There is another group of players that are impacted by the current environment. This is the educational industry. At the present time, teachers of all grade levels, and even university/college professors are constantly being challenged to teach their students from the virtual world, without any form of direct interaction.

For example, all lectures, homework, and exams have to be administered via computers and other forms of wireless devices.

This is challenging, and is completely unprecedented of course, but the good news is that the juggernaut of the software and cloud vendors, Microsoft, has 100% committed to helping the academic sector in getting through these extremely turbulent waters. This is the focal point of this article.

A Breakdown of Microsoft Licensing For the Educational Sector

The following matrix gives a breakdown of what is available for both teachers, lecturers, professors, and students alike:

Microsoft 365 A1 Licensing

Pricing Free, there is no commitment
Included Software Apps Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
Included Services Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams, Sway, Forms, Stream, Flow, Power Apps, School Data Sync, Yammer

Other special features:
*50 GB of Exchange Mailbox storage
*Unlimited Cloud storage, for personal use

Microsoft 365 A1 Licensing

Pricing $2.50 per user per month; requires an annual commitment
Included Software Apps Same as A1 Licensing, but also includes Publisher and Access, for only desktop uses
Included Services Same as A1 Licensing, but also includes Bookings

Other special features:
*The Office desktop applications can be installed onto 5 PCs or Mac computers
*The Office apps can be installed onto 5 wireless devices or smartphones.

Microsoft 365 A5 Licensing

Pricing $6.00 per user per month; requires an annual commitment
Included Software Apps Same as A3 Licensing
Included Services Same as A3 Licensing, but also includes Power BI

Other special features:
*In class intelligent security management
*Advanced compliance systems
*Advanced analytics systems

The Different Types of Licensing Agreements

Microsoft also offers various licensing programs for the educational sector as well, thus enabling you to choose what will work best for your respective place of learning. They are as follows:

  • The Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (aka EES):

This is specifically created and designed for academic institutions with at least 1,000+ students.  This program is also available for those students that want to license at least one or more Microsoft “Educational Platform Products”.

  • The Microsoft Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions (OVS-ES):

This program has been established for academic institutions with between 5 to 999 full time employees and/or students.  This can be used to fully license at least one or more desktop and/or Cloud based solutions across the entire institution.

  • The Microsoft Select Plus for Academic:

This is a transactional type of Licensing Agreement.  It is crafted for those educational institutions with at least 250 or more teachers, faculty, staff, and students per device.  This program is only available for On Premises Licensing and requires no further commitment on the part of the end user.

  • The Microsoft Open For Academic:

This kind of Licensing Agreement has been created for higher places of learning with at least 250 end users per device.  This is only available for deploying On Premises Microsoft based software applications and other relevant services (such as the ones examined in the matrices in the last section).

  • The Microsoft Cloud Agreement:

This is an incredibly unique type of agreement for Cloud usage (primarily that of Azure), and it only requires 1 end user per device.  However, this program is only available through a Cloud Solutions Advisor, such as KAMIND IT.

The Different Types of Licensing Agreements

When you get this kind of licensing from Microsoft, your educational institution will reap a number of key benefits, such as the following:

  • You can easily deploy effective learning methods, which will quickly ramp up both the reading and writing skills of your students, especially those in Kindergarten or Elementary School.
  • With the specific types of learning based technologies and tools that Microsoft has developed, your students will be able to quickly harness the power of datasets right at their fingertips. For example, you have the Hacking STEM program, as well as the “MakeCode Arcade”, in which students can create their own, simple games making use of a code development generator that is geared towards different age groups.
  • By using Microsoft Teams for collaborative efforts, you can save up to 30% of your overall work time, so that you can devote more time to further refining your educational curriculum.
  • With the Microsoft OneNote, you will be able to offer personalized, 1-on-1 attention to your students that need this the most. In fact, current research has shown that this kind of e-Instruction method has proven to be at least 98% more effective than the traditional styles of classroom instruction and learning.
  • Rather than having to manually keep track of each of your student’s progress via Excel, you can now completely automate this entire process with Power BI, and create powerful dashboards so that you can get a quick, bird’s eye view of how all of your students are doing with just one, quick glance.
  • By making use of the latest security tools for Windows 10, the need for IT support is cut down by at least 33%.
  • With the substantial savings that you get with the various Licensing options, you can save a large amount of money and reallocate that spending for much needed items like document scanners, microscopes, media switchers and interactive whiteboards.
  • You can get various computer and/or wireless accessories (such as keyboards, mice, etc.). starting only at $250.00
  • By making use of the Microsoft Intune For Education, you can save at least 84% in the time that it takes up to manage the various devices that makes use of this particular technology.
  • Other low-cost pricing packages are also available, such as laptops starting out at only $189.00 and 2-1 tablets starting out at $279.00.

Conclusions

While the benefits of Microsoft Educational Licensing are huge and expansive, it is important to keep in mind that only accredited educational institutions can qualify for all of this.  Also, it is equally important to make use of a Cloud Solutions Advisor to help you determine which Licensing Model will be best suited for your place of learning.

Contact us today to see how we can help you.

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