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Maine Township High School District Relies on Citrix Solutions for Teaching and Learning in the Digital World

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The widespread use of mobile devices on campuses and the need for more personalized learning are changing how students learn and how classes are taught. Educational institutions and school districts are eager to implement the latest technology, but typically do not have significant infrastructure and funding resources available. That’s why they are looking for solutions to move teaching and learning into the digital world. Maine Township High School District in Chicago, educating 6,500 culturally diverse students and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in the National Secondary School Recognition Program, has created a dramatically more efficient school day for teachers and students using Citrix solutions.

Maine Township’s IT department was able to purchase new Chromebooks, as well as all of the Citrix software needed to virtualize the latest Windows-based solutions. The IT organization collaborated extensively with Google experts over a three-month period to create a cloud-based infrastructure integrated with XenDesktop, NetScaler and Google Apps for Education. As a result, students now work like they will in college by using the most current software available on Chromebooks. For example, as schools nationwide gradually adopt the model of requiring students to submit homework electronically via Google Docs, integrating with this technology is essential.

The new environment created with Citrix solutions also empowers more than 700 teachers to access a consistent desktop environment, with solutions that are always up-to-date and user friendly. Because all faculty members see the same applications and desktop regardless of the device or browser they use, training and support have been dramatically simplified and streamlined. As a result, instead of spending 85 percent of their time supporting desktop machines, the IT team can focus on helping students and teachers improve their skills and achieve their classroom goals.

“The new Citrix-enabled environment provides teachers with easy access. Teachers need to be able to expect classroom technology to work just as easily as writing on a chalkboard does. By making the technology environment more reliable, we free up people to create and innovate.” -- Jonathan Urbanski, Network Manager, Maine Township

“The rapid evolution of technology is changing the way we learn, work and educate. Students want the freedom to learn and study using the latest software or applications on any device, in the location where they feel most productive and inspired. Maine Township’s use of technology to empower new ways of working is an excellent example of how Citrix technology is helping to change education for students.” -- Nicole Nesrsta, Educational Vertical Solutions Marketing Manager, Citrix

Published Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:45 PM by David Marshall
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