The Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) and Microsoft has entered into an education alliance to provide Office 365 for its community of Catholic schools across the world as part of a new Social Network for Catholic Education.
Recognizing changes were needed to provide their students with the 21st century skills they'll need in their future careers, OIEC is partnering with Microsoft to bring Office 365 and other resources to more than 200,000 Catholic schools all over the world with the potential to reach 43 million Catholic students at 210,000 schools in 102 countries. The new network will provide innovative software, services, training and access to technologies that will better prepare students for the jobs of the future.
The alliance with Microsoft consists of the following key elements:
- "Access to technologies that help enable creativity, research and study, collaboration, and teaching and learning
- Creation of an online network for Catholic education and all OIEC schools
- Curriculum and training to develop digital literacy skills, help integrate technology into teaching and learning, and provide blueprints for innovative schooling
- Access to research findings and tools that measure and promote innovative education practices," Microsoft revealed.
"With Office 365 for education, OIEC students and educators will be able to do the following:
- Communicate using instant messaging and videoconferencing, taking part in virtual classes and transforming any conversation to include high-resolution video, application and desktop sharing
- Collaborate across the globe by creating class and group sites, which allow users to view availability of others and work together on projects in real time
- View, edit, and share Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files online with SharePoint Online and Office Web Apps, working together on projects and assignments
- Share calendars and access mail and calendars across devices with robust security and reliability
- Create and maintain compelling websites and edit them as easily as they would a Word document," Microsoft said.
In the video below, Anthony Salcito, vp of Microsoft Worldwide Education and F. Angel Astorgano, general secretary, Catholic International Education Office, discuss the education alliance that will bring Office 365 to more than 4.5 million students: