Blessed Sacrament Catholic School received funding last fall from the Archdiocese of Denver to do a pilot 1-to-1 iPad program in their middle school.
JP Schwartz worked with Greg Kruthaupt’s team headed on the technical side by Charlie Dorchester to enable use of the 80 iPads in this program. Our focus was a new Ruckus Wireless network, some cabling and switch upgrades, a wireless bridge between buildings, printing and a new Fortinet firewall. Using an explicit proxy setting on the firewall, we were able to protect the children from inappropriate web sites, even when the devices were taken home.
Greg’s team took care of everything else. They did a great job on the policy, training, configuration of the iPads, making application choices, and working with parents and students.
Today was a real joy to watch the teachers and students present some of what they accomplished in just a half school year of use. The end result was a great experience that was shared with the rest of the Archdiocese schools. I was impressed as they clearly enhanced learning for the students in a very short time while mixing new technology with their strong Faith based values. Of course, the entire presentation was done with a smart board, Apple TV, and the iPads.
We can hardly wait to see how the second year expands on this success.