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StaffRobert HeinyMicrosoft Surface Changed Schooling Again

Microsoft Surface Changed Schooling Again

MICROSOFT (MS) CHANGED SCHOOLING AGAIN, this time with Windows RT on Surface. This release shows even more of what’s possible in schooling to increase learning than have previous computers.

Almost 11 years after it introduced Tablet PCs, MS brought together and expanded into one compact package strong features from those Tablets along with a more dynamic Windows operating system. They used extensive experience with Surface Tables in schools, among other venues, across the globe to refine features of their new mobile unit. MS calls this new package Surface with Windows RT.

It comes pre-installed with Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview. Educators and students, along with the general public, can stay productive with touch-enhanced versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

The name Surface highlights the touchscreen feature for ease of use by people younger and older with and without challenges of manuvering the conventional electronic mouse.

Surface responds quickly, provides pictures (icons; MS calls them “Tiles”) for navigation, and allows use of more graphics and videos than most teachers will cram into lessons.

It’s a thin, light weight machine capable of replacing customary desktops and older Tablet PC for learning and other productivity in and out of schools.

MS will release a Windows 8 Pro on Surface soon.

 

Robert Heiny
Robert Heinyhttp://www.robertheiny.com
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in The Encyclopedia of Education (1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for TuxReports.com.

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