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School pupils receive free access to Microsoft apps

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School pupils and educators on the Isle of Man have been given free access to a range of computer applications and learning tools under a scheme run by the Education Service.

The Microsoft Office 365 package includes industry-standard programmes such as Word, PowerPoint and Teams that can be used to support learning and communication.

Students and teachers can simply log in using their school username to download the apps to a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

The software has been made available, at no extra cost, as part of the general Microsoft licence agreement paid for by Isle of Man Government, and the full package will remain available for as long as students remain in full-time education.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said:

‘The way we use technology is now an intrinsic part of learning and a good understanding of these programmes is a requirement in many walks of life.

‘This arrangement allows pupils to access world leading apps on any device in just a few clicks – and opens a world of possibilities at no cost to themselves or their families.

‘As we’ve experienced over the past year, young people require the tools to pursue their learning both at school and remotely and this scheme can play an important part.’

The scheme was originally launched in 2018 and pupils and school staff are now being reminded of the benefits following the recent disruption to schools and a review of the provision of remote learning.