When I started high school in the fall of 1993, the school I attended had two labs with approximately 60 computers that were a mix of old school PCs and Macintosh Classics. These computers were supposed to help students learn how to type but were mostly used for playing Oregon Trail.
Things have changed drastically for students entering high school in 2008, especially at St. Agnes Academy, a private all-girls Catholic school in Houston. Incoming freshman purchase a Fujitsu tablet PC that is to be used during their four years of instruction as a way to enhance their educational experience. The challenge the IT staff at St. Agnes faced was how they were going to manage, distribute and track software to the more than 800 student-owned computers.
Previously, teachers would have to distribute applications and e-books by handing out CDs on the first day of class, but this process was time-consuming and cut into instruction time. To overcome this problem, St. Agnes Academy turned to Altiris Software Virtualization Professional Edition (SVS Pro) by Symantec. SVS Pro allows software applications and e-books to be streamed on demand transparently to end users.
Since implementing SVS Pro, the IT staff has been able to almost seamlessly deliver software and e-books to end users and significantly improve service levels to students and teachers.
Click here to learn more about the benefits St. Agnes Academy has achieved using SVS Pro.