K-12 Schools Make Microsoft Windows the #1 Choice in Education – Stories

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REDMOND,Wash。

Feb。

3,1997NewmarketdataconfirmsthatrecordnumbersofK-12schoolsarechoosingtheMicrosoftWindowsoperatingsystemforthefoundationoftheirtechnology。

ArecentnationalsurveybyIDC/LINK,Framingham,Mass。

reportsthat56percentofnewcomputerpurchasesduringthe1996-97schoolyearwillbePCsrunningWindows。

ThesurveyfindingssupporttheshiftinschoolpreferencesfirstreportedlastschoolyearandacceleratedbythegrowingpopularityofWindows95amongeducators。

Duringarecentsix-monthpromotion,K-12educatorsorderedmorethan200,000unitsofWindows95。

Astestamenttoitsimportanceineducation,Windows95wasvotedatopteachertoolinthe1996-97SoftwareAwards。

AndtosupporteducatorsmovetoWindows,Microsoftdonatedmorethan$1millioninWindows95softwareandinstructionalmaterialstoteachertrainingprogramsnationwide。

AllindicatorspointtoWindowsastheplatformofchoiceinK-12schools,

saidKathrynYates,directorofMicrosoftK-12programs。

ThisstrongvoteofconfidencefromtheK-12communityletsusknowwereontherighttrack。

Werecommittedtocontinuingourworkwitheducatorstodeveloptheproducts,resourcesandprogramstheyneedtomakebestuseoftechnologyforlearning。

TosupportschoolsgrowingcommitmenttotheWindowsplatform,MicrosoftislaunchingarangeofnewresourcesforK-12educators,includingfreeeducationtechnologybriefings,afreemonthlynewsletterandafreeCDsamplerofoutstandingeducationaltitlesdesignedforWindows95。

SchoolsChooseWindows

WhilePCsalreadyaretheleadersinhighschools,IDC/LINKreportsthatforthefirsttimeeverelementaryschoolsplantopurchasemorePCsrunningtheWindowsoperatingsystemthananyotherbrand。

IDC/LINKattributestheshifttogreateravailabilityofsoftware,lowerpricesandtheinfluenceofparentswhoareusingtheWindowsoperatingsystematworkandathome。

Parentshavealotofinfluenceoverwhatgoesonintheschools,andmoreandmorewanttheirchildrentolearnwhattheyareusingintheworkplace,

saidIDC/LINKVicePresidentWilliamAblondi。

Theresnoquestionaboutit;schoolpurchasesareshiftingtoPCsrunningWindows。

IDC/LINKalsoreportsthatWindows-basedPCsarepreferredacrossallschools,regardlessofstudentenrollmentsize。

TheAtlantaPublicSchoolDistrict,serving60,000students,isstakingitsfutureontheWindowsplatformandisimplementingadistrictwideplantostandardizethetechnologybaseofits97schoolswithWindowsNT

ServersandWindows-basedPCs。

WithitsmovetoWindows,Atlantaismakingalong-terminvestmentinaseamless,fullyintegratedsystemthatwillbeeasy-to-useforstudentsandstaff,accordingtoArthurScott,directorofoperationaltechnology/telecommunications。

Schooldistrictsneedtohavelong-termtechnologygoalsandknowwhatthetechnologytheyareconsideringwillaccomplish,

saidScott。

WereconfidentourdecisiontoimplementWindowsNTServerandWindows95districtwideisalong-termsolution。

Weknowthatwecandevelopatailor-madesystemtomeetourneedsthatwillworknowandinthefuture。

Windowstechnologyismakingadifferenceinsmallerdistrictsaswell。

InsuburbanOklahomaCity,thesix-schoolWesternHeightsSchoolDistrictnowhasanetworkthatresemblesasmall-tomedium-sizedbusinesswith500PCsrunningWindows95,fiber-opticlinksbetweenschoolsandvideoteleconferencinginmostclassrooms。

All230teachersaretrainedonWindows95andMicrosoftOffice。

WelookedatalotofsystemsanddecidedthatWindows95offeredwhatweneededalong-termsoftwaresolutionthatcouldgrowwithus,

saidWesternHeightsSchoolDistrictSuperintendentJoeKitchens。

Someteachershadneverusedacomputerbeforeandwereafraid,

saidWesternHeightsSchoolBoardPresidentLyndaHoweth。

Nowtheyloveit。

Ourteachershaveanewsenseofprideintheschoolsystemandinthemselvesnowthattheycanintegrateleadingtechnologyintotheirclassroomsandshareideaswithotherteachersaroundtheworld。

Windows95DonationHelpsTrainTeachers

Morethan650teachertrainingcentershavereceivedfreecopiesofWindows95andtrainingmaterialstohelpeducatorsmoreeffectivelyintegratetechnologyintolearning。

AtonelocaltrainingcenterinAuburn,Calif。

morethan300facultyandstaffinthePlacerUnionHighSchoolDistrictarebeingtrainedonWindows95andWindows95-basedapplications。

WithWindows95,wehavebeenabletoacceleratetheuseoftechnologyamongbothourstaffandourstudents,

saidRickMurillo,thedistrictsdirectorofcomputerandnetworktechnology。


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