School District Takes ShoreTel Technology on the Road
ShoreTel has helped enable one of the first mobile training facilities for teachers in nation: The Scottsdale Unified School District’s eCoach, a first of its kind mobile learning and technology training tech bus.
“The eCoach will also be used to allow students to have access to technology that they may not have at home and it will help educate parents and community members about the types of technology that students and teachers are using. We are extremely grateful to be working with a company like ShoreTel who helped make our vision a reality with equipment that is so easy to implement.”
- David J. Peterson, Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent.
Hundreds of school districts nationally have deployed ShoreTel to enhance communication while reducing costs. The Scottsdale Unified School District has taken this one step further, converting an old bus into a modern mobile classroom to train teachers on all the latest technology tools and gadgets before they hit the classroom.
Living up to ShoreTel’s mantra of brilliantly simple, the unified communication solution is flexible enough to easily be deployed and used on a school bus. The district’s new eCoach program uses communications technology from ShoreTel that delivers a full suite of versatile tools for managing real-time communications allowing computers and phone systems to seamlessly handle voice, video, or IM as needed. This initiative will save the district time, travel expenses and offers an intimate way for teachers to easily gain the skills they need to become better educators.
The technology installed in eCoach is designed to replicate what is in the classrooms, including a ShoreTel business phone system with integrated unified communications. As the technology needs change, the eCoach will be updated with the latest hardware and software releases, which will allow staff and teachers to learn about them before they are implemented in the classrooms and schools.
The Scottsdale Unified School District has 33 schools currently in process of implementing an on-premise ShoreTel business VoIP phone system, serving about 26,000 students. The district employs more than 3,000 people, including about 1,700 teachers. Its boundaries include most, but not all, of the city of Scottsdale, almost all of the town of Paradise Valley, a section of the city of Phoenix and a section of the city of Tempe.
“It is amazing the learning tools available to students today. The school district’s motto of ‘Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day’ is truly demonstrated by the technology being put into the classrooms within Scottsdale USD. The ingenuity and vision behind the eCoach is commendable and ShoreTel is delighted to be part of it.”
- Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer at ShoreTel.