Tibshelf Community School in Derbyshire has gone live with a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that enables anytime, anywhere learning in school and at home.
The infrastructure also supports bring your own device (BYOD), providing staff and students access to the network on any approved gadget. Windows 8.1 has also been standardised across all school PC technology.
The school has deployed whiteboards and touch screen technology in every classroom, providing real time interaction between pupils, teachers and lesson content.
The technology used by the school includes over 250 notebooks, 75 touch screen Lenovo Ultrabooks for teachers, 16 iMacs within the media suite and 80 iPads for use in any classroom set-up, as well as an interactive white board in every classroom (over 40).
Unified Microsoft 8.1 across multiple platforms also supports an active BYOD scheme that enables staff and students’ access to the network on any device and in any location.
Brian Fischer, assistant headteacher at Tibshelf, said: “For us, it was all about the infrastructure. We had a vision of a single consistent user experience, delivered anytime and anywhere regardless of device."
Tibshelf is an early adopter of Microsoft’s Student Advantage programme, and will be giving all pupils within the school and up to five members of their family, a free copy of Office 365 ProPlus to use on both BYOD devices and those used in the home.
The school went to IT services firm Stone Group to deliver the architecture. Core infrastructure/networking includes high performance Category 6 cabling throughout the school, 10Gbps fibre connectivity, HP Procurve switching, and a Meraki cloud-managed WiFi network.
There are also seven servers optimised for virtualisation, which are supported by Huawei OceanStor S5500T storage.