Eanes School District in Austin, Texas, is another K-12 that has seen the benefits of using mobile devices to deliver a rich learning experience to students. The district has expanded its 1:1 iPad initiative to all students at its high school, as well as selected grade levels in middle and elementary schools.“We had a few small pilots with the iPads first, but quickly came to the consensus that these devices could really revolutionize our learning environment,” said Kevin Schwartz, director of technology services, Eanes School District. “The most important thing that the tablets do for a student is to give them a one-to-one interaction in which they can access a wealth of educational applications and engage in project-based learning. We’ve been able to move forward with this initiative, in large part, because of our Aruba wireless LAN – both its reliability in providing access for these devices and because of its unique ability to handle Apple devices. Aruba wireless has also enabled us to decrease our investment in wired equipment so we could direct those funds to getting iPads in our students’ hands.” Waverly Shell Rock, a K-12 district in suburban Iowa, has also seen tremendous benefits from its 1:1 iPad initiative, which has put iPads in the hands of nearly 1,600 students to date. Bridgette Wagoner, director of educational services for Waverly Shell Rock, says that while teachers in their district had already begun to move away from traditional textbooks, the combination of their Aruba wireless LAN and the iPad initiative allowed the district to make a significant transition to digital learning. “The technology we’ve deployed has really had a transformational effect on our teachers and students,” Wagoner said. “Many of our teachers have moved from simply digitizing what they’ve always done in the classroom to exploring new ways of teaching that are more collaborative and interactive. And for our students, with an iPad for everyone, we’ve really leveled the playing field so that everyone has an equal opportunity for the same advanced learning experience.”
Wagoner also noted that the iPad initiative has helped erase the disparity between the technology students and teachers use at home and what they use in the learning environment. In the CDW-G 2011 21 st -Century Classroom Report, CDW-G reported that 94 percent of high school students already use technology to study or work on homework assignments and the same high percentage believe that technology skills will improve both their educational and career opportunities. School districts like Waverly Shell Rock are recognizing the value of ensuring that these tech-savvy students have access to the same tools in the classroom that they do at home.“K-12 districts understand the significant impact that mobile devices and instant access to learning resources and applications can have on their teachers, classrooms and most of all, students,” said Gerard Festa, director of vertical solutions, Aruba Networks. “Because of this, the wireless network has become mission critical and districts are increasingly turning to Aruba. We’re excited about the tremendous opportunities we are seeing and about our work to help K-12 districts achieve their goals.” About Aruba Networks, Inc. Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. © 2012 Aruba Networks, Inc. Aruba Networks’ trademarks include the design mark for AirWave, Aruba Networks ® , Aruba Wireless Networks ® , the registered Aruba the Mobile Edge Company logo, the registered AirWave logo, Aruba Mobility Management System ® , Mobile Edge Architecture ® , People Move. Networks Must Follow ® , RFProtect ® , Green Island ® . All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.