Indiana’s Crothersville Community School Corporation (CCSC) recognizes that technology is an important tool for helping students embrace learning. The district has used creative solutions to finance its ed-tech priorities, and a wireless virtual desktop solution helps keep support time to as minimum, so IT staff can focus on applications for teaching and learning.
For these reasons and more, we’ve chosen CCSC as our “eSchools of the Month” for September. Here, Assistant Principal Drew Markel describes some of the district’s accomplishments and its keys to ed-tech success.
(Editor’s note: To nominate your school or district for our “eSchool of the Month” feature, go to http://www.eschoolnews.com/eschool-of-the-month.)
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Since 2007, the Crothersville Community School Corporation has been focused on one goal: increasing student engagement through the use of interactive technology. CCSC moved from having a meager technology presence to installing a state-of-the-art wireless virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
In 2008, improvements were made to boost CCSC’s classroom interactivity with Promethean ACTIVboards and student response systems. To begin its one-to-one engagement program, CCSC in 2010 installed a complete corporation-wide Cisco wireless system. This infrastructure set the stage for a one-to-one Android-based tablet deployment using the KUNO tablet from UwriteTouch. We paired this with CurriculumLoft Explore to provide a truly personalized online digital curriculum.
This infrastructure is complemented by a complete virtual desktop solution using Wyse Thin Clients and a Cisco and EMC storage backbone.