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The Upgrade to Windows 10: Is it Worth It?

by D. Frank Smith

EdTech Magazine

Article excerpt

4 Reasons Windows 10 Makes Sense for Education

Users upgrading to Windows 10 will immediately notice the dramatic overhaul Microsoft’s designers have given the operating system’s user interface, including the return of the Start menu, which was removed from Windows 8. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find features that could help educators organize, present and conduct research more efficiently.

Our take

Windows 10 Builds in New Engagement Options

The introduction of Windows 10 offers some new features that teachers, and students, may find useful for research and other shortcuts and workarounds that can streamline online tasks. For instance, Cortana—an online digital assistant built into the upgrade—can do everything from provide appointment reminders to aid students with research tasks. As the author points out, this could be a great aid for those students who need extra assistance staying on top of projects and related deliverables. Another handy feature: the ability to mark up, and even draw on, web pages through Microsoft’s new browser, Edge, with the use of Web Note—creating a virtual whiteboard experience. Should you incorporate Windows 10 into your classrooms?

It depends. The new features are nice, but these types of adoption decisions are generally driven by administrative and IT leaders. Still, it doesn’t hurt to experiment and play with these options to learn more about their potential functionality—if this, or other options, look promising, there are opportunities to begin, or join, conversations about the benefits various technology tools may provide.