Spartanburg School District 3 is thinking big when it comes to technology in the classroom. On August 16, 2012, Spartanburg 3 passed a 1:1 mobile learning initiative to put a device in the hands of their students and teachers to use in the classroom. Having already invested in Windows 7 desktops and laptops, it was important to select a solution that snapped into the existing IT ecosystem. Spartanburg 3 evaluated devices from Apple, Google and Samsung, but none were compatible with their legacy software, applications and IT infrastructure.
Dell’s Latitude 10 and XPS 12 offered an alternative. The Windows 8 devices enabled Spartanburg 3 to move forward with procuring new multi-touch devices without investing in new infrastructure.
IT Manager Donnie Elder says, “When we discovered that Dell had a line-up of Windows 8 devices that are compatible with our existing IT infrastructure, it was a no-brainer for the district to move forward with Dell. Not only are Dell’s tablets responsive, but it saves the district from having to invest in new IT systems so we can put more devices in the hands of our teachers and students.”
Even more important than achieving a 1:1 ratio of computers to students is ensuring the devices are enhancing the learning experience. With the productivity features of Windows 8, Spartanburg 3 students are able to have a two-way interaction leveraging the vast educational resources online as well as create content. As students complete tasks using their tablets, teachers are also able to monitor progress and personalize lessons to provide additional practice in an area of struggle or increase the rigor of a lesson.
“Ultimately, it’s all about the learning experience,” says Eric Levitt, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Spartanburg School District 3. “Dell and Windows 8 devices deliver our teachers and students an intuitive device for self-directed learning that delivers a personalized approach to education.”