The Myths Dispelled
Technology in the 21st Century is making a powerful impact in education and helping to ensure that students have access to gain next generation learning skills. So when Windows 8 came out last year, it was set to create an experience to help educational institutions provide just that and to assist in improving educational outcomes and bring learning to life.
So, why do people still have misconceptions about Windows 8 and continue to work with the more traditional operating systems? The reason? The full educational benefits may not be fully understood
or even utilised. So, we’re here to help dispel some myths and provide you with a simple and clear understanding of Windows 8 and how it can deliver a great learning experience in education.
‘You can’t use Windows 8 on desktops so there’s no point upgrading the school’s PCs’
This is definitely not the case. There are a number of new desktop PCs entering the market – particularly all in ones which are natively designed for Windows 8 to enable you to ‘get modern’ whilst providing an innovative and collaborative learning environment. The aim of Windows 8 was to provide an operating system that could be utilised across a variety of form factor PCs – whether that be desktop, notebook or tablet. Windows 8 brings a host of benefits to desktop PCs such as faster booting up time, faster running times, enhanced security features and flexible storage options. Windows 8 provides a full desktop experience and proves there is every reason to upgrade to a more modern operating system to deliver a more immersive learning experience to make learning more exciting.
‘Windows 8 is all about touch and only by using touch enabled devices will you benefit’
Windows 8 has been created for desktop, notebook and tablet meaning you’ll get a great experience no matter what the device. Designed for touch, mouse or keyboard, it allows students to interact with these devices and get the most out of a more modern and innovative interface.
‘Apps are only for consumers, there’s nothing for education’
Not true. There are many apps that are designed for education purposes too. Microsoft are committed to providing and delivering education ready apps which are accessible to students through the Windows App store. Specialised apps, simplistic access tools and a host of additional key features also help improve learning opportunities for students. And with built-in apps such as Mail, Calendar and Messaging staying connected with staff and students has never been easier. What’s more, you can also create and develop your own apps using tools such as DreamSpark which means you can get everything you need right at your fingertips.
‘Windows 7 software won’t be compatible with Windows 8’
You’ll find that whatever you run on Windows 7 will also be able to run on Windows 8. It’s been designed to work alongside existing Windows 7 systems, apps and other peripherals. There may be some exceptions with older versions of the operating system but general compatibility between the two is excellent.
‘You’ll have to completely re-train users’
There’ll be some element of training needed for Windows 8 users but nothing that will be too time consuming. You’ll find that those users who are already competent using Windows 7 will pick up the new operating system fairly quickly and with ease. Windows 8 is quite intuitive and once the basics have been mastered then the rest follows easily. Whilst changes on the new operating system are more pronounced, this is nothing that competent users should struggle with picking up. So whilst a small training session may be required to master the basics – this isn’t something that should be a burden to your users or impact your day to day learning environment.
‘Windows 8 will slow down your PC’s’
Unless you’re still running Windows XP on older hardware then this is far from the truth. Windows 8 was inclusively designed to run on tablets with smaller processor and memory capabilities. This means that if you have a PC that also has lower capacity processor power and memory then Windows 8 should run relatively well and not disrupt day to day learning. Windows 8 has faster boot up times and will run just as smoothly on the same hardware as Windows 7 devices if not better.