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PCR’s guide to back-to-school software

We see what the likes of Adobe, Acronis, Lightspeed Systems and Microsoft have to offer students and educational facilities.
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While we’re all currently distracted by this summer’s heat wave, the back-to-school season is fast approaching, and so, PCR has outlined the best software to help students and educational facilities make the most of the next school term.

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Adobe has long been the go-to name for creatives, whether they be in audio editing, graphic or web design. With iconic programs like InDesign, Photoshop and Lightroom, Adobe is the leading brand for content creation.

Rather than making customers buy an expensive licence to Adobe’s suite of 20-plus creative applications, the company made the shift to the Creative Cloud subscription model several years ago. As such, a greater number of people are now able to get access to the suite than every before with a low monthly cost.

The company also offers a variety of plans for education institutions, ranging from individual students, teachers and faculty to entire institutions. Creative Cloud includes everything they need to create graphics, videos, web content, online portfolios and more.

Featured product: Creative Cloud For Education

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Acronis is a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage. Founded in Singapore in 2003, the company now operates from local offices in 18 different countries, including the International Headquarters in Singapore and Corporate Headquarters in Switzerland.

Education and Research institutions need to preserve their data and enable students and faculty to easily access and share data with both internal and external colleagues. If any data is lost or compromised, it can interrupt your institution’s business, damage the brand, and put the institution out of compliance with a variety of regulations and funding mandates - all which can result in financial losses.

Acronis delivers easy, complete, and safe solutions to protect your data and manage safe and secure access. With Acronis, your students, faculty, and administrative staff can always find the data they need when they need it from any location using any device they choose.

Featured product: Acronis Backup 12.5 Standard and Advanced

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Education is undergoing a technology revolution. New devices and new tools are being added to the classroom every day. The IT department is responsible for keeping all this technology managed, safe, and working. Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, managed, and mobile.

Through its portfolio of products, Lightspeed Systems aims to transform education by empowering IT departments in schools around the world – and making it easy for them to empower their users.

Classroom offers several key features to make education more secure and seamless for both teachers and students. Automated Teacher Assistance helps teachers keep an eye on unusual student device activity, giving teachers an insight into where and when students are going off-task. The software also features the ability to isolate student access to specific websites and screen viewing.

Featured product: Classroom

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The defining name in productivity software, Microsoft’s suite of programs are the de facto way in getting work done, whether it be producing presentations in PowerPoint or writing essays in Word.

One of the best things about Office 365 for students and teachers is that it’s actually free. So that they can keep connected with their work, students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.

But when it comes to equipping the entire institution, the top-of-the-line offering for schools is Office 365 A5. Along with the expected applications like Outlook, Excel and Word, Office 365 A5 comes with a variety of services like OneDrive and Exchange. Exclusive to this option is Microsoft’s best-in-class intelligent security management, advanced compliance, and analytics systems.

Featured product: Office 365 A5 

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