Methven Primary School has a long history of investing in digital technology and providing ICT experiences for all of its students, regardless of age. In the past the school has been solely Apple based but in 2014 they moved to a dual platform to meet the growing and differing needs of its students. The purchase of 34 Microsoft Surface tablet devices to supplement the school’s 60 iPads was not so much a bold move into the unknown but more a strategic shift based upon a growing mountain of evidence gathered from the school’s students and teachers.
The Surface’s have been predominately issued to the school’s two senior classes (Year 5 & 6) who are now revelling in the collaborative environment of Office 365. It’s never easy being the vanguard of innovation and there were certainly issues that arose that needed to be overcome in the initial stages of moving to a cloud environment. Cyclone were instrumental in solving these problems so that the school was able to move on. Building a strong and personal relationship with Cyclone has been pivotal in getting the school to the position it currently enjoys.
Not only are the students enjoying the benefits of Office 365 but the school is now beginning to embrace the potential it has within it to make a real difference to how the school operates behind the scenes. From our public facing website and community information sharing, through to the school’s governance documents, teacher appraisals and team planning; nothing is off limits to the school’s thinking about how Office 365 will save time, effort and the duplication of jobs and information that dogs so much of school operations. Cyclone has provided valuable professional development to all staff that has been either programmed or on a ‘just in time’ basis.
What is Student Advantage? Student Advantage enables every student in New Zealand access to 15 Microsoft Office Pro Plus licenses at no additional cost. This adds huge value to any BYOD programme, and will help address equity of access for all students. This also includes Office for iPad
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