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Kiwi schools to receive ‘all you can eat’ software solutions from Microsoft
Posted on 20-Mar-2012 05:00. | Tags Filed under: News.

Students will begin seeing changes to information technology (IT) solutions as schools around the country take advantage of the Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement between Microsoft New Zealand and the Ministry of Education.

Simple and easy to understand, the newly signed variation to the Microsoft Schools Agreement has removed traditional barriers to software licensing and is designed to provide schools with significant value for money – reducing the total cost of ownership so more resources can be focused into the classroom.

Evan Blackman, Education Manager at Microsoft New Zealand, says the EES agreement represents a further step in providing all New Zealand schools with access to top-of-the-line technology solutions.

“Our main priority is the students coming through the schooling system today, they will grow up to be tomorrow’s leaders, and to ensure the economic and future success of New Zealand we need to make sure our students are digitally literate and operating at the highest level they can be.”

“The EES agreement provides schools with unlimited servers, as well as the option of moving to a private cloud. Combined with the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) rollout which will provide schools with high speed connectivity, this change to the Microsoft Schools Agreement means cloud services will be more accessible, giving schools more technology flexibility and ultimately lifting school and student performance.”

The Microsoft New Zealand School Agreement has been in place since 2009. The EES agreement (negotiated and confirmed this year) will enable greater use and deployment of technology into schools.

Mike Leach, Principal at Botany Downs Secondary College says this agreement will give schools access to technology that was not previously feasible.

“By significantly reducing the cost of implementing and managing technology solutions, the EES agreement is allowing schools to redistribute resources and funds within existing budgets to other areas where it is desperately needed.”

“As a school, we are seeing an influx of students and teachers bringing their own devices into the classroom. The EES agreement makes Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programmes easier to implement, ensuring a school can provide students with the best learning environment and access to the latest technology.”

The variation to the Microsoft Schools Agreement includes the current core products, unlimited Microsoft core servers, the addition of Apple Mac computers (including the use of Office For Mac and Windows OS Upgrades on school owned or leased Apple Mac computers), the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack, and the ability for students to access school Microsoft servers from their own personal devices.

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