Case Studies

Penn Hills School District Increases Efficiencies with a Technology Makeover

Penn Hills School District Increases Efficiencies with a Technology Makeover

Business Environment Challenges
Penn Hills School District is a mid-sized, K-12 public school district located in Pittsburgh, serving the community of Penn Hills. The school had seen a major decline in enrollment over the past 10 years mostly due to socioeconomic factors and a shifting demographic. Students were choosing to go to one of many Charter schools in the area rather than stay within the Penn Hills School district. This was costing the school upwards of three million dollars annually.


When the pandemic hit and schools went virtual, the school realized they had to come up with a technology solution that created a hybrid learning environment so that both the students and teachers would be able to feel that they were all together, whether they are in the classroom or learning at home. Teachers were frustrated because of outdated technology such as antiquated projectors and laptops. They wanted to just go into the classroom and teach, not spend all of their time setting up equipment.

 

Organization
Penn Hills School District

Dealer
The Wilson Group

Technology Integrator
Xycom Technology Group

Challenges

  • Needed a solution that created a hybrid learning environment where both teachers and students felt as though they were together.
  • Outdated technology.
  • Teachers did not want to feel like IT managers. They wanted a simple solution.

Solutions

  • (60) 70" AQUOS BOARD interactive displays
  • (30) 15" Dynabook laptops with docking station
  • Microsoft Teams

Results

  • Collaborative environment where all students, regardless of location, learn simultaneously
  • Upgraded technology
  • Teachers are able to plug in with one cord and begin their lessons immediately