Loogootee Jr./Sr. High School Wins Thin Client @ School Contest with Innovative Deployment for Career Enhancement
Thin Clients Ideal for Improving Curricula and Providing Affordable Internet Access to K-12 Schools
Santa Clara, CA --
Demonstrating an innovative use of thin-client technology to better prepare students for college and career choices, Loogootee Junior/Senior High School in Loogootee, Indiana, won the Thin Client @ School™ Contest co-sponsored by thin-client technology leaders National Semiconductor (NYSE: NSM), Wyse Technology and Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS). Competing against more than 100 schools and school districts nationwide, Loogootee (pronounced: lo'go'te) developed the most comprehensive technology deployment plan to meet the curriculum needs of teachers, students and the community. The contest rewards K-12 schools for creative deployment of easy-to-use, affordable and reliable thin-client technology.
"We are thrilled to take home the first Thin Client @ School Award. With thin-client technology, our vision of improving our students' career skills and expanding our career center to reach out to the community have become a reality, " said John Canfield, principal of Loogootee Jr./Sr. High School. "Thin-client technology will help us expand access to essential software tools and Internet resources to benefit our students, educators and the community."
A ready-to-deploy thin-client package, the Thin Client @ School Award includes 30 Wyse Winterm 3730LE Windows-based terminals, Citrix MetaFrame application server software for 70 concurrent users, technical training as well as a complementary Global Connections Internet training course.
In its award-winning proposal, Loogootee Jr./Sr. High School, located 85 miles southwest of Indianapolis, outlined an ambitious plan to use thin clients to transform its current career center into a fully accessible and highly functional Career Futures eCenter in partnership with a local university. Available to all students, educators, parents and people in the community, the new eCenter will enhance the school's ability to provide information regarding interest surveys, career choices and post-secondary educational opportunities via thin-client/server-based computing applications. According to the school, each high school student will be required to use the center and its resources to make informed career and continuing education decisions.
Like most K-12 schools in the country, Loogootee Jr./Sr. High School faced a common dilemma of a limited budget and pressure to integrate technology into learning. A centralized and standardized means of delivering educational tools and Web-based information will enable the school to accomplish critical missions efficiently and cost effectively, said Canfield. In addition to the new eCenter, thin clients in teacher lounges and Global Connections training will facilitate improved use of technology in the classroom. Loogootee plans to use Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer with connections to online programs such as Embark.
"Loogootee Jr./Sr. High School offers an innovative plan for how a school can use thin-client technology to achieve their educational goals cost effectively," said Karen Greenwood, Thin Client @ School program manager for National Semiconductor. "Thin-client technology makes widespread access to information and applications a reality for schools. In terms of ease-of-use, affordability, reliability and security in a school setting, thin clients are superior to traditional desktop computers and laptops."
Loogootee's proposal received the highest scores from the panel of judges that evaluated the contest. The panel praised Loogootee's readiness to implement an original curriculum plan that will lead the school in technology integration and innovation.
A thin client is a desktop appliance with no hard drive, floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, or other moving components. The idea behind thin-client computing is simple: computing power, storage, applications and data are centralized on the server, providing users with a cost-effective "client" device that is easy to install while all maintenance and updates are handled from the server.
About Loogootee Junior/Senior High School
Loogootee Jr./Sr. High School started implementing a district-wide technology program in 1994. Since then, the school has steadily integrated technology into their curriculum to train staff members to apply technology in the classroom. The district has a 100mb switched network to support more than 250 computers. Located on State Route 50 in southwestern Indiana, Loogootee is a rural community, 2 hours northwest of Louisville, Kentucky.
About Wyse Technology
Wyse Technology is the worldwide leader in thin-client devices, and is driving the Post-PC Era for business. Wyse's Winterm line of business appliances is changing the desktop landscape by helping people communicate and access information affordably, regardless of where it resides. Through its channel of Authorized Winterm Partners and well-known original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) labels worldwide, Wyse has helped CIOs worldwide reduce the costs and complexity of modern IT infrastructures by eliminating the reliance on personal computers as the only desktop device for business. The company maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, with offices worldwide. For more information, visit the Wyse Web at www.wyse.com
or call 1-800-GET-WYSE.
About Citrix Systems
Citrix Systems, Inc. is a global leader in application server software and services that offer "Digital Independence" - the ability to run any application on any device over any connection, wireless to Web. Citrix' solutions enable organizations of all types, from major enterprises to emerging application service providers (ASPs), to reach more users, with more applications, in more locations - and achieve this with greater speed and predictability, and lower costs. Citrix offerings, including MetaFrame? application server software, Nfuse™ application portal software, and Independent Computing Architecture (ICA), a core application-server technology, have been widely adopted by the corporate mainstream to achieve key business goals. The firm, which markets its solutions through value-added resellers, system integrators and OEM licensees, is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Citrix is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market(SM) under the symbol CTXS and is part of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For more information, please visit the Citrix Web site at www.citrix.com
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display, imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for fiscal year 2001 and employs about 9,700 people worldwide.