Fourth-largest US school district boots up 1:1 initiative with Microsoft technology

On Thursday, Margo Day, vice president, U.S. Education, took part in a Microsoft YouthSpark Connection panel in Miami, Fla., with local education, business and city leaders, to discuss a tough problem — the unfortunate divide between students who have access to technology, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not.

Along with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Day announced a move to help bridge this divide for local students: M-DCPS is moving forward with its 1:1 device initiative, rolling out a total of 100,000 Windows 8 devices by August 2015. This spring, 13,000 elementary school students will get laptops and about 15,000 7th-grade civics students and 9th-grade world history students will get Windows 8 devices.

“This is a big step forward for the students of M-DCPS,” Day wrote in a blog post. “It is made even more significant by the fact that since M-DCPS’s more than 350,000 students will receive Office Pro Plus for free as part of Microsoft Student Advantage, once they are connected to enterprise-quality Windows 8 devices, students will literally have the tools in their hands to gain the skills proven to be most valuable for success in college and career.”

A recent IDC Study, “which scanned more than 14 million job postings, found that the most in-demand skills for the top jobs through 2020 are the modern skills such as communication, problem solving and teamwork, coupled with the technical skills of Microsoft Office,” Day wrote. “In fact, Microsoft Office is the No. 2 skill employers are looking for in the highest-paying jobs, and No. 3 skill in all jobs.” 

To find out more, read Day’s full blog post.

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff