Technology is the key to improving how we edify tomorrow’s leaders, both students and educators alike. Technology changes the way teachers teach and the way students learn. With entire classrooms now able to collaborate and share virtual notebooks with OneNote, not only with Microsoft products but with Apple iOS and Google’s Android as well, Microsoft is changing the face of education and developing technology to change how learning. For David Lopez, a K-5 classroom teacher and professional development specialist, the Surface Pro 3 is the ideal tool for education and a crucial piece of technology.
Mr. Lopez’s job requires him to frequently travel to different schools and school districts. While visiting other institutions, Lopez assists other educators integrate technology into their schools, teaching them the benefits of productivity tools such as the Surface Pro 3 and OneNote. While traveling 30,000 feet in the air, Lopez often bumps elbows with other frequent fliers who are more than a little curious about all he is able to do with this Surface Pro 3. Being the ever scholarly man that he is, Lopez can’t help but demonstrate his favorite features.
Lopez tells us about his experiences in post on Microsoft in Education blog:
They see me take out my active stylus and start highlighting a document in OneNote, and then they look at the papers they’re working on, wondering how they could do the same thing. And when I flip the keyboard under the screen and read an e-book while keeping the flight tracker open on the split-screen? Yes, I’ve seen their eyes peek over at my screen and I have to say, “Pretty cool, huh? Would you like to give it a try?”
The teacher in me can’t help but demonstrate how this great device has changed the way educators collaborate and communicate with their students.
My favorite feature to demonstrate is how I can give descriptive feedback to my students in OneNote using the inking feature and the built-in microphone. I simply open OneNote, find the paper, insert a recording, and then begin writing and highlighting on the screen just as I would on paper. The real eye-opener is when I click “playback” and the inking starts highlighting and moving down the page as my recorded voice comes through the speakers.
Lopez goes on to express his desire for all of his students and fellow educators to have access to devices like the Surface Pro 3. Although there are perhaps hundreds of uses for Microsoft’s Surface devices, educators like Lopez see its value in education and all the possibilities Surface can create.
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