Device Assessment Criteria for Education

Microsoft’s 11 criteria for schools to assess and select end-user devices that will empower the modern classroom…

  • Modern Device Management
    Devices can be managed, secured and updated centrally with easy, automated device management
  • Usage Modes
    Devices support multiple usage modes, empowering students to naturally handwrite, draw, and diagram

  • Full Keyboard
    Devices have a full, built-in or detachable, keyboard to maximise screen space and optimise performance

  • Performance
    Devices enable students to develop future-ready skills and have the power and ability to run full software, not just apps, and support multi-tasking. Teachers and students will all work better with a fast, powerful, responsive experience that lets them seamlessly run multiple applications at the same time

  • Digital Whiteboard
    Devices are equipped with a digital whiteboard solution, such as Microsoft Whiteboard, that takes the magical simplicity of a classroom board and adds a digital pen, touch, and the unlimited potential of audio, video, and interactivity

  • Operating System
    Devices are compatible with an industry recognised operating system, such as windows, that supports everything teachers and students need, along with additional software options available through an online store

  • Accessibility
    Devices have built-in personalisation tools, assistive tools, and accessibility options that help students with vision, hearing, mobility, physical and learning differences

  • Connectivity
    Devices have sufficient ports to connect to other things, like headphones and projectors, and devices support dual-band Wi-Fi to ensure a fast and secure connection to the school network can be established with ease

  • Lightweight
    Devices are lightweight and portable to support teacher and student posture, health and welfare
  • Durability
    Devices have a robust case and toughened screen, a cover, and impact protection features to protect against inevitable drops and knocks

  • Battery-Life
    Devices have a minimum 8 hours battery life that will last over 3 years (1,000 cycles) to ensure that classes are not interrupted by devices that always run out of charge


Click here to download this checklist as an editable PDF.

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