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Three reasons why Windows is the best OS for secondary school

Posted in Articles on 20/5/2020

Why use Windows for secondary school education at PB Tech

BYOD programmes implemented at the secondary school level are finding the device requirements slightly different compared to learning at the primary school level.
At the secondary school level, students take on more complex tasks, and their devices need to have higher processing power to reflect this.
Secondary school is also when students pick up skills and build habits that will see them through their adult life, such as communication, time management, and group work.
Microsoft has created a comprehensive education ecosystem around its Windows operating system that is uniquely placed to help students with learning these skills. It’s used by learners and educators worldwide and has many built-in security and management features that make it suitable for use in an education environment.
PB Tech’s Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) for Education programme covers several powerful Windows devices perfect for teachers and students at secondary schools.
DaaS for Education is an innovative new way for education providers to revolutionise device management and spread out the cost of device ownership. The service can be adjusted to suit the needs of any school, giving you the ability to equip educators with the right device for the computing power they need. Talk to our education specialists today to learn more.
Here are the three key reasons why Windows devices are the most sensible choice for teachers and students at the secondary school level.

App ecosystem and compatibility

Windows 10 is compatible with the majority of applications used both in education and beyond, giving secondary school students the opportunity to start learning to create and do work on a platform that they will continue to use in their tertiary education and working life beyond. This helps students grow into self-directed learners who can focus on the task at hand instead of figuring out the nuances of the operating system they're using when presented with a project.
Microsoft also has a rich app ecosystem with thousands of applications available via its Microsoft Store. On top of that, it has partnered with names like Lego and Minecraft to create fun, educational programmes to teach students how to code like as part of Microsoft MakeCode. Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.
Microsoft’s collaboration platform, Teams, has all the capabilities and tools teachers and learners need to facilitate remote learning and assignments, and test administration.

Performance without the price tag

Secondary school students need increased processing power for the tasks in their curriculum, but with Windows, it doesn't have to come with a steep increase in the price tag. Windows 10 devices built for education are available at varying price points from vendors such as ASUS, Lenovo, and Acer.
They’re sturdy and durable, made to withstand the rough and tumble of everyday student use.
Whether the curriculum calls for digital inking technology, 2-in-1 laptop and tablet devices, touch screen, or mixed reality, there is a Windows device that will fit your learning needs.
Devices running in S mode also have quicker startup time and faster performance as they’re pared down, delivering a responsive experience, whether they’re being used to stream HD video, open apps, or be productive on the go.

Security

Microsoft keeps devices on Windows operating systems secure by issuing regular updates and maintenance patches. It also has a more lightweight, secure version of Windows 10 Pro designed specifically for education users – Windows 10 S mode.
With Windows 10 in S mode, both teachers and parents can have peace of mind that students downloading applications like Office, Evernote and Spotify from the Microsoft Store are Microsoft-verified for security.
Microsoft Edge, the default browser, also includes protection for students against phishing, socially-engineered malware, and has a browser extension that helps identify the trustworthiness of a site to help students to identify and be on their guard for fake news.

Does your school need Windows devices for its secondary curriculum?

Spread out the cost with Device-as-a-Service for Education or purchase upfront from our extensive range of Windows devices for Education. Talk to our education specialists today to get access special education pricing for schools.

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