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January 2017
Top Technology Trends for Teachers in 2017

New year, new you, is the message you’ll see on advertising hoardings throughout January as fitness clubs and low-fat yoghurts try to align with the new year’s resolutions that will likely be broken by January 17th.
Before your self-discipline deteriorates and you reach for the cheesecake, why not learn a little about the classroom technology that will be making waves in classrooms across the country in 2017?

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Cloud-solutions increasing productivity

Desktops, tablets and mobile devices have enabled teachers to take learning experiences beyond the classroom and into the world while bringing technology platforms with them. No longer are teachers tethered to servers and locally stored files thanks to the rise in cloud-based productivity suites such as Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google’s G Suite.

2016 saw Microsoft further extend their already strong Office 365 line-up with the addition of Microsoft Classroom, a homepage for managing all of your classes. Think of MS Classroom as being the all-in-one tool for managing your classroom workflows within tools you are familiar with already (OneNote, Word, Excel, etc.)

Microsoft Classroom reduces time spent managing assignments and allows teachers to engage students in new ways through tools like Sway, or the familiar Office suite with enhanced functionality through collaboration and co-authorship offered in the Office 365 environment.

If your school hasn’t switched to cloud-based solutions, such as Office 365 or G Suite, speak to XMA today and transform the way you work in 2017.

3D Printing

As the cost of production for the printing units has decreased in recent years, the need to get people upskilled has risen, as demonstrated by GE’s recent commitment to investing in developing 3D printing skills around the world.

In a bid to get more students exposed to 3D printing technology, Makerbot announced a new range of products and software specifically for schools; the Replicator Mini + for schools and Thingiverse Education, offering hundreds of free lessons and a whole community of educators ready to share best practice and advice. And that’s not to mention MakerBot’s Education Bundle, its most accessible, reliable 3D print solution!

Chromebook rises

In May 2016 it was reported that Google Chromebooks are outselling Apple Macs in the U.S., showing the search giant is making a serious dent in the PC market. To anyone who has used a Chromebook, this would come as no surprise, as these low-cost PCs running Google’s Chrome OS are optimised for the web where most computer users, especially teachers and students, already spend most of their time.

With a device such as the Viglen Chromebook 360, teachers can access a range of collaboration tools in a few clicks with devices robust enough to withstand everyday use within a classroom environment. The affordability of Chromebooks means that schools can afford to provide every student with a device, eliminating the issues associated with students sharing devices one between two.

Google Chromebooks are fast booting – as quick as 8 seconds in some instances – and they are work right out of the box with Google’s G Suite and Google for Education, making them the ideal hardware of choice for schools switching to Google.

To see how you can upgrade your classroom in 2017, download our free eBook, brought to you by Viglen.

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