Pasadena Independent School District to deploy Windows 8.1 devices

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 30 June 2014
Pasadena Independent School District to deploy Windows 8.1 devices

Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, US, is to deploy Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablets with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 365 with OneNote to more than 12,900 teachers and students.

Following a successful two-year pilot at schools in the district, Pasadena ISD chose the Dell devices with Windows 8.1 to concluded that the inking capabilities in Windows 8.1, combined with OneNote, would provide a high level of engagement. Duplicating the traditional pen-and-paper experience, the tablet and OneNote enables students to take notes in real time, complete art projects and make annotations.

“There is a massive transition to digital happening across the country and around the world in education and schools looking to prepare their students for the world beyond the classroom are empowering their students and teachers by providing devices, services, training and other elements needed for improved student outcomes,” said Margo Day, vice president of US education at Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we are proud to be a partner with so many great schools that are leading the way forward for education and in preparing our youth for tomorrow’s workforce.”

Pasadena ISD is just one of a number of US schools that has chosen to leverage Microsoft technology to improve the learning experience for both staff and students.

Earlier this year, Houston Independent School District in Texas revealed it had implemented Office 365 and HP Elitebook Folio 9470m Ultrabooks running Windows to support more than 14,000 students and 1,200 teachers in the first phase of its PowerUp initiative.

Baltimore County Public Schools is to roll out 150,000 HP Elitebook 810 Revolve devices running Windows 8.1 to all students and teachers over the next four years as part of its Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow initiative, as well as Office 365 through the Microsoft Student Advantage programme.

Other schools rolling out Windows 8 devices include Chester County School District in South Carolina and Leon County Schools in Florida, which has given Windows 8.1 devices to its 34,000 students. In addition, Fresno Unified School District, the fourth-largest district in California, is currently rolling out 15,000 ASUS Transformer T100 devices running Windows 8.1 to students in the third to eighth grades.

As part of a state-wide agreement, West Virginia Department of Education has allowed all public schools to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and has provided Office 365 and Office 365 ProPlus to students, teachers and staff, resulting in lower costs and broader access for schools and families.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools initiated its digital convergence project by rolling out 150,000 HP devices running Windows 8.1, with tablets for seventh-grade civics and ninth-grade world history classes, and laptops at the elementary level. In addition, more than 10,000 interactive boards will be added to classrooms across the district, and all 350,000 students will receive Microsoft Office Professional Plus for free as part of Microsoft Student Advantage.

Cincinnati Country Day School has deployed Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices for students in grades five to 12, as well as faculty members.

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