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When it comes to technology in education, your school, college or university needs more than just a device or service. You need a complete solution. With Windows, Microsoft can make learning experiences come to life and help you to create dynamic learning experiences.

Our Education IT Specialists here at Business Direct can offer free and impartial advice on the best solutions for your academic institution. By working with us to deploy a new Windows solution across your learning environment, you're choosing to work with a business that’s trusted by over 14,000 academic institutions across the UK.

Microsoft has reached:

See how Microsoft is enhancing learning outcomes across the world:

Download 'Microsoft in Education's Impact in Numbers' PDF [1.1MB]

Take a look at a Showcase Classroom event

Learn more about Windows 10 and Office 365 in education. Discover how these tools can support your students and improve learning outcomes.


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Register for our free events and take the opportunity to "think again" about Microsoft in your learning environment. Learn more about Windows 10 and Office 365 in education. Discover how these tools can support your students and improve learning outcomes. Register your interest for a similar event. We’ll contact you when there’s one in your area.

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Microsoft Classroom

You can manage all of your classes in a customised experience. With Microsoft classroom you’ll always be up-to-date with School Data Sync, even if students move classes between terms.

Integration with your Learning Management System

You’ll be able to create lessons and grade student’s work in Office or OneNote and easily integrate it into your LMS. Microsoft now have over 25 education partners committed to integrating with Office 365 Education.

Class group and teacher communities

Organise each of your classes in Microsoft Classroom. It includes Class Notebook, assignments, grades, conversations, calendars, and announcements. Create a group for your professional learning community to share best practices.

Make technology management easy

With improved deployment, management, and safety features, Windows 10 Anniversary Update gives administrators the flexibility they need to build a solid learning platform.

Bringing it all together

Spend less time setting up classes and managing access with School Data Sync. SDS integrates Office 365 and Windows 10 with your student information systems and more.

Student safety

Microsoft respects the privacy, security, and safety of your students. We are a charter signatory of the student privacy pledge.

Class Notebook and Learning Tools

Add lesson plans, materials, assignments, and student work in a digital binder. Empower students with Learning Tools for Office 365 apps starting with OneNote, to help improve reading and writing.

Quick deployment

Set up new Windows 10 devices in minutes. Teachers and administrators can set up shared devices—and students log in in just seconds.


Take a look at our SEND festivals

Run with Tablet Academy facilitators and creators, take the opportunity to learn more about adopting technology in a way that drives your learning environment's IT strategy.


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Register for a festival with a theme that supports your students. Run with Tablet Academy facilitators and creators, take the opportunity to learn more about adopting technology in a way that drives your learning environment's IT strategy. Discover how with BT's help, you can use transformational tech to support your students and improve learning outcomes. Register your interest in similar events. We’ll contact you when there’s one in your area.

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What is the Education Edition?

Microsoft launched Minecraft: Education Edition to the world at BETT 2016. Since then, more than 120,000 students and educators, from over 100 countries,2 have discovered how Minecraft can facilitate learning through creation, exploration and teaching.

This fantastic gamification platform gives you the opportunity to inspire your students with cross-curriculum learning by bringing a game they know and love into the classroom.

Why adopt Minecraft in your classroom?

  • Student engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Creative exploration
  • Tangible learning outcomes

Receive a one-year free subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition3

New Minecraft: Education Edition update

In this new update, you’ll find more features for teachers. A number of the new features offered were requested by the Microsoft Educator Community. They’ve added Global Pause to take a quick break to transition to a new activity as well as accessibility features like text to speech for in-game chat. You’ll see an updated user interface for managing in-game settings too. While playing, you’ll also see new features, like the new 256 world height for greater building capabilities and complete gameplay from the first night to The End dimension. There’s new “Minecraft mobs” and items including igloos and Polar Bears in snowy biomes included in the update too.

Microsoft have also announced that they’re expanding the Minecraft Community and the Minecraft Mentor programme to include 60 Global Minecraft Mentors representing 18 countries around the world. Minecraft Mentors are experienced guides to help you as educators with your Minecraft journey in education. As part of the additional support Microsoft are providing to educators, they’ve made it simpler to upload and share Minecraft worlds with the community. So it’s easier than ever to get started with Minecraft in the classroom. Minecraft: Education Edition is available to purchase now. Talk to your Education IT Specialist and one of our licensing specialists about bringing Minecraft: Education Edition to your classroom today.


Introducing the brand new Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition

Enable your students to get hands on with coding. Explore, create, and play in an immersive Minecraft world – all through writing code.

Learn more

Want to find out more about how to integrate Minecraft into your students' learning? Read our blog

Talk to your account manager or one of our Education specialists today: 0800 429 3020 or email btbd.publicsector@bt.com

View things you need to know

  1. Source: Microsoft by the numbers, http://news.microsoft.com/bythenumbers
  2. Source: Minecraft: Education Edition Fact Sheet, https://msblob.blob.core.windows.net/ncmedia/2017/05/Minecraft-Education-Edition-Fact-Sheet.pdf
  3. Free one-year free subscription when you purchase a new Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 S device for your school. Offer is valid from July 1st 2017 until January 31st 2018. Office 365 Education account and internet access required. To redeem your subscription go to https://info.microsoft.com/Minecraft-Education-Edition-Signup.html


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