5 Mins with Kevin Greely from Parallels

UnknownI’m 20 years out of school, and I am amazed by what has changed and equally by what hasn’t. I look at it this way: Kids need to be prepared for the world they’ll face; the world that they will have capacity to change and improve. Students thrive when they have access to stimulating content and inspirational up-to-date information and learning aids. That’s part of the equation. All the new technology and ways of helping students understand need to be complemented by passionate – and importantly, well rewarded – educators.

The ideal ‘School of the Future’ will be more collaborative, communicative, socially “plugged-in” and most importantly mobile. With great emerging technologies like 3D printing and VR, educators will find it easier to lead students to understand more and be excited by more.

From a technology standpoint, it makes sense for schools to ensure they aren’t driving themselves into a siding. This is a risk many are seeing as they make decisions on what hardware or software to stake their rolling future on.

Many students and teachers are using devices now, so the amount has increased. Well, it’s all over the place in terms of the array of devices being used – iPads, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, tablets. And that’s fine as long as they can all use the same content.

I think the most important change has been around mobility. Many schools still have a long way to go in terms of speed of access to data, but it is pretty amazing what we can do even now.

For desktop hardware, changes have been driven mainly by funding concerns. BYOD has great financial advantage but can be troublesome if some of the devices are not compatible with software being used.

What hasn’t changed: Students’ capacity to learn, educators’ capacity to teach. When I speak to schools about their current environment and what they are doing, there is still a heavyweight use of Windows and Windows compatible apps. We still have the PC and Mac divide, though we are seeing a lot more Macs being used now. Schools tell me that it is the better Apple hardware that attracts them to Mac. The very smart ones tell me that this is also because they can run Windows on these Macs simultaneously using Parallels Desktop. A very effective BYOD approach might restrict to Windows and Mac.

Our mission at Parallels is to provide the best technology and experience for businesses, employees and individuals to access and use any applications and files on any device, anywhere, anytime. In a utopian world, everything would be compatible with everything else. It’s simple! But it’s just not realistic. So… We have a technology in Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, that allows you to run Windows on Mac – both at the same time, fully integrated, fast, it’s beautiful! You’ll have Windows working on a Mac better than it does on a PC. So you have the best of both worlds For schools that need students to have Windows on their laptops, and that is most schools, we have a great solution that doesn’t restrict them to needing a PC. They can bring a Mac to school with Windows on it. Did I mention we also have a 50% Education discount whether it’s for one Mac or many.

With our Parallels Access product, you can gain full access to PCs and Macs from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can actually run Photoshop or AutoCAD from your phone, with all the actual work being done in real time on your PC or Mac somewhere else in the world.

Parallels can really help this incompatibility issue to take the headache out of, at least the Windows or Mac debate. Today you can have both and have it all!

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