Google G-Suite v Microsoft O365 - Digital 2020: Substituting tradition or transforming futures?

When approaching digital strategy in education, one of the most common questions is "should we run with Google G-Suite or Microsoft 365?

Similar to these posted in the video, the response given is normally twofold. First, it is very difficult to justify any comparison over one product/technology over another. Second, any choice (if there is one) considers whether the education vision for digital is genuinely about breaking from the growing implications of traditional education and or whether (or not) digital is used to enable real experiential, immersive and or interdisciplinary education. If the latter holds true, then the answer to the question avoids digital substitution in favour or pursuing the real values of real, people focused, digital transformation.

With that consideration, new forms of pedagogy demand new and sophisticated tools, that contrast with common school management systems, content tools and or learning management systems, in order to foster real 1:1 learning, an abandonment of post-learning-assessment (and online assessment), in pursuit of technologies for competency-centred content, learner intelligence and workflow automation. As a result, in order to form strong, culturally responsive, 1:1 engagements, shifting pedagogy away from purely direct-teaching to meaningful and insight driven engagement, to suit the characteristics of each learner, sophisticated tools enable quality intervention and facilitation of unique learning experiences. With IOT playing a crucial role, mobility gives substance to modern learning environments (finally!) and resoles the equity challenges with 24/7 education operation. The following are example variables offered by top-game technologies:

  • Engagement levels and lapse     

  • Resource utilisation and effectiveness     

  • Learning style management     

  • Cognitive level achieved     

  • Lesson performance management     

  • Learning tool effectiveness & ROI     

  • Programme quality: strength of meaningful

Digital transformation technologies, applied with purpose, quickly distinguish themselves with easy-adoption substitutes (which run the risk of becoming digital-end points) yet often reflect the quality of an education institutions "strategy" and how this relates to their talent development aspirations, community, regional and or national development outcome(s).

In this overview video (one of a series), differing types of school strategy are discussed as a means to address the question of Google G-suite and Microsoft O365 (and associated technologies).

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