According to UNESCO, more than 1.6 billion children worldwide lost learning opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The past 18+ months have fundamentally changed the education landscape. Schools are relying on technology in unprecedented ways, shining a light on the fact that solutions that were once “good enough” for learning, no longer meet the bar.
Where learning takes place has changed. Educators and students now convene in person, remotely, and in blended environments. This means classroom device management must evolve as well.
Today, we're announcing a simple and affordable licensing option for our education customers, Microsoft 365 A1 for devices, and a new way to engage your students with Microsoft Teams Content from camera.
There is no doubt that the economic and workforce transformation happening today will have long-term impact on the types of professions and careers that will grow in demand in the future. We’ve entered a stage where digital literacy is a global phenomenon, as Microsoft President Brad Smith, shared recently in the next stage of our global skills initiative.
The pandemic has forever changed the ways technology is used for learning and education. As some educators, IT professionals, and school leaders prepare to return to in-person learning, they will increasingly consider how to incorporate the technology-enhanced learning innovations students have grown accustomed to during remote and hybrid learning.
If we have learned anything from the past 15 months, it is the importance of flexibility and resilience. Yet, despite the massive worldwide disruption, schools had to continue educating the world’s students to prepare them for the future.
We’re excited to announce the completion of a new paper, “Flattening the multimodal learning curve: A faculty playbook,” which aims to equip faculty with effective strategies, practices, and tools to navigate the pedagogical paradigm shift accelerated by COVID-19.
As education continues to evolve, so does the technology used to enable digital classrooms. To build confidence in remote and hybrid technology, Microsoft Teams offers a variety of free educator resources and professional development. From self-guided training in the Microsoft Educator Center to clickable demos and on-demand resources, teachers, parents, and IT admins can build the skills they need to support their students in any environment.