Hybrid PCs with touch and stylus capabilities are changing the classroom and the way students are prepared for the world of business. Children love spending time on touch devices. Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, they are early adopters and are hard-pressed to set them aside while in the classroom. And that’s why schools should embrace tablets and interweave them into their curriculum. Does it matter which type of device? It does. While all devices can help with student engagement, hybrid PCs provide a powerful mix of tools for students to express themselves and create, and for teachers to engage them and to collaborate effectively with colleagues. Through an operating system designed for a hybrid PC such as Windows 8.1, teachers can leverage the traditional computer / keyboard interface, while learning and engaging students on more familiar touch devices. For students, it provides a different mode of creating – rather than being confined to computer with a keyboard and mouse, they can take advantage of touch technologies, including use of a stylus, to do their work. In turn, teachers can more quickly review student work using the stylus to mark up assignments and provide feedback. But the cloud also plays role in enhancing the learning and teaching environment because it means students and teachers are not tied to any single device. Their work can be accessed on any touch laptop, tablet and smartphone using the same applications, and through the cloud they can always access the latest copy of their work. Students can complete their assignments anywhere using a connected device with the same digital workspace they have in the classroom. Engaging students with software tools such as those from Microsoft also prepares them for the real world from an early age. In a rapidly changing business environment, one constant has been the prevalent use of Microsoft Office. Now touch-enabled and cloud-supported, Office tools such as Word and Excel are ubiquitous in the business world. Incorporating them into the classroom prepares students for enterprise-grade collaboration in the world of work. The ability to provide the power of a PC and the mobility of tablet means more engaged students and a better connection between students and teachers. The business world is evolving with technology, so it only makes sense to have our classrooms evolve as well. “Anytime, anywhere learning” becomes a reality with access to online and offline content through hybrid devices and secure cloud access. Find out how touch screen collaboration promotes real-world skills.
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