On Monday, we announced the availability of Student Advantage, which enables schools and universities licensing Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty to extend the service to students at no additional cost. We also mentioned a new education customer has recently turned to Office 365, and today we’re happy to officially share more details.
The Peel District School Board, Canada’s second largest public school board, has turned to Office 365 to help equip their students for future success. The deployment will give more than 150,000 students, administrators and staff members access to Office 365 tools. The technology team at Peel evaluated solutions from other vendors, but felt that Office 365 provided the capabilities and integration they needed, and would effectively help prepare students for the working world. Office 365 also supports mobile platforms, aligning well with the district’s BYOD initiative.
The students in the Peel District will have the opportunity to become proficient with Office 365, which according to IDC, is the third most sought after skill in today’s job market. In a highly competitive job market where less than two in five hiring managers reported they felt college students or recent graduates are prepared for a job in their chosen fields, it’s more important than ever for students to build real-world skills that will translate well to the office.
Office 365 helps provide those real-world skills more than any other productivity solution, helping teachers prepare students for success in the classroom and beyond. It enhances collaboration and helps to build the technical skills young adults need to excel. We took some time to look at a day in the life of both students and teachers to see why Office 365 supports classroom engagement and education in ways Google Apps for Education cannot.