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Microsoft Education Delivery enables the delivery of educational content for individual use and peer/group sharing

What is it

Microsoft Education Delivery carries high-quality educational material to mobile phones via mobile networks, making access to education possible for anyone, anytime! Broadly, there are two uses: collective and individual learning.
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Support for collective learning in public schools
Teachers display the media files to class by connecting the phone to a TV or a projector. Through Microsoft Education Delivery, free multimedia files can be integrated in the broader curriculum, making education even more relevant to youth. The delivered file content provide support for teachers to prepare their lessons. Since file transfer is free, families can get involved in and benefit from education.
Solution for individual learning
All kinds of organizations, including companies and non-profits, can use Microsoft Education Delivery for educational training purposes for individuals. When used for individual learning, the learner can watch materials directly on the device screen, meaning that a TV or a projector is not needed, nor the TV out capability in the mobile device. The selection of compatible devices for individual learning is hence wider.

How does it work

Step 1. Download software to your windows phone Step 2. Acess media files on server Step 3. Download media files from server Step 4. View files on phone, TV or data projector
For the Microsoft Education Delivery solution to work, you need:
The Microsoft Education Delivery software (free)
Microsoft phone(s): the service runs on Windows Phone 8.1
TV/projector and cable (if used for collective learning in a class room)
Content: educational media files (some materials are available for free)
Server: hosted cloud server or own server and server management
The software needs to be installed on a mobile phone and on an administrative computer; a teacher can then access, download and display a catalog of media files, which are stored and managed on a remote server. Once downloaded, the file is saved and can be displayed at any time.

How to get started

Get to know this site to learn all you need to know about Microsoft Education Delivery and how to use it. Talk to the people around you and get them excited too. Microsoft Education Delivery is free for anyone to start using or developing further.
To get Microsoft Education Delivery running in a school or organization, it's easy to get started by using the existing materials. To produce custom content, experience tells us that it's good to have schools, government agency and NGO work together.

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Use Cases

Microsoft Education Delivery enables the delivery of educational content for individual use and peer/group sharing
Concept
The software initially was designed to support collective learning and public schools, but it can also be used for individual learning, such as training purposes by enterprises and non-profits as well. In essence, the concept is the same for the public school and the enterprise use case. The success of the Microsoft Education Delivery program comes down to collaboration between different contributors. Each collaborator brings their own expertise and input, to respond to ensure for example access, up-to-date materials, teacher quality, timeliness and cost-efficiency.
Public education/collective learning use case
What's needed:
the Microsoft Education Delivery software and concept provided by Microsoft (free)
technical infrastructure (a mobile phone and a TV)
teacher training (technical and professional development)
multimedia content (educational material)
a public organization like the Ministry of Education and/or a non-profit organization to provide the educational content and training, and to draw these components together and to facilitate the interaction of the parties. The software needs to be installed on a mobile phone and on an administrative computer; a teacher can then access, download and display a catalog of media files, which are stored and managed on a remote server. Once downloaded, the file is saved and can be displayed at any time.
Private organization/individual learning use case
Private organizations can use Microsoft Education Delivery to deliver their own educational content for individual learning. In this case, a TV or projector is not necessary, as the content can be watched directly from a mobile device.

Taking MED into use

Deployment in new schools or organizations
You can start now - Microsoft Education Delivery is free for everybody to download and use. This site contains all the information you need to start using Microsoft Education Delivery in a new school or organization. Therefore, to start sharing educational material with Microsoft Education Delivery, you can just start.
Producing new educational material – to get even more out of Microsoft Education Delivery, you can produce your own educational content, be it audio, video or photos. The time and effort needed for the content creation depends on the scale of the project, and whether the content is ready to be uploaded or whether it needs to be produced from scratch. The creation of new content can take anything, ranging from a simple upload of your already created .mp4 video, to more custom and professionally made videos. The system is flexible, and the choice is up to the user. It is up to the administrator to decide the complexity and degree of involvement.

Example screenshots

Screenshots
See how it looks. These screenshots show the steps of browsing for a media item and downloading it with a mobile device.
Mobile application screenshots

Open Source

Microsoft Education Delivery enables the delivery of educational content for individual use and peer/group sharing

Developer community

Would you like to develop a new feature or make enhancements to Microsoft Education Delivery? We offer you the source code, along with all the tools and documentation you need to take Microsoft Education Delivery where you need it to go.
If you have an idea for a great new feature, send us a patch!
Whatever your ideas, we hope you'll share them with us for the benefit of our users and the developer community.

Source code

Microsoft Education Delivery is available as Open Source, under Berkely Software Distribution BSD, a family of permissive free software licences, imposing minimal restrictions on the redistribution of covered software.

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Microsoft Education Delivery enables the delivery of educational content for individual use and peer/group sharing

General

What is Microsoft Education Delivery?
Microsoft Education Delivery carries high-quality educational material to mobile phones over mobile networks, making access to education possible for anyone, anytime! Through the integration of free multimedia files in the broader curriculum, education is made relevant to youth. The file content supports the teachers in preparing their lessons. Teacher can display the media files by connecting the phone to a TV or a projector. Since file transfer is free, families can get involved in and benefit from education.
How does Microsoft Education Delivery work?
The idea of the Microsoft Education Delivery solution is simple, delivering multimedia content via a mobile phone.
What are the benefits of Microsoft Education Delivery?
Microsoft Education Delivery introduces a cost-effective way for carrying rich educational content and increase standards of teaching to schools and organizations alike.
How can I get the Microsoft Education Delivery software?
Microsoft Education Delivery is free for everybody to download and use. See the download instructions to get it.
What is the target group for Microsoft Education Delivery?
The software was initially designed to support collective learning and public schools, but it can also be used by enterprises and non-profits for educational training purposes. For more information about different use cases, see the Concept and use cases.
Where is Microsoft Education Delivery being used?
So far, the solution has been used in collective learning by public schools on three different continents.
What languages is Microsoft Education Delivery available in?
Microsoft Education Delivery is available in English. The content can be created in any language that is supported by the used mobile devices.
Other questions
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Implementation

How much does the implementation of the software system cost?
While the software is free of charge, there are costs involved in taking Microsoft Education Delivery into use. The cost of implementation varies greatly depending on factors, such as country, content used (using free content vs. creating new content), server choice (using our hosted, ready-to-use cloud server vs. setting up own server), need for mobile phones and network costs.
Can I get help with taking Microsoft Education Delivery into use?
The materials on this site are designed to help you set up Microsoft Education Delivery on your own. With the info materials, demo credentials, content examples, use cases, you have all you need to take Microsoft Education Delivery into use. The software is Open Source, so you are also welcome to develop it further.

Technical questions

What devices is Microsoft Education Delivery compatible with?
The software runs on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 devices. For class room usage, Microsoft Education Delivery requires a device with a “TV-out”, or video output port, meaning that the phone can be attached to a TV or projector to allow for the display of the content on a screen. This is not necessary when using the software for personal learning.
Is Internet connection needed to use Microsoft Education Delivery?
The videos reside on a cloud server, so an internet connection is necessary, either through a data connection via cellular network (data package) or a Wi-Fi connection. However, once the videos have been downloaded, there is no further need for internet connection.
What content can Microsoft Education Delivery have?
At the moment, Microsoft Education Delivery supports audio, photo, videos.
Do you need to set up a server when taking Microsoft Education Delivery into use?
As an implementer of Microsoft Education Delivery you have two options: you can either use our ready-to-use cloud server which provides site management via a web browser, OR you can set up the content management service yourself on your own server, provided that you have your own static ip address. The choice is yours.

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