• How to choose the right devices for different school roles

Whether the class is virtual or in-person, the right device can help you deliver a superb interactive learning experience, stay productive, and increase creative engagement from students.

The education technology space is transforming at a rapid speed and the tech behind this delivery needs to be suitable for any modern environment. With mixed reality and digital collaboration now the norm, it’s essential that the tools in place offer the security, functionality, and flexibility needed for modern educators, wherever the classroom may be.

We took note of the struggles being faced in this contemporary era of digital learning and we’ve taken a deeper look at the typical roles within a school environment and matched each role with the device most suited for their needs. We also made sure that each device provides enterprise-grade security protections, and enhanced productivity tools, to empower creativity and collaboration – so you can focus on what really matters.

 

Teachers

Teachers aim to inspire the next generation through several ways. They are constantly facing several challenges in and out of the classroom that hinder productivity and get in the way of digital learning.

Challenges

My device needs

  • Remote teaching with students in a wide range of situations
  • Mobile, lightweight, and easy to fit any setting
  • Create engaging curriculum for students’ unique needs
  • All the functionality of a digital whiteboard
  • Keep assignments and lesson plans organised
  • Helps provide students more personalised feedback

 

Recommended Surface device: Surface Pro 7

Ideal for any hybrid learning scenario, its ultra-light and versatile design allows teachers to move through the classroom or the home teaching space with ease. Now with more power than ever and with faster multitasking, this device lets educators take creativity to the next level. It can easily project to an external large screen display for the benefit of everyone in the room in a classroom environment and when combined with a Surface Pen teachers can quickly review students’ work and create personalized lessons. In addition, teachers don’t have to worry about stopping to recharge as the day progresses with an all-day battery that lasts from 1 to 10.51 hours and with charging capabilities of up to 80% in hour thanks to Fast Charging2.

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School Leaders

These roles are focused on leading educational institutions that meet the needs of both the students and staff. They need a device that helps them meet these requirements and stay connected to the rhythm of the school day.

Challenges

My device needs

  • Work on creating an engaging curriculum
  • Keeps them productive in the office or on the go
  • Manage a large team of faculty and staff
  • Ability to flawlessly integrate with existing equipment and infrastructure
  • Working with administrators and local government
  • To help them represent the school well

 

Recommended Surface device: Surface Book 3

The most powerful Surface laptop yet is the ideal gadget for school leaders. Its quad-core powered 10th Gen Intel Core™ i7 processors can tackle complex analysis and machine learning models, perfect for leaders who need to analyse dense reports as part of their management tasks. At a time when most collaboration is happening online, its Dolby Atmos sound add astonishing detail, richness, and depth to virtual meetings. And with connections for USB-C® and USB-A ports, full size SD card, and optional Surface Dock 2 for a single connector to charge devices, transfer files, and display video on external monitors; it also provides all the connections they need.

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Students

Students are the workforce of the future and they need to build the skills needed to succeed from any environment they are working from. Their ideal device should reflect these needs and help them get the most of their education.

Challenges

My device needs

  • Keeping all notes, assignments, and feedback organised
  • Help facilitate feedback from teachers
  • Remaining thoroughly engaged in his studies, even with remote learning
  • Empower them to collaborate with other students
  • Difficulties in effectively collaborating with classmates
  • Easily be carries from class, to the library, and home

Recommended Surface device: Surface Go 2  

Students can easily immerse themselves in the learning experience with Surface Go’s intuitive touchscreens and stunning HD PixelSense™ displays. Configured with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, they can easily collaborate with other students remotely with its co-authoring capabilities, or connect with groups of students, or the whole class.

The lightest and most compact Surface yet can easily be carried from class to the library and home, making it the ideal device for students who are always on the go.

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Professors

Professors help shape the workforce of the future in many ways. Whether they’re delivering engaging lectures, conducting research, or collaborating with students and peers wherever they might be, it’s imperative that the right device helps them achieve these goals.

Challenges

My device needs

  • Keeping lectures, assignments, and research organised
  • Ability to manage all their work on one device
  • Creating and delivering engaging lessons for students’ unique needs
  • Capability to give more engaging lessons
  • Avenue for collaboration with other professors and students
  • Provides excellent collaboration tools

 Recommended Surface device: Surface Laptop 3

Surface Laptop 3’s thin, light, and elegant design allows professors to work and teach from anywhere, whatever’s on the agenda for the day. With its powerful 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, professors can easily stream research reviews or hold meetings for off-campus students with no lag time. And with the added benefit of Windows 10 Pro, it gives them access to the latest productivity apps, so they can comment, share, and edit notes at the same time as students or colleagues. Most importantly, it protects valuable data from cyber-attacks with built-in enterprise grade security.

See the full specs, live price, and stock on the marketplace.

Have an idea about what device you need? Find out pricing using our simple configurator tool: select the device and then add any accessories or warranties you need for an up-to-date price including Surface-as-a-Service options. Try it now on our marketplace, registration is free!

 

 

References:

1. Surface battery life: Up to 10.5 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2019 using preproduction software and preproduction Intel® Core™ i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM device. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

2. Surface battery life: Up to 10.5 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2019 using preproduction software and preproduction Intel® Core™ i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM device. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors. See surface.com.

 



 

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