Microsoft wants to help schools manage lessons and allow students to work online.
The internet-ready Encarta Class Server, which allows teachers to manage online curriculum standards, lesson plans, content, assignment and assessment, is to be released in April. The technology also gives teachers, students and parents access to a child's assignments page. Education material from publishers is promised, and Microsoft says it can "match" Education Ministry and school curriculum standards.
Microsoft NZ marketing manager Ross Peat says Encarta will help parents become more involved in their children's education without creating more work for the teacher.