The next few months will likely be spent looking forward at all the great tech and updates rolling out in 2019, that we wanted to take a breath and look at all the updates we loved in 2018.
- Lenovo VR. The Lenovo VR Classroom started shipping out to schools last June. The VR headset allows students to go on virtual field trips anywhere at any time, no permission slips or bus rides required. The kits include everything administrators need to introduce this type of immersion learning to students. The entire VR system is easy-to-use, easy-to-clean, highly-durable and offered in 3-, 10- and 24-student kits, but adaptable for up to 30 students. And it’s backed by support and a one-year warranty.
- G Suite for Education. In January 2018, Google announced it was making this product even better with security updates for G Suite for Education and a new edition, G Suite Enterprise for Education, an expanded version built specifically for large educational institutions. Its new capabilities included mobile device management, cloud search, Gmail logs analysis in BigQuery, a security center and the ability to record meetings and save them to Drive.
- Microsoft Teams for Education. This popular software ushered in its sophomore with some big news, it’s free for educators, and also some new updates that helped make it even better for those users. These included page locking in OneNote, being able to mute students, join codes and reusing existing teams as templates.
- Flipgrid joining Microsoft. In 2018, Microsoft Teams integrated Flipgrid into its Microsoft Teams for Education. Flipgrid is a video discussion platform for educators and students. It allows students to share their ideas, wonderings, projects and questions in new and creative ways. This social learning app is now supported by OneNote, Microsoft’s digital notebook. Teachers add the topics, students respond with short videos, and everyone engages.
- G Suite Allowing Comments. In a February 2018 update, Google Drive started to allow users to leave feedback on Microsoft Offices files, PDFs and images bypassing the need to convert them into Google Docs, Sheets or Slides. With this update, you can now comment on those files in Drive the way you’re used to in Google Docs. In the Drive preview pane, comment, assign tasks or mention coworkers and the people you work can reply back, even if they’re not using G Suite.
These are some of our favorite updates in educational technology in 2018 — and some of them, we carry as part of our services.