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Improve learning outcomes and graduation rates
Microsoft helps solve critical education challenges with enterprise-level IT solutions that help schools leverage student information, including:
  • Education analytics
  • Student recruitment
  • Student retention
  • Personalized learning
  • Student information systems
Education analytics
Microsoft’s approach to data and analytics helps educational institutions improve teaching and learning by anticipating outcomes and empowering education stakeholders to drive for the results they want. With actionable data, school leaders can:
  • Boost student achievement and improve graduation rates and school ranking.
  • Improve teacher effectiveness and school rankings.
  • Enhance school business management.
Microsoft's cloud and data platform provides schools with tools to collect and manage data, visualize and analyze data, and make decisions that help improve student outcomes.

The power of education data. School leaders face a myriad of challenges spanning teaching, learning, recruiting, retention, graduation, and school business management (facilities, transportation, etc.). Adding to those challenges, the volume, velocity and variety of available data is growing exponentially. Yet only about 10 percent of educational institutions use data analytics to make informed decisions.

Unlocking data insights. All education stakeholders can have access to data, along with the ability to analyze it, derive insights, and take action. But accessing and analyzing data can be a complex and daunting challenge. Each education stakeholder needs varying degrees and types of insights and analytics, and has different ways to use that data. Teachers use data for improving student learning and teaching tactics; superintendents use it to make program decisions, and education policy makers use data to make budgetary and other policy-level decisions.

Gain actionable insights from your student data. How can teachers, superintendents, provosts and others easily access the data they need and get it into the right format so that they can analyze and act on it? The data life cycle can be broken into three important parts:

  • Collect and then manage all of the data coming in.
  • To make data useful to everyone in the organization, you need to be able to easily and efficiently transform and analyze all data types.
  • Then, visualize data and make decisions. Ask a question and — because you have done the hard work of collecting, managing, transforming, and analyzing that data —get a visual, thought-provoking answer to your question.
Student recruitment and retention

Integrated solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics can help you gain deeper insights into recruiting and staffing, corporate and alumni relations, admissions and enrollment, student performance, and more.

Track student outcomes and improve graduation rates. Use Microsoft Dynamics to make your school’s relationship-building with students more effective. Microsoft Dynamics provides easy-to-understand access to data so school staff can efficiently:

  • Track interactions with students from first contact to graduation and beyond.
  • Funnel reporting and analytics (including grades) to improve graduation rates by making it easier for educators to identify and provide support to at-risk students.
  • Manage online admissions applications.
  • Utilize e-mail communications and tracking.
  • Access web-based forms for inquiry and school registration to make management of student data easier and more accurate.

Easy access to student data through Office. Microsoft Dynamics CRM can be integrated with Office 365 (get Office 365 Education free) so your staff can easily access student data using already-familiar Office tools.

Personalized learning

With real-time access to data, teachers can evaluate student performance and tailor their approach according to specific student needs. And using predictive analytics, educators can identify at-risk students, uncover learning disabilities and take actions that promote student achievement.

Enable student achievement. Teachers can easily track student progress through visual data prediction models that help identify students who are struggling with class lessons.

Identify at-risk students. Collect and track student attendance and grades, and show students who may be at a higher risk of dropping out of school.

Uncover student learning disabilities. Assess likelihood of undiagnosed learning disabilities in students based on data. Teachers can then take action to help students who are struggling.

Enable learning outside the classroom. Give your faculty, staff and students access to learning materials at any time, from anywhere. With Office 365 Education and OneDrive, they can get everything they need—whether they’re in the classroom, in the library, on a field trip, or at home.

Let students work their way. Give your students choices about how they work — in digital ink, by touch, with a mouse, or by typing — with versatile Windows devices. They’ll be more excited to participate when you accommodate their learning styles.

Make classes social and collaborative. Integrate blogs, discussion boards, and real-time communications into your classrooms to engage your students — and streamline collaboration between teachers, staff, students, and parents — using technologies like Office 365 Education, Skype, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Yammer.

Student information systems

Microsoft School Information Sync helps to automate the complex and manual processes of sharing school Student Information System (SIS) data with education apps and class websites.

Help teachers stay organized and save time. Microsoft School Information Sync will be available soon to Office 365 Education users at no additional charge. This tool will simplify connections between systems, and simplify communication and collaboration between teachers and students, giving teachers more time to focus on what they love — engaging with students — with the Microsoft Office tools they use every day.

Microsoft Classroom is a new service that works with Office 365 Education. It’s an easy-to-use website that brings together familiar Office applications so you can easily teach, manage classes, and collaborate with your students.

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