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Scott Bricker is the Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California and in that role leads the school’s One-to-One Tablet PC Program. After a successful launch of the program in the summer of 2014, with the distribution of devices to all 1735 students, SMCHS was named a Microsoft Showcase School for its creative training process and focus on Microsoft tools including OneNote and Office 365. Scott was also named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert shortly thereafter, and is a proud member of that group.Given the current opportunities available to teachers with respect to Educational Technology, Scott is a firm believer that those who take on the challenge of injecting appropriate technology into their classroom will look back on this time as one that truly redefined learning and teaching in an incredibly impactful way. Website: Twitter: @BrickerCoaching

Marlowe Dayley is the OEM Hardware and Marketing Lead – Worldwide at Microsoft, working closely with great devices to ensure educators and students all around the world are empowered to achieve more. He has broad experience in finance, marketing and software development, as well as in managing teams and projects in both the public and private sector.  He has worked in both public and higher education before coming to Microsoft.

About Microsoft in Education

  • Microsoft mission in education is to empower students and educators to achieve more
  • Microsoft is committed to creating immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulating development of essential life skills – communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, character, citizenship and computational thinking – and supporting educators in guiding and nurturing student passions.

About Microsoft OEM Devices

  • Windows 10 provides students and teachers with a platform for collaborating, exploring, and getting things done. Windows devices, apps, and software enable students and educators to work on the same documents at the same time within the same classroom, or from different parts of the world. Microsoft OEM Devices with Windows 10 are great for education because they have longer battery life, are thin and light devices, and continue to advance device design to benefit students. For example, the Dell Latitude 11 Education series (model 3150) was designed as a rugged device so if a student spills water on it the device will not be harmed. The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga was engineered so the keys go flat when transformed to tablet mode, keys pop up when in PC mode. It also enables Windows Hello, allowing students to simply use a fingerprint reader to login, rather than trying to remember a password. The 2-in-1 form factor, like the ASUS TP200, enables students and teachers to use devices as tablets or as PCs which allows them to interact more naturally with their PC.
  • The Acer TravelMate B117 is the first notebook that features Acer’s TeachSmart solution. An LED light on the PC lights up in different colors depending on how the device is being used. Students can toggle the LED light after they have finished an assignment, and teachers can monitor the progress of the whole class simply by looking at the students’ notebooks. The LED light can also replace traditional hand raising, signaling the need of attention to the teacher.
  • Several OEM education devices are available for less than $300 and include USB ports, HDMI ports and slots for memory cards. The devices are thin and light, so they won’t make backpacks too heavy to carry around. You can check out the EDU Device Finder to find the perfect EDU PC.

About Surface

  • Surface is the ultimate laptop. It brings together unmatched performance and versatility with unique capabilities that empower kids and teachers.
    • Microsoft is committed to empowering students through immersive and inclusive learning experiences – including the devices used in the classroom. With an emphasis on student collaboration and project-based learning, mobile devices are replacing textbooks and other ‘analog’ teaching and learning tools. Surface devices are replacing textbooks, notebooks, paper handouts and tabbed folders. For example, with Surface Pen, students can hand-label a diagram of the human body, sketch the effect of magnets on each other, or work through calculations to solve math problems.
    • We’re also thinking about how to enable teachers be more dynamic, efficient and engaged with their students. Surface Pen and OneNote can help teachers grade student work, making annotations with Surface Pen, and share it immediately through OneNote – saving paper resources in the process. Meanwhile, students are able to open a fresh OneNote page with one click of the Surface Pen, allowing them to capture notes and ideas instantaneously.
    • Surface’s detachable Type Cover allows for full laptop functionality, while easily converting into a tablet for handwriting activities.
    • The lightweight and ultra-portable design of Surface makes it easy for students and educators alike to work from anywhere – home, in the classroom or even on field trips.
    • Running full Windows 10, Surface offers great performance when multi-tasking with Web browsing and Microsoft Office programs. Students can do research on the Web while working on reports in Microsoft Word and creating presentations in PowerPoint.
  • Surface is making a real-world difference in classrooms today.
    • Cincinnati Country Day School, the first in the nation to enable student 1:1 computing in 1996, successfully deployed Surface Pro 3 devices to students in the 2014-2015 school year, and opted to offer them again the following school year. Teachers like the flexibility it gives them to use technology however they want. They also like the look, feel and flexibility of using multiple Microsoft programs on a simple, easy to use device to:
    • Read  and annotate naturally like they would with a textbook or piece of paper
    • Support student learning and creativity, with Windows with Office app, especially OneNote combined with digital inking
    • Suncoast Polytechnic High School is a great example of how Surface is being used in the classroom. Check out their case study to learn more about why Director of IT Joe Binswanger and Suncoast decided to provide freshman and sophomore students with Surface 3 devices. Additional examples of schools using Surface to help students succeed can be found here, on the Microsoft Devices Blog.

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