Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be used more in the classroom. Today, the company announced that the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include new features created specifically for the education market.
In a blog post, Microsoft's Windows and Devices head Terry Myerson wrote about some of those features. They include new apps that are created for teachers and students:
The Anniversary Update simplifies the deployment process so a teacher can set up devices in three easy steps, even with no dedicated IT support, with an all new "Set up School PCs" app for setting up a 'Shared Cart of Devices' in schools. For schools with dedicated IT support, the updated Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer tool enables them to set-up shared devices, in bulk, in a matter of minutes.
Teachers and schools need advanced, secure tools for modern test-taking and new tools can simplify standardized testing for a variety of test taking needs. An all-new "Take a Test" app offers simplified options for test-taking: For high-stakes tests, the app creates a browser-based, locked-down environment for more secure, online assessments, for tests that shouldn't have copy/paste privileges, access to files, or other distractions. For simple formative and quizzing needs, the app couples with a teacher's preferred assessment website to deliver digital assessments.
Microsoft also stated that the update will allow Windows 10 PCs to automatically update outside of class times so that there will be no issues with downloading files during the day.
Myerson also wrote about how the upcoming Windows Ink drawing API will be helpful in the classroom:
Integrated into apps like Office and Microsoft Edge, students can draw on the Web and annotate their documents, digitally, with Windows Ink. Many studies indicate students learn better by writing – for example, diagramming before solving a science problem can lead to 36% higher scores. With Windows Ink, students can do mathematical equations, compose music, and keep their notes organized – all in Windows.