How is Microsoft transforming education?

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As the world changes, so does the future of our students. We cannot sit back and let them enter a drastically shifting employment market without transforming the pedagogy, culture and approach to technology that is a legacy of the previous century.

Today’s students need real-world skills to thrive in the not-too-distant future. Qualities like critical thinking, collaboration, creative problem solving, self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and the ability to construct complex solutions. This is true regardless of subject area. Complex skills are as important for artistic, service, and human-oriented professions as they are for more scientific, technological, or industrial employment.

Digital skills are now Vital for All

On top of critical thinking and problem solving, the digital skills that were once the province of computer science students are now crucial across the entire spectrum of education. It’s increasingly difficult to imagine how your students will succeed without digital facility, be they looking to pursue careers in healthcare or banking, academia, or the performing arts. For education systems, this requires a deliberate effort to create conditions where learners can demonstrate and develop these capabilities.

The key is focusing on student centricity

For learning transformation, student centricity should be the core of your ‘disruption.’ This makes it possible to move successfully from a traditional model based on mastery of a curriculum, to a model of learning that is about giving students the practical experience to achieve their personal potential. Our focus has shifted to equipping young people with future-ready skills for jobs that are yet to be invented or which are unlikely to be automated. To ensure that today’s youth have these skills and are employable in the workforce of the future, the 2016 World Economic Forum observed: The education system will need to adapt to prepare individuals for the changing labor market. At the same time, recent IT advances offer new and potentially more widely accessible ways to access education.

A Proven Approach to Transformation- Microsoft Education Framework

Microsoft worked with 130 leading policy makers and academics to evaluate studies of schools, school districts and countries where learning transformation initiatives have made dramatic improvements. The result is an Education Transformation Framework grounded in the latest research into effective policy, leadership, and pedagogy transformation.

Leadership and Policy

Modern Teaching and Learning

Intelligent Environments

Purpose-driven, accessible learning spaces: It’s about matching physical learning spaces and furniture with learning goals to provide flexible learning choices. One strategy is to build learning labs and studios next to common, quiet, and collaborative spaces. A low-fi approach is to split existing spaces into specialized zones.

Sustainable and responsible design: It’s about creating healthy, thriving environments with plenty of fresh air, light and natural views to keep learners alert, positive and engaged while reducing costs and environmental footprint.

Smart integrated security: It’s about using intelligent safety systems to proactively make schools safer and reduce bullying and other threats. Such systems can track people and assets, alerting the school community to safety issues. They can also control access to school facilities dynamically, aiding emergency response.

Facilities Management: It’s about using the Internet of Things (IoT), the cloud and data analytics to manage complex school environments more efficiently. Connect digital whiteboards, computers, vehicle fleets, lighting, climate control, parking, security and more to improve visibility of assets while using automation and analytics to save cost.

Technology Blueprint:

Conclusion:

Transformation is about more than technology the goal is to enable a complete re-imagining of learning, anytime, anywhere, and to be ruthless in studying and adjusting when and how technology makes things better. The Korcomptenz Campus Management Solution built on Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central covers all workflows related to education such as Admission, Academics, Fee Management, Library, Timetable, Alumni, Hostel Management and Fleet.

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