPlus benefit.”
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