Last week we quietly slip streamed Windows Azure into our school portfolio, for students studying the Microsoft Technology Associate certification in the schools IT Academy.
This means we now provision our students with there own Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine, for them to get hands on experience with the technology, on a one to one basis. For course members we provision a new virtual machine in the Azure control panel, and then distribute the resulting .rdp file to the students to launch their session from either in school or home.
The flexibility of ‘adding a server on demand’ means that students can get the experience, instead of ‘just passing and exam’. With Azure’s scalable infrastructure, we can not only give students hands on experience, but can offer a range of other services through the platform.
The technical team is currently looking at a ‘cloud based’ AD to provision in school services to students 24/7 from what ever internet connected device they are on. We are also looking at provisioning SharePoint 2013 plus SharePoint Learning Kit to support our SCORM based revision titles.
With using Windows Azure and Office 365 this ensures students gain access to the latest technology to help their ability to learn both in and out of school.