Surface takes a front-row seat in many classrooms around the world

This week, members of the Surface team are working in London with global leaders in education at the annual BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) Show, where educational technology is the key topic, and Surface continues to play a greater role, writes Cyril Belikoff, Surface director.

“We believe the reason Surface has been chosen by so many schools is that it enables educators and students to teach and learn in new ways. Allowing them to be more productive, more mobile and deliver real outcomes,” he writes on the Surface Blog. “Schools such as the Supreme Education Council of Qatar, Tuckahoe School District in New York, St. Thomas School and the Puyallup School District in Washington, Fursund Skole in Denmark, and St Mary’s College in Northern Ireland are just a few examples.”

Two educational institutions that recently chose Surface for their students, educators and school leaders are St Patrick’s College in London and Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts.

At St Patrick’s College, vocational coursework is provided to “a diverse population of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and their mission is to prepare their students for career success. As part of this mission, they decided to provide second-year students with Microsoft Surface, which comes pre-loaded with Office.”

A recent study, Belikoff writes, found “Microsoft Office applications rank No. 3 in a list of the top 20 in-demand skills for high-growth and high-pay careers,” and St Patrick’s College officials believed it was important to “provide a real-world technology experience for their students, allowing them to make the transition from the classroom to the workplace with confidence.”

With the success of the Surface rollout, he writes, “the London School of Business & Finance Alliance Cooperation, of which St Patrick’s College is a member, has purchased 10,000 Surface RT tablets to be deployed to students at other member universities.”

Malcom Thompson, St Patrick’s College technology professor, says in the video above that “Surface is meeting the students’ needs. It’s small, thin and light and yet powerful.”

Adds Vincente Fraser, the college’s chief information officer: “To a student that’s very useful, because it’s just as good as if they were on a desktop.”

To read the full post, head over to the Surface Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff