What can Windows 7 offer to schools?

Windows 7 is rapidly being implemented in schooling systems across the world, but what benefits does it have to offer?

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 doesn’t require a step-up in the hardware required to run it. I upgraded a 2 year old Samsung NC10 Netbook sharing the hard-drive (in a separate partition) with another operating system. The NC 10 runs on a 1.6GHz Intel® Atom™ processor, with 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard-drive.For system requirements, visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/system-requirements

KEY FEATURES

So lets take a look at those features of Windows 7 that are most relevant to schools and schooling.

Overview

Follow the link below to find out how Windows 7 technologies improve performance, reliability, security, and compatibility:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/_silverlight/learningsnacks/win7/snack01/Default.html

Windows 7 gives users more ways to interact with their PCsTurn fingers into mice – a range of devices – from slates to high end laptops, and touch enabled monitors – take advantage of Windows 7’s Touch capabilities. In short, its about turning a PC into a mini Surface device. HP and Dell have both released a range of touch enabled devices. With touch enabled hardware, and the right software users can use their fingers to resize windows and objects. The free Windows 7 Touch Pack comes with a set of applications that show off these capabilities.

Windows Touch

For a closer look at Touch, check out this video – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/videos/using-windows-touch Ray Fleming’s blog does a great job in explaining what Windows Touch means in Education – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2009/11/25/windows-7-multi-touch-at-bett.aspx Ease of access – speech recognition, screen magnification, on-screen keyboard, narrator and visual notifications are key components in Windows 7. For more details about ease of access features, click here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/accessibility

Picture of Windows Speech Recognition

Create tutorials really easily

19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs To Know
“Problem Steps Recorder” (psr.exe) combines screen captures with mouse tracking to record your actions. This applet tracks your mouse and keyboard input while taking screenshots that correspond with each new action. When you stop recording, your session is saved to an HTML slide show recreating your steps, to which you can add comments and annotations.

Windows 7 makes networks more efficientBranchCache caches data locally so users experience less of a delay when their PC requests data. See how BranchedCache works here:  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/videos/windows-7/default.aspx#BranchCache

With DirectAccess, schools can ensure that all Internet access goes through their own filtering and proxy system, whether the laptop is being used at school or at home.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/videos/windows-7/#DirectAccess

Deployment – Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM), offers image-management tools to help “deploy Windows images efficiently and quickly”. Check out the following “Learning Snack” to find out more about DISM.http://www.microsoft.com/learning/_silverlight/learningsnacks/win7/snack07/Default.html Cloud integrationA range of cloud enabled services come with Windows 7, two of which deserve a mention –Live Writer Live MovieMaker

More info:http://www.microsoft.com/learning/_silverlight/learningsnacks/win7/snack01/Default.htmlhttp://www.edugeek.net/forums/windows-7