As education leaders press to stay progressive, change is the predominant theme for the 11 schools and 5500 students in the Andover, Kansas, public school district. Teachers want new ways to deliver instruction content, and assessment, while students would like to translate their personal, online, and social lives to the school seeting.
The district has already innovated in several areas of instruction and content delivery. It offers a virtual school that has doubled its student count, adding 5400 virtual students in 2013 alone.
- Andover’s blended education model leverages an online learning management system that gives students after-hours access to textbooks, content, and assistance.
- A Flipped Classroom initiative enables instruction via video and online content, which students access outside of regular school hours.
“We are a district that is open to taking risks to offer differentiated learning, so we are very progressive technologically,” says Rob Dickson, technology director for Andover Public Schools. “As curriculum adoption and student demand continue to transform the classroom, BYOD and one-to-one scenarios will become even more critical in advancing our blended learning and Flipped Classroom innovations, and paving the way for new education delivery models.”
Learning via Mobile Devices
Dickson has a Cisco wireless environment, supported by Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) and Cisco Prime Infrastructure. With those integrated capabilities, he feels confident in delivering learning experiences on student devices while maintaining high levels of security and control.
With only himself and one network administrator, it’s imperative that Dickson has the capabilities to create ongoing efficiency.
- With Cisco ISE and Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Dickson has wireless network visibility into density, number of users, and policy variance between teachers and students.
- The network changes logically as a result of Cisco ISE policy controls, and Cisco Prime Infrastructure offers a single pane of glass to manage the logical and physical networks in both wireless and wired environments.
“Ultimately, our district is student focused, so our end goal with technology is to enhance student learning and empower teachers,” says Dickson. “I’ve never had this level of security and this kind of control over the network, which puts the district in the position to innovate aggressively, keep pace with device adoption, and deliver high-quality services.”