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Windows 10 in Education eBook

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eBook featuring the latest feature within Windows 10 that can help transform the classroom

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Windows 10 in Education eBook

  1. 1. Windows 10 in education 1education education Designed for 21st Century Learners Windows 10 in Education
  2. 2. Windows 10 in education 2education 3 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 20 20 21 21 21 Introduction Chapter 1: Introducing Windows 10 for Education Always up to date Supporting 21st Century Learners Teachers teach. Technology provides the means Better learning outcomes Affordable devices A single operating system, across multiple devices Easier multi-tasking Safe and secure Working together, ‘Hello’ and ‘Passport’ Making existing devices better The personal experience New but familiar Thinking ahead. HoloLens and Surface Hub Final word. Windows 10 for 21st Century Learners Contents Chapter 2: Windows Re-imagined A two-pronged approach Strategic points for SLT A more familiar Windows The technical bit Provisioning Key software Tip MDM Get started BitLocker drive encryption Windows Hello Windows Defender Microsoft Edge – the new faster browser Compatibility Windows as a service An app store ready for school Flight Plan
  3. 3. Windows 10 in education 3education Education is fast changing as teachers and leaders strive to ensure that their students are prepared for an equally fast-changing world. Microsoft, with Windows 10, supports educators as they work to ensure that today’s school leavers are knowledgeable young adults, aware of the wider world, flexible, open to ideas – adept collaborators who are good at communication. And yet, behind that Microsoft global-scale breadth of vision, if there’s a single word that captures the Windows 10 approach it will be ‘Personal.’ Indeed Microsoft VP Terry Myerson says that a device with Windows 10 is ‘A more personal computer,’ by which he means more approachable and more natural to users. At one level, that simply means that although Windows 10 is new, and unprecedentedly broad in scope, it is at the same time instantly recognisable to the many millions of Microsoft users around the world. But there’s more to it than that. The personal, approachable and natural quality that Terry Myerson refers to is seen within Windows 10 in many ways. It shows itself for example throughout any of the vast range of devices that run Windows 10. Users quickly see that ‘One Experience; One Platform’ is far more than a slogan. Every Windows 10 device – desktop, tablet, laptop, phone offers a remarkably effortless continuity and quality of experience. All are easy and quick to start and navigate and, importantly, all offer a wide and inclusive choice of input methods from keyboard to touch, to voice, to pen. The developers of Windows 10, and the legion of early adopters, have already opened up many of its vast possibilities for teachers and learners. That’s just the start, though. As Windows 10 becomes embedded in schools and educational institutions, teachers and students – and yes, particularly students, will exploit its features and qualities in ways that no-one has so far dreamed of. That’s why Windows 10 for Education has all of the functionality of the top-level Windows Enterprise. One more feature lies in the background of all that we say in this eBook. It is the concept of ‘Windows as a Service.’ This means that your Windows 10, once installed, will be supported and updated from the Cloud so that the version on your devices is always the latest one. And that, too, makes it personal, approachable and natural. The eBook’s major contributors – Ollie Bray, and Kevin Sait are working practitioners in school. Ollie is Head Teacher of Kingussie High School in Scotland. Kevin is Head of IT Strategy at Wymondham High Academy, a Microsoft Showcase School in Norfolk. Ollie’s focus is on the impact of Windows 10 in classrooms. Kevin writes from a technical perspective. Increasingly, though, as is clear from Kevin and Ollie’s contributions, teachers and technicians no longer inhabit separate worlds. ‘One Experience; One Platform’ is far more than a slogan. INTRODUCTION
  4. 4. Windows 10 in education 4education Introducing Windows 10 for Education
  5. 5. Windows 10 in education 5education Introducing Introducing Windows 10 for Education Windows 10 for Education supports great teachers and school leaders, enabling students to be more productive, and to enjoy their learning as a personal and natural experience that works across all their devices. In school, students and teachers who have progressed through successive versions of Windows will find that they will quickly be using Windows 10 with the same confidence that they brought to the earlier versions, and in a short space of time they will be exploring, and pushing into territories that were previously out of reach. Always up to date Windows 10 is kept up to date via the Cloud, and becomes ‘Windows as a Service.’ You may think that’s only interesting for the technical team, but what it means in the classroom is that teachers and students will always be using the latest version, reaping continuous improvements in line with their ever-expanding requirements and creative ideas. Supporting 21st Century Learners Anthony Salcito, Microsoft Global Vice president for Education says, “For the jobs of tomorrow, employers are looking for what we call the three Cs – Communication, Collaboration and Creation – with research showing that the most required skills across all occupations will include oral and written communication, attention to detail, customer service focus, organisational skills and problem solving.” In response to this changing world, education itself is changing, and as a result, we’re seeing a wide range of classroom techniques, some new, some reinvented for a digital age. Terms such as Flipped Learning, Project-based Learning, Collaboration, Communication and Differentiation, are categorised, together with a range of real-world skills under the general heading of ‘21st Century Learning.’ A WIDE RANGE OF CLASSROOM TECHNIQUES, SOME NEW, SOME REINVENTED FOR A DIGITAL AGE “The three Cs – Communication, Collaboration and Creation.” INTRODUCINGWINDOWS10
  6. 6. Windows 10 in education 6education Teachers teach. Technology provides the means Choosing and using any style of pedagogy is a matter for teachers. Microsoft’s role is to provide the wherewithal to help teachers achieve what they are trying to do – not only by supporting their existing tasks, but by providing creative space for possibilities that neither the developers nor the users spotted at the start. Here is where Windows 10 shows its strength, by enabling Microsoft technologies to work both individually and together, presenting teachers and students with a total working environment within which teachers and students can develop creative approaches to learning. The overarching aim is to provide wide choice and independence for teacher and learner while ensuring that the teacher is always in control, a mission summed up by a series of core Windows 10 commitments and attributes. Windows 10 commitments and attributes: • Better learning outcomes • Affordable devices and solutions • A single operating system across multiple devices. • Easier multi-tasking with multiple desktops • A safe and secure digital environment. • New but familiar user interface • Making existing devices better • Enhanced management and simplified deployment The overall aim of Windows 10 is to help teachers and students achieve better learning outcomes, using any of a range of affordable devices and technologies. That’s challenging enough, but then you add the requirement for the deployment and management of the platform to be as straightforward as possible. And finally, just as important as anything else, the system has to provide the levels of safety and security which are particularly important in the school environment. None of these elements are negotiable. All have to be there, reassuring to the teacher and easy to use and understand. Windows meets that demanding brief, enabling powerful learning experiences with a wide range of tools for education. In the next section we look in a little more detail at those key elements which up the overall mission. NEW BUT FAMILIAR USER INTERFACE INTRODUCINGWINDOWS10
  7. 7. Windows 10 in education 7education Better learning outcomes Windows 10 supports better learning outcomes with: Microsoft Edge Web browsing is a key activity for teachers and students across all of their work, but particularly for independent and project-based learning. Edge, Microsoft’s all-new browser, adds interactive features that make browsing easier, quicker and more accurately directed. For example with a touch or pen- enabled device a teacher or student can add comments and notes to a web page. If necessary they can then send the annotated page, for example, to another student in a collaborative group. Another Edge feature, ‘Reading view,’ removes all distractions from the page, opening a clean view of just the main content, with easier to read text that can be changed in both size and theme. For teachers this is perfect when there’s a need to focus the class on a specific piece of text or a defined task. Edge also works beautifully with Cortana, each adding value to the other and to the overall learning experience. Cortana Cortana is a voice or keyboard enabled ‘digital assistant’ that makes it much easier to search devices and the whole of Windows. In effect it is your ‘go to’ search box for just about everything. Setting up reminders for homework, or meetings is easy with Cortana and these can be tied to location – so ‘Remind me to give Mum that letter when I get home,’ will become, when you arrive, ‘Give mum that letter.’ But there is a lot more to Cortana than initially meets the eye. For example, it can be activated by a voice phrase, ‘Hey Cortana,’ and is capable of unexpected witty banter that can keep users engaged. It is also intelligent enough to gain some information without opening a further search window, such as sports scores and basic calculations. It also provides further connected functionality to Microsoft cloud services like OneDrive for Business and Office 365. Teachers who ask students, ‘Think how you might use Cortana in this work,’ are likely to be rewarded with some bright ideas. The Dynamic Duo Cortana integrated with Edge, sets up a ‘Dynamic Duo’ working together for faster, more intuitive web searches. So, for example, if Cortana is enabled on the system there is integration between Microsoft Edge and Cortana in 3 key ways. Firstly type a question in the Microsoft Edge address bar such as “what is the weather outside” and the answer will present itself. If you right click on text selection on a webpage you can then select. Ask Cortana for help about the selected text. Finally certain pages will prompt Cortana to offer assistance, for example if you select a venue for a school visit, Cortana can offer to help in getting there and further information about it.ADD COMMENTS AND NOTES TO A WEB PAGE. INTRODUCINGWINDOWS10
  8. 8. Windows 10 in education 8education Better learning outcomes Continuum Continuum is a way by which Windows 10 adapts itself not just to the device that is being used but how it is used. For instance if a tablet is being used with a keyboard, the screen real estate would resemble that of a desktop or laptop; however when the keyboard is detached, the Apps Windows are scaled to the full size of the screen for ease of use. This is a key feature to ensure that Windows 10 offers a smooth experience across all devices. Education Apps For Windows 10, apps become ‘universal apps’, which work across a variety of devices, such as phone, tablet, PC, laptop, etc. The Windows Store lists thousands of apps and Windows 10 Education gives teachers the ability to support student access to the Store, allowing them to download free apps from specific defined categories. The school defines the category, the student chooses the apps. In essence, the school has its own managed apps store through Windows Store for Business. This means students stay focused and on task and are not tempted to deviate with a bewildering array of apps. This also makes managing and deploying apps easier for the teacher and the class. This is also a safety feature, because the teacher can control which apps go to which devices. New apps are appearing all the time, for example an important addition in August 2015 is a ‘Sway’ universal app which puts this enormously useful digital storytelling, report- creating and presentation app universally available across Windows 10 devices. Inking In Windows 10, wherever you can type, you can use a pen – and the tactile experience is comfortable, natural and closer than ever before to the feel of writing with a good pen on quality paper. Already we’ve seen how the use of ‘Edge’ is enhanced by the ability to annotate web pages. That same annotation facility is increasingly used by teachers in OneNote, to give live, ‘mark as you go’ feedback to students. Research also shows that pen input has numerous advantages over typing in specific circumstances – note-taking, for example, is more focussed and reflective, and there are obvious advantages when it comes to writing mathematical problems and scientific formulae. Inking also enhances the value of many Store apps, such as ‘Fresh Paint.’ Collaboration Microsoft collaboration tools such as OneNote and OneDrive and Office 365 allow and encourage students and teachers to work together anytime, anywhere, in any chosen combination. OneNote class notebook is becoming a particular favourite with teachers for its efficiency and time-saving qualities. Also working with Office 365, ‘Microsoft Class Dashboard’ keeps work, assignments, notes and calendars in one place. The teacher has easy access to class notebooks and work in progress from any enabled device anytime, anywhere. Affordable devices Windows 10 is now providing a unified, identical experience across a range of devices tailored for all individual and institutional needs and preferences. Schools wishing to operate a ‘one-to-one’ device policy can do so with a great array of low cost, but yet powerful Windows 10 2-in-1 devices. At the same time they may wish to equip staff with larger Microsoft Surface devices – which also offer a wide choice. Windows 10 and the increasing array of Windows 10 devices mean that a school, college or any educational institution can now consider moving to a cost- effective, multi-device environment, offering an accessible, anytime anywhere unified experience powered and kept continuously up to date by Windows 10. INTRODUCINGWINDOWS10
  9. 9. Windows 10 in education 9education A single operating system, across multiple devices Windows 10, is now only one single OS, that is optimised to run and operate across multiple devices. This means that there is one app store, where apps can run and be scaled across devices, and with features like continuum, the full power of the desktop can be optimised on any device. Synchronisation with your Microsoft ID or Office 365 for Education ID means that Windows 10 always knows who you are as a user, where you are and what you need – whether you are on your PC, tablet, smartphone or Xbox. Also, because Windows 10 knows what type of device it is running on, it optimises for that device to create a familiar experience. Whether desktop PC, tablet, convertible, laptop, phone, Microsoft’s universal apps will be accessible and will fit the screen. As we have seen, ‘Continuum,’ as well as accommodating to tablets and desktops, will also turn your Windows phone into a full feature PC when it’s connected to a screen, keyboard and mouse. The advantage of what Microsoft call ‘mobility of experience’ is that it puts control and choice in the hands of the user. A school can run any appropriate device policy – desktops in a computer lab, low cost eight or ten inch tablets with younger children, mid-range convertibles with older ones, high-end tablets such as ‘Surface 3’ for staff, with students adding personal phones and other devices to the mix, is just one of many possible scenarios. And, of course, teachers and students will also make choices – work on a laptop at school, continue with a phone on the train, then on a tablet at home. The point is that the user will have the same Windows 10 experience – together with access to all of their work and files – in all cases. Easier multi-tasking In the ideal world teachers and students, like all of us, would tackle our work methodically, one task at a time, finishing one before starting the next. That’s rarely possible in today’s classrooms, and technology offers by far the best hope of staying organised and moving forward on all fronts. Windows 10 helps by offering features such as – Task View This appears to the right of Cortana with a stacked rectangle icon. Click it (or activate it with Win + Tab) and every open window you’re currently using will be spread out on the screen for quick and easy access. If you use multiple monitors (becoming increasingly popular in schools, particularly in graphics labs) the view will be broken down across each monitor showing only the windows that are active on that screen. Virtual Desktop The killer new feature of Task View is the ability to create virtual desktops. For example, you can have a desktop for each subject, or place all your Office documents on one desktop for work, and all your social channels on the other. Virtual desktops appear as a row in the bottom of the Task View, allowing you to easily switch between them until you close all but one. This feature will help teachers work with students to compartmentalise applications to keep them on task and applications that may inhibit learning. Improved Snap Views Depending on the size of the screen, with Windows 10 you can see up to four apps at once. For education this unlocks further potential for multi-tasking. A teacher or manager can schedule calendar meetings and generate emails for them at the same time. A student can easily compare and contrast different resources, or versions of the same document, by seeing them side by side. Students can also record a lecturer in class with Sound Recorder while they take notes in the desktop. The possibilities are endless particularly with the growing number of Apps being added to the Windows Store on a daily basis. INTRODUCINGWINDOWS10
  10. 10. Windows 10 in education 10education Safe and secure Teachers and parents have the right to assume that the devices which their children are using for their school work, whether in class or at home, are safe. They can be reassured that Windows 10 has strong malware resistance with Device Guard, which will not allow unauthorised applications, software or systems to load. It also has Windows Defender antivirus protection. Data is protected with BitLocker and unwanted apps are blocked with AppLocker. Additionally, log-in to Office 365, Windows Store, and devices are achieved with one identity through Azure Active Directory. Log-in also gets additional security with Windows Hello (face recognition, or thumbprint or iris) and Microsoft Passport. Working together, ‘Hello’ and ‘Passport’ Offer two-factor authentication and replace passwords, which can be a nightmare in schools. (So-called ‘hacking’ into school systems by students is usually down to careless handling of passwords by staff) Making existing devices better Whatever Windows device you already have, Windows 10 will make it better. The start button which was absent in Windows 8 is back while at the same time the Live Tiles popular in Windows 8 have been retained. Live Tiles, populated with live data, offer ‘glance and go functionality.’ The Start menu shows most frequently used and most recent apps. Power Settings within the Start menu allow for full customisation such as giving easy access to your most commonly used docs and files. Choice and Inclusion As a result the user now has a choice when it comes to starting up Windows 10 on their device, and the ‘choice’ theme is even stronger when it comes to the various methods of engaging with devices. Windows 10 offers pen input, voice, eye-tracking, text-to-speech, speech-to-text. The advantages for students with learning preferences, or with learning disabilities are obvious. The full range of accessibility options is available via the ‘Ease of Access’ tab in the Settings menu. MOST SECURE WINDOWS EVER WINDOWS HELLO INTRODUCINGWINDOWS10
  11. 11. Windows 10 in education 11education The personal experience Whichever Windows 10 device you log into, you can start where you left off and you don’t have to waste time becoming familiar with other peoples settings. For example, as a learner you might be watching a video in class on your Windows 10 media player. Perhaps you don’t have time to finish watching the video but you can carry on from exactly the same point when you get home, or perhaps you can’t wait that long so you finish watching it on your Windows phone on the way home. Similarly, perhaps you find a few really good websites at home that will help you with a project at school instead of scribbling down the URL you ‘pin them’ (favourites) to Windows 10. At school when you log on – they are just there in your ‘pinned sites.’ New but familiar Although Windows 10 is visibly new, with exciting and innovatory features, it is also, quite deliberately, designed to invite the new user in by its use of familiar features, some of them favourites of earlier Windows versions. So, for example, the start menu feature that was removed in Windows 8 is back in Windows 10. Clicking the start button brings up a menu particularly useful for desktop users. At the same time, the Live Tiles interface from Windows 8 is retained and improved. Live Tiles are often populated with live data and offer ‘glance and go functionality.’ The Start menu shows most frequently used and most recent apps. Power Settings within the Start menu allow for full customisation such as giving easy access to your most commonly used docs and files. You can also access the start menu by pressing the Windows button on your keyboard and these options for starting the device will provide extra reassurance for those more reluctant to embrace technology in the classroom. INTRODUCINGWINDOWS10
  12. 12. Windows 10 in education 12education Thinking ahead. HoloLens and Surface Hub Windows 10 is the first platform to support holographic computing, bringing endless new creative possibilities for students and teachers in the areas of presentation and collaboration. Surface Hub, a large interactive screen which is part of the Surface family, for collaboration and video conferencing. Both of these devices will flourish in the hands of teachers and students who will rapidly discover and share their possibilities. Final word. Windows 10 for 21st Century Learners Windows 10 has a modern look and feel and its unified interface has become standard across a full range of Microsoft tools and services. Although Windows 10 works exceptionally well on a full range of devices some of the specific features, when it is optimised for tablet, are particularly appealing for young people, such as the ergonomic keyboard, which allows them to use their thumbs to text on the move and quickly edit documents. What’s more, because Microsoft Windows is the operating system of choice for business across the world, Windows 10 gives young people a culturally relevant, rich experience that links both their social and academic experience of technology. And so, from a very early age, it starts to give young people an understanding of the practical application of an enterprise standard globally recognised popular technology brand. This brings advantages to business as well as education, helping prepare young people for the world beyond school. INTRODUCINGWINDOWS10 Ollie Bray Head Teacher Kingussie High School, Scotland W: www.olliebray.com www.kingussiehigh.org.uk T: @olliebray
  13. 13. Windows 10 in education 13education Windows 10 Re-imagined
  14. 14. Windows 10 in education 14education Windows 10 with Office 365 will deliver students the most powerful set of learning tools for the future, across a diverse range of hardware. And it is the students, of course, and their future, that really matter. The key focus for technicians as well as school leaders and teachers must be the student experience – on the skills that employers are looking for which schools should provide. A two-pronged approach The traditional role of the network manager in a school has evolved, and with an innovation that’s as potentially transformative as Windows 10, the role of the IT professional becomes both strategic and technical. Strategic in the sense that there’s an important job to be done by way of working with school leadership and governors, pro-actively where necessary – keeping them informed and up to date, answering their questions, allaying fears, making honest cases for and against where appropriate. Technical, in the sense that it will be the IT team who will do the heavy lifting when it comes to adoption and implementation. My intention, then, is firstly to help professionals with some of the points they might wish to make to school leadership, going on then to tackle the technicalities. At the end of it you will have a “Flight Plan,” which you can follow to bring teachers and students the latest technology to desktop and devices. WINDOWS 10 WITH OFFICE 365, DELIVERING STUDENTS THE MOST POWERFUL SET OF LEARNING TOOLS WINDOWSRE-IMAGINED
  15. 15. Windows 10 in education 15education Strategic points for SLT Potential for supporting improved teaching and learning. Suddenly we have a raft of affordable and fully capable tablet devices to put in the hands of students. With one Windows 10 covering all the users’ devices, it then becomes possible to envisage the school’s IT provision as a resilient core backbone, with high capacity Wi-Fi capability. From this backbone, it then becomes possible to sling many mobile devices with Windows 10 providing a range of options for managing these devices anytime, anywhere. The days of teachers having to wait for a slot in the IT suite before students can use ICT in their work are now numbered. This is not the death of the IT suite, which for the foreseeable future will be needed to run power programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Visual Studio and the like. For the bulk of classroom work, though, students will increasingly want and need frequent unrestricted in-class or at-home access to collaborative, creative and informative technology. With Windows 10, Cloud products such as Office 365, and access with a choice of devices, we are in a position to provide that flexibility of work. Old Buckenham High School in Norfolk is a great example of this transitional journey. A year ago Old Buckenham High School was a traditional Norfolk school with two IT Suites running Windows 7 and Office 2010. One was a fairly new set of PC’s the other dated by about 5 years. The first step was to launch Office 365 to the school, to give students all of the Office 365 services. More importantly it gave them an organisational identity which the school could then utilise to plan its strategy going forward. It also gave the students free access to the benefits of Office in Education, allowing them to download the latest version of Office at home. In the meantime the school upgraded to Office 2013 using its OVS license agreement. Windows 10 now goes further and supports logging in with an Organisational ID to do the same thing. So we can now manage truly mobile devices through Office 365’s MDM capabilities using Azure Active Directory. If you’re not sure what Azure AD is, in its simplest term it is a synchronised copy of your on premise AD. The potential is mobile device can now authenticate against the Azure AD from anywhere – which is great for mobile workers. “Windows 10 lets you sign in with a Microsoft Live ID – and synchronise settings across PC’ and devices.“ WINDOWSRE-IMAGINED
  16. 16. Windows 10 in education 16education A more familiar Windows Windows 10 has been well documented and you have probably had hands on experience with Windows 10 through the Windows Insider program. If you haven’t you will be pleased to know a lot of thought has gone into Windows 10, taking feedback from ‘Insiders.’ From a school perspective if you are on Windows 7 at the moment then users will find Windows 10 familiar to use, with the return of the Start Menu and a programs list which is accessed from a Start button. Windows 10 also pulls the best of Windows 8.1 in the fact that Live Tiles are still available. Teachers can create their own dashboard of apps which they can view at a glance. So if you need to sell the Windows 10 plan to senior leaders – talk about the familiarity with older versions of Windows. Users can get on and use it from day one, with minimal training required. And now available on the Taskbar is of course Cortana – your digital personal assistant. Working across your devices, Cortana will be able to search for content, both local and on the web, as well as act as your digital assistant to remind you to do things. However to cater for tablet users, Windows 10 feature ‘Continuum’ will change the device into Tablet mode. This is especially useful with devices like the Surface 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, with detachable keyboards. With the keyboard on, you get the ‘traditional’ Windows desktop experience, and when you detach it Continuum will maximise the applications to fit the screen, resize the tiles and remove the small program list, optimising the experience for tablet usage. Someone is very likely to ask for examples of the best apps for Windows 10. This is difficult, because it’s a ‘horses for courses’ question. However, for me it has to be the Microsoft Office apps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Apps like these in the Universal Windows store can run on any Windows 10 device and can scale across screens; like that of the Linx 8 device; without eating memory resources and disk space. RUN APPS ON ANY WINDOWS 10 DEVICE FAMILIAR UP TO DATE MORE PRODUCTIVE INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCES AND DEVICES MORE PERSONAL WINDOWSRE-IMAGINED
  17. 17. Windows 10 in education 17education The technical bit Deployment Deployment is probably the most important task for the IT professional. There are of course various methods of deployment, with System Centre Configuration Manager being the preferred method for many, but we are taking the lowest common denominator and using the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Key Tools • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 Windows 10 • Assessment and Deployment Kit • Windows 10 Media • Windows Deployment Service role on your Windows 2012 server Using MDT and WDS means you can PXE boot machines from the network, and then deploy a captured image onto many machines, and devices. To support the deployment of Windows 10 you will need to make sure you have updated to MDT 2013 Update 1, which is available below. For the Windows 10 ADK (you must have this installed to deploy Windows 10 from MDT 2013. Windows Deployment Services is an installable role from Windows Server 2012 and can be launched from the Server Manager. The concept is to use MDT to create a task sequence and a set of deployment rules to deploy the software. You may wish to create a ‘Gold Image’ so you can completely refresh your PC’s, alternatively an in place upgrade can be created through MDT to simply deploy Windows 10 over the top of an existing installation. Again this should cause the minimum fuss for the IT. Users of larger networks will utilise the power of System Centre Configuration Manager, this is available through your Microsoft licensing (at extra cost) and really takes the control of devices at a very granular level in comparison with MDT which simply deploys a captured image. System Centre Users should make sure they updated to System Centre Configuration Manager 2012 R2 to get the full benefits of managing devices on your network. WINDOWSRE-IMAGINED DOWNLOAD HERE DOWNLOAD HERE Deployment Toolkit Windows 10 ADK
  18. 18. Windows 10 in education 18education Provisioning Another way to deal with devices arriving in school which may already have a licensed version of Windows 10 is to use Provisioning. Provisioning literally is the ability to send a configuration package to the device and this can help with Certificates, Accounts and available Applications. Key software Another Windows 10 kit – Windows Imaging Configuration Designer. This Windows Kit will allow you to create your provisioning package. Simply click on the IT Pro settings on the left hand side of the screen to see the most common settings for IT Pros to use. Select the information you require; you will also notice in the middle at the bottom a helpful link to a webpage which will give you detailed information on the settings you’re are working on. Finally export your provisioning package by choosing Export from the top menu and make it available on a network share. You could then use a QR code or email details of the provisioning package to users who can deploy it themselves. Again saving time for the IT pro by bringing devices in line within the school environment without having to re-image them. Tip Provisioning is a new technology for IT professionals – Some great resources are available through the Channel9 site which is available here MDM Provisioning Windows deployed or provisioned – lets take a look at authentication and MDM (Mobile Device Management). Authentication has traditionally been dealt with through local Active Directory, while truly mobile devices have up to now been dealt with via a local user account, and managed ineffectively. We can now lever the power of Azure Active Directory and MDM. Windows 8 was the first OS to allow you to authenticate against a cloud ID in that case it was a Microsoft Account. Windows 10 takes that further by allowing you to authenticate against an organisational account (a school Office 365 account). For Office 365 users this will also give you a certain amount of MDM control over mobile devices for free. If you are a Windows Intune user this will neatly enrol your mobile device into Intune and allow you to manage those devices in an Intune policy for your school. Azure Active Directory is held in the cloud through Microsoft Azure Servers. The simplest way to utilise this power is by becoming an Office 365 subscriber and using the Azure Active Directory Sync tool. WINDOWSRE-IMAGINED DOWNLOAD HERE
  19. 19. Windows 10 in education 19education Get started If you haven’t already setup a free Office 365 subscription for your school, you can do so here. Install the Azure Active Directory Tool on your AD Domain PC download it here. Run the wizard and provide the relative credentials, then at the end of the wizard select Sync your directories now, to create your Azure Active Directory. Users with mobile devices can choose to join a workplace (an organisation) by selecting Join or Leave Azure AD from the user accounts menu and supplying their Office 365 account details. Once joined to Azure AD, users can log-in with their Office 365 credentials which, if setup correctly, will allow you to authenticate against local server resources as well. Once a device has been joined to Azure AD you will see it in the Office 365 Administrative Centre, and can have some MDM control over this device (device wipe, device lock etc). If you are a Windows Intune user then your device will be enrolled into your tenancy allowing full control of your device. BitLocker drive encryption We have all had to manage teacher laptops in the past, and then only to find out that numerous memory sticks have gone missing, possibly with child-specific data. Windows 10 comes with BitLocker to keep your data safe, whether on the device, memory card or USB stick. Where to find it ? To launch BitLocker simply type it in the search box on the taskbar. BitLocker makes full use of the Trusted Platform Module chip in your device to securely encrypt your storage. There are multiple ways you can unlock your drive including password, pin, smart card etc. Tip: Make sure you backup your BitLocker recovery keys. You can add these to Active Directory, or back them up to the cloud or onto a USB. These are most important if you need access to a drive which is running BitLocker as an IT professional. Many hours of life have been lost when trying to recover data without an encryption key. Windows Hello One of the most popular support calls is from colleagues who either want to reset or have simply forgotten their password, and can’t log-in to a laptop. Windows Hello, a new security feature, allows users to log-in using biometrics. Where the hardware supports it, you can log-in with facial recognition. This is not just a picture of you; the camera supports 3D recognition and infra-red to recognise who you are. Having seen Windows Hello in action at the Windows 10 launch it is very impressive, and as more hardware vendors support the technology Windows Hello will become more prominent for mobile users. Windows Defender Windows Defender has been around for several years now. Home users would often have a Windows device and then install separate Anti-Virus software not knowing they were already covered by Windows Defender. You can disable Windows Defender in favour of your own software, but a nice touch is if Defender sees your machine unprotected it will kick in to save the day – keeping your users safe. WINDOWSRE-IMAGINED DOWNLOAD HERE DOWNLOAD HERE Azure Active
  20. 20. Windows 10 in education 20education Microsoft Edge – the new faster browser Windows 10’s default browser is now Microsoft Edge, a new faster browser than anything before. You still get Internet Explorer with Windows 10 but it’s more there to cover backward compatibility with older web applications that a business might use. There is a lot in Edge, and it’s been built around a new superfast rendering engine. However, I will cover just a couple of aspects here. The first point is really that Edge can be the centre of the teaching experience in Windows 10. It can naturally read PDF files, (no need to deploy third party PDF readers in your image anymore), and it is safer at protecting you from harmful websites by using SmartScreen filtering. Probably the biggest aspect from a teaching perspective, is the ability to ink over a webpage, either using an IWB, or a device with its own pen such as the Surface. Teachers can annotate a web page easily and share it with a class through Microsoft OneNote for example. Compatibility If you are running Windows 7 or above, then you are currently able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Having upgraded two schools now, I will say that’s not entirely true. You may encounter the occasional difficulty with old legacy hardware that runs on Windows 7 – so be aware if your head teacher is running an old PC! At Old Buckenham High School, we have installed Windows 10 on ten- year-old Dell PC’s and its running smoothly, and faster than it did with Windows 7. Software compatibility is always an issue when upgrading an estate, but so far we have no mainstream software, as used in schools, which has caused an issue on Windows 10. Remember, if you need it the Compatibility tab on an application still exists and will allow you to run in previous version mode. One exception we have found that can affect schools is SmartNotebook Software, which requires version 15.1 to work on Windows 10 properly. WINDOWSRE-IMAGINED
  21. 21. Windows 10 in education 21education Windows as a Service As we see in Ollie Bray’s section of this book, what we have with Windows 10 is the last version of Windows in the true tradition of the sense. As we move forward we see Windows being continually upgraded through the Windows Insider Programme, and Servicing branches. Windows will continue to be developed by the Insider network, and once tested this will rollout to users through Windows Update school and business. There is also the option to utilise a version of the Service Branch that only allows an update to deploy after rigorous testing in the real world. It is a new way to deal with Windows, but from an infrastructure perspective we are still dealing with updates through Windows Server Update Service, so no change from behind the scenes. An app store ready for school We have been living in a App based world for a number of years now. Microsoft Windows 8 apps store has always somewhat lagged behind the competition. Application management has always been troublesome, and IT professionals had to learn how to side load applications and deploy them manually. With the new Windows Store this has changed and again has released exciting opportunities in the education market. Instead of a single monolithic store we now have a custom organisational store that a school can use to offer students the best educational apps to help with their learning. This, linked with the power of synchronising the student environment, means transformational learning can take place. Students could download the required apps for their learning at a computer in school. The school would have set up their own school app store, offering a range of free apps, or bulk purchased apps. Students install the app from the store and when they log off this environment syncs through Azure AD. When they log on at home with the organisational account this will sync this environment to the home computer and allow learning to continue. Though not available currently the store website will be http://businessstore.microsoft.com Flight plan Have you got a Microsoft OVS licensing agreement? If not, speak to your software vendor so you can get more control on what you can deliver to the desktop for your staff and students. 1. Sign up for Office 365 and create a school tenancy. 2. Use the Azure Active Directory to sync your on premise account to Office 365. This will create an organisational account for your users. 3. Deploy Windows Deployment Services and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to a production server and prepare Windows 10 for an ‘in place upgrade’ 4. Provision mobile devices using the Provisioning packages 5. Enable sign in on those devices using the Organisational account. 6. Deploy Office 2016. WINDOWSRE-IMAGINED TAKE A CLOSER LOOK TAKE A CLOSER LOOK Business Store Kevin Sait Head of IT Strategy Wymondham High Academy, Norfolk W: www.kevsait.wordpress.com www.wymondhamhigh.co.uk T: @kevin_sait
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