Located in Elk Grove just south of sunny Sacramento, Elk Grove Unified School District [EGUSD] is the fifth largest district in the state of California. It’s made up of a whopping 64 schools, which serve more than 62,000 students. As of 2012, it had 15,000 computers on its network, most of which were being used in a computer lab setting.
As is evident by its hefty Education Technology Plan, Elk Grove Unified is committed to implementing educational technology in a strategic way. Because more and more students have access to mobile devices, the district decided that “rather than requiring students to leave their personal devices at the door to our classrooms, [we] will work towards creating avenues whereby these devices may be utilized in a safe and monitored manner on the district network.”
One avenue to achieve that goal is through implementing a Bring-Your-Own-Device [BYOD] strategy, which would be extremely difficult to do in such a massive district, especially if not every student has their own device. An easier avenue to achieve the goal is by providing students with what they have at home, at school: mobile devices. That’s precisely what the district decided to do.
In November 2013, Todd Barber, Desktop Support and Help Desk Manager at EGUSD, reached out to one of our Technical Sales Specialists, Doug Campbell, to learn about his options for charging carts. The district was looking to deploy 2,000 Chromebooks in the spring of 2014, and a total of 8,000 over the next two years.
To get a good idea of their choices, Barber’s team compared a number of charging carts. “First we compared on paper, and then we brought in our top three cart picks to examine in person at our facility,” Barber told me in an email.
Anthro was one of the team’s top three choices, so Campbell flew down to Sacramento to present the Chromebook Cart and the then-brand new Samsung Series 3 Cart.
Because the district hadn’t decided on a particular Chromebook device yet (Acer C720, Samsung Series 3 and HP Chromebook 11 were all in play), Campbell recommended that the district choose the Chromebook Charging Cart
, which offers more flexibility than the Samsung Series 3 Cart. If they decided to change devices in the future, from say the Samsung to the Acer, they could easily repurpose the cart for the new device.
“Both on paper and in person the Anthro cart was the clear winner,” Barber wrote. “The compact size, sturdy construction, and lighter weight were all key factors in choosing Anthro.”
Barber and his team also loved extra details about the cart: “I appreciate the option to use either the built-in keyed lock or our own padlock. Including the short power cords that go from outlet to the Chromebook power supplies is another thoughtful value add.”
Thanks to a lot of hard work, communication, and collaboration on the part of all stakeholders, the district ended up placing an order with one of our resellers for 91 Chromebook Charging Carts. “Doug is a great guy,” Barber said. “I have loved working with him. He’s always very responsive and I like that he touches base with me from time to time. Working with Anthro has been great.”
We’re proud to call Elk Grove Unified School District another happy Anthro customer!
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