Mar

282016

Shelton Public Schools Saves Two Million Dollars Using Citrix Technology

Shelton Gives All Students Equal Access to Devices and Apps From Home or School Regardless of Socioeconomic Background

Gotham Technology Group, LLC, US - Citrix Partner Innovation Award Finalist

One of the most influential trends in education today is differentiated learning, whereby educators provide students with different pathways to learning in the same classroom. Shelton Public Schools, a K-12 school district in Western Connecticut, has addressed this trend by using Citrix technology to support the Google Chromebox computers that mount on the back of a monitor and retail for less than $200 - a fraction of the nearly $500 per device Shelton Public Schools would have had to spend on desktop computers for its classroom learning centers.  By working with strategic IT consultant Gotham Technology Group to implement significant upgrades to the school’s equipment, Shelton Public Schools has saved a staggering two million dollars in technology costs over the past 10 years, and will continue to save $120,000 a year in capital investments. In a district serving students of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, all students now have access through Citrix XenApp to Chromebooks and all of the same apps – such as Google Apps for Education and the latest Windows-based applications – whether they’re in school or at home and regardless of device.

Shelton Public Schools’ decision to also purchase 600 Chromebook devices for approximately $200 each represents a significant savings in hardware; regular laptops can cost as much as $1,000 each and need to be refreshed every five years. Teachers are now able to work collaboratively on creating curricula without having to coordinate onsite meetings or be issued costly laptops, resulting in a cost avoidance of more than $150,000 in laptop expenses. Since teachers are no longer required to stay onsite to collaborate on curricula – an activity that requires bringing in substitute teachers – the district saves almost $50,000 a year in overhead costs.  

We’ve seen an absolute increase in performance with Citrix technology. Student interest has really, really grown. I feel like we are really preparing them for where they’re heading in college. Also, not only am I more efficient in the time that it takes me to grade or the time it takes me to review projects, but I’m also more efficient in some of the lessons that I can plan.
- Eric Wolf

Science Teacher

Shelton Intermediate School

It’s now affordable for us to put five lab computers in the back of every classroom, when we could’ve only afforded two in the past. For a class with 20 students, that means one-quarter of them can receive differentiated instruction at any given time.
- Tina Henckel

Assistant Director of STEM and Data Management

Shelton Public Schools

Although we can’t replace equipment as quickly as we want to, we can use Citrix to help lengthen the life span of the equipment, simply by really using the older devices as a vehicle with Citrix to provide the latest Windows-based desktop for them.
- Daniel DiVito

Director of Technology

Shelton Public Schools

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