Saturday, 14 January 2017

Windows Ink

We tweeted earlier this week at our excitement and interest to discover some of the new Windows Ink features during a Basecamp training session (the 21st group as it happens). We were running through the usual demo of Window 10 and the Iiyama touchscreen when a teacher pulled it on screen and started to use it (the best thing about working with clever people is that you never quite know what they will introduce into the mix - no two days have been the same).


I know some people who know us were surprised that we even specified Windows 10 mini PCs to hide behind the Star Classroom computers, after all we've gone on record as being very positive about ChromeOS and our fleet of PCs across our academies is almost entirely still on Windows 7.

Windows 10 though has so many features that come alive when used with a (big) touchscreen that it wasn't a hard choice, especially as products like Office Mix allow us to rapidly produce videos for our DRET.tv library so it wasn't difficult to decide it was the best value option when we looked at a long term proposition (also products like Airserver allow us to do in software a lot of the screen casting needed without being tied into hardware likely to go out of date in months).


Windows Ink adds a whole series of simple but powerful tools to everything you can do on a Windows PC, so if you are using a multi-touch screen it comes into its own. For any of our staff that already have a Star Classroom board in place and done the Basecamp training it is very well worth watching the video below and using the little icon hidden in the bottom corner of the screen.


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