The Manchester School District, which serves over 12,500 K–12 students in New Hampshire, approached Pro AV Systems to discuss solutions for the district-wide implementation of interactive technology.
That wasn’t the first time the school district had worked with Pro AV Systems. The year before, Pro AV Systems had installed displays for one of Manchester’s schools. “The Pro AV team was responsive, courteous, and knowledgeable of their products, which really helped us hit the ground running,” notes Stephen Cross, CIO and cybersecurity officer for the Manchester School District.
The top priorities for the school district were to select a technology that could easily be used by teachers of all grade levels and that enabled administrators to centrally monitor all technology in the district without having to touch each asset individually.
In the first phase of the project, Pro AV Systems was presented with a list of vetted technology solutions and asked to give an expert opinion on the pros and cons of each one. Candidates included BrightLink interactive projectors, Promethean interactive displays, and Clear Touch displays, among many others. After several months of analysis, teacher feedback, and trial and error, the district selected Clear Touch displays as the technology of choice.
The second phase of the project was to deploy 650 Clear Touch displays across 21 schools in the district. The installed displays needed to have a similar look, feel, and operation for each teacher. In addition, teachers needed to be trained so that they could make full use of the technology to enhance the learning environment via features like wireless casting, cloud storage, widgets, and other interactive components.
Our team at Pro AV Systems worked closely with Manchester Schools and Clear Touch to meet the demands of the project. After helping the district select the best technology for its needs, the installation team and project management staff at Pro AV Systems shifted their focus to delivering all 650 displays in just 45 days. The displays were installed on identical stands and configured to show the same applications, menus, and options.
After installing the displays, Pro AV Systems and Clear Touch jointly developed and delivered a three-day on-site “Train the Trainer” certification workshop at each school. The district also has access to ongoing virtual support and free on-demand training resources.
An important aspect of the technology is that it’s flexible enough to grow with the needs of the district. As far as what’s next, Cross explains, “We are working on an emergency response system that will eventually integrate with the Clear Touch command center so that emergency notifications will be sent out as part of the district’s emergency response system.”