ANDOVER, Mass., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company,announced today that Woodford County School District, located in Kentucky, has deployed the Enterasys OneFabric architecture to support its 1:1 computing and Digital Citizenship programs. With the network visibility and granular control provided by the Mobile IAM solution, Woodford County can successfully manage the 1600 Apple iPads® distributed to its high school students and faculty.
With the goal to provide their students with a 21st century learning experience, Woodford County supplies each high school student and faculty member with an iPad. This allows for cohesive classroom instruction while giving school administration greater control over how the technology is used. To provide the robust networking architecture required to support this wireless initiative, Woodford County chose the Mobile IAM solution as it allows the district to control the level of resource and Internet access permitted for each student through its Digital Citizenship program, while offering a seamless user experience.
Through the Digital Driver's License program currently offered through the University of Kentucky's P20 Innovation Lab, Woodford County can teach students how to be good digital citizens and ensure they don't abuse or misuse their digital privileges, while allowing teachers and students to realize the full benefits of digital learning. The Enterasys OneFabric architecture enables the school district to deploy this Digital Citizenship program and match the students' digital access rights to their demonstrated level of responsibility.
"When you spend a million dollars on an initiative of this scale, it just has to work. We needed a wireless network that could track, monitor and compartmentalize each device to provide the necessary accountability from an administrative side, but without sacrificing usability," said James Tuttle, network administrator for Woodford County School District. "The Enterasys OneFabric architecture makes this possible as it verifies proper or improper use of the resources for granting or removing expanded access rights and motivates the students to be good stewards of the technology."
For the school district to easily control different levels of Internet access through a Digital Citizenship program, Woodford County required the ability to dynamically allocate access rights to users without requiring any set-up changes on the client device, such as changing an IP or proxy address. The Enterasys OneFabric architecture provides a transparent proxy service as part of its wireless network fabric. This allows Woodford County's IT administration to assign specific privileges to student devices without having to touch the devices or move them to virtual LANs. The IT team can easily monitor and control the Internet access of each student without disturbing the user experience.
"The speed of the Enterasys network, coupled with the capacity of the wireless access points and the ability to track students, means we're not spending time managing the network, but rather dedicate our time improving classroom instruction," said Greg French, CIO of Woodford County School District. "Enterasys has allowed us to focus on teaching and learning – not the technology– so we can continue our goal of developing our students' 21st century skills."
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