Virtual desktops: Imagine the possibilities for teaching and learning

Individuals and groups have unique profiles of access to instructional software, administrative tools, and data. Furthermore, with VDI, they have the freedom to securely access applications anytime, anyplace, using any device with browsing capabilities.

Instructional implications

The York County School Division (Va.) has created a VDI and provided access to the VDI to secondary staff members. We anticipate providing access to elementary staff members by the end of the 2010-2011 school year and we are developing plans for student VDI access. VDI will support our use of technology to engage students in rigorous learning experiences. VDI will help us tap into students’ interest in digital tools as a means to higher student achievement.

With the initial implementation of our VDI, teachers have immediately expressed appreciation for the ability to connect to the division’s network anytime, anyplace, and from any device. We have only just begun to take advantage of the possibilities of VDI!

Eric Williams, Ed.D., serves as superintendent of the York County School Division in Virginia.

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