“The pandemic very quickly shifted us to a virtual model, pretty much overnight. We wanted to provide a learning environment for our virtual students that mirrored the experience of our in-person students. We didn’t want our families to feel that they needed to sacrifice the quality of their child’s education in exchange for their safety.” —- Dr. Tamara Willis - Superintendent, Susquehanna Township School District
After sitting down with Dr. Willis and Susquehanna’s IT Director, Justin Green, the solution landed on the HP Elite Slice G2 with Microsoft Teams Room, with various attached AV peripherals, such as a “teacher camera” (180 degree visual of front-of-room), a “content camera” (allows whiteboard content to translucently display through the teacher for the student viewer at home), a one-touch touchscreen controller, and recording technologies so the student can watch the content later at home if needed, among other technologies.
“It wasn’t as cookie cutter as some of the other solutions (in the market)… which allowed us to become more creative and pick and choose the technology that we wanted to integrate with the HP solution,” Green noted. “We have done a fantastic job of providing them an experience that, as closely as possible, resembles the physical experience. So I’d certainly recommend this solution to other schools looking to implement virtual learning, and providing the best education possible for their students,” says Green.
But while this technology is a new solution for Susquehanna Township School District, the HP Elite Slice G2 with Microsoft Teams Room technology has already proven to be a strong solution for business as they convert employees to remote working in the new era of online collaboration. And Susquehanna students are getting a first-hand, real-world look at how their skills today may translate into future workplaces.
“Our students are using it now K-12. So imagine a kindergartner using technology that is actually being used in the work place. I think that it’s going to place them at an advantage, because they’ll know how to use it seamlessly,” notes Willis.
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