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Microsoft-led consortium to enable futuristic classrooms

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Microsoft India announced the availability of special bundled tablets for private schools (K6-12) in partnership with Acer, MBD Group and Tata Teleservices. The bundle is available to all private schools (K6-12) in India. The specially created bundle comprises a Windows 8.1 tablet, an Acer Iconia W4-820, which comes with an impressive HD IPS Display with enhanced brightness for reading in sunlight and runs on the latest Quad Core Intel® Atom™ Processor. The tablet comes with Office Home and Student as well as Office 365. Microsoft has also included the Office 365 Education A2 and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification for students.
A complete consumption and creation device, the bundle includes digital learning curriculum for students of K-12 state boards, CBSE and ICSE from MBD Group. The multimedia content from MBD is currently available in English and will soon be available in various regional languages as well. On an optional basis, Tata Teleservices is providing Photon Plus, a wireless device that provides high speed internet services on the move.
Arun Rajamani, Head, Public Sector and Education, Microsoft India, said, “This feature-rich tablet provides a secure, convenient and hassle-free experience for schools who want to integrate technology to make learning more enjoyable and interactive for students.”
As part of the offering, students can avail the Microsoft Office Specialist certification program and teachers in turn can gain access to eighty hours of self-learning content on leveraging technology while teaching. As part of the Microsoft Office 365 Education A2 plan, the tablet will also include important tools such as Office Web Apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote; Web Conferencing; SharePoint Intranet site; spam and malware protection; and 25 GB of personal cloud storage via OneDrive, per device.

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