10,000 Free Windows RT Surfaces for Teachers

#edtech #iste13 Honestly, I didn't really believe it until it really happened...

Last month Microsoft announced that they would give away 10,000 of their Surface RT tablets to educators attending the ISTE Conference this year. If you do the math that is well over $5,000,000 of hardware they're giving away. There had to be a catch.

So I filled out the online form, got a simple piece of paperwork signed by my administrator and when I arrived in San Antonio, I stood in line for 10 minutes and was handed a brand-spankin' new Surface RT. Holy crud, it was true!

This give away is part of Microsoft's bold move to gain a beachhead into the classroom, something to give them a leg up on the iPad. The iPad is dominating the tablet world, but other tablets are gaining ground, and this could turn out to be a strong play for Microsoft.

So it will be very interesting to see how this plays out over this next year.

Brad

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Skipping from MS Office 2003 to 2010

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A free mockup of the Microsoft office 2010 log...

My district announced a few days before the end of school that they would be updating us from Microsoft Office 2003 to 2010 (skipping Office 2007) during the summer, so when we get back in August we will all be running Office 2010. I thought this was really cool, but then the emails started to flood in from teachers panicking over the announcement. People were worried about the upgrade and having to learn how to use the new Office platform.

So I was happy when I was reading Atomic Learning's blog today when I found the post about how to transition from MS Office 2003 to 2010 with a great video that shows you exactly how to do it. I have forwarded this post to all my teachers so that when they back, they will have this handy little video that will show them everything they need to know. Thank you Atomic Learning.

- Brad Flickinger, Bethke Elementary School

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