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Technology planning resources

At Microsoft, we work with hundreds of thousands of schools and school systems to solve big problems. Here are resources to guide school leaders as they transform schools with a vision to empower students to achieve more.


At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. Core to our mission is creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning. For students, these experiences stimulate the development of essential life skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. We empower educators to create environments in and out of the classroom that guide and nurture student passions, and enable students to achieve beyond their greatest imaginations – making, designing, inventing, building the future.

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Create and share in entirely new ways

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Teach and learning through doing and exploring

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Accommodate individual learning needs

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Focus on outcomes, not technology

Top five reasons Microsoft technology is the smart choice for schools

1. Microsoft Office skills are critical for top jobs

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To help prepare students for the future, get Office 365 for Education for free for your entire school.

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2. Affordable Windows devices designed for learning

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Windows provides the right device for the right learning need. If you need a device to fit your budget, Windows provides a wide range of affordable devices. Windows devices work with a broad range of peripherals to support individual learning styles and existing computing environments. Find affordable Windows devices.

3. Digital pens benefit learning more than keyboards

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When it comes to learning, the right tools are critical. Research presented in the paper Computer Interfaces and their Impact on Learning shows that digital pens more accurately accommodate how we think than keyboards. That means you can enhance learning and problem-solving by providing digital pens in your classrooms. These are just some of the tools Microsoft offers to encourage deeper learning. Learn more about the learning benefits of digital ink

4. Technology skills, curriculum, and certification

Both students and educators need technology skills to succeed in the digital world. Academic institutions and their educators, students and staff, benefit from digital curriculum and certifications for fundamental technology skills — as well as courses critical for success in today’s technologically evolving world. Find out more about Imagine Academy.

5. Secure, simplified device management across all platforms

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Whether it is one classroom or 100 classrooms, or a school with thousands of devices, Microsoft empowers schools to deploy and manage devices across all platforms. Deployment can be simplified and deployment costs reduced with strong app and device compatibility. Learn more about simplified device deployment in education.