Valdosta Daily Times

April 2, 2014

Valdosta City Schools recognized for leading-edge technology in classroom

The Valdosta Daily Times

SAN JOSE, Calif — Extreme Networks, Inc. recognized Valdosta City Schools as a recipient of the Extreme Exemplary School Award.

The winners are chosen based on their educational commitment to implementing a personalized 21st century learning environment and embody the best in American education by striving to engage today’s digital students through creating an individualized 24/7 mobile learning environment.

Valdosta City Schools has advanced learning in its district with several innovative digital initiatives.

The Exemplary School Award is presented to schools that meet the following criteria:

• Stimulate 24/7 Learning: To meet the demands of today’s competitive global economy, schools must create lifetime learners. To promote this concept and qualify for the Enterasys Exemplary School Award, a school must institute a 1:1 or BYOD mobile learning environment.

• Facilitate Individual Instruction: Learning is not a one-size-fits-all environment. Networks and resources must be individualized to permit secure per-user, per-device policies to allow every student to individually learn and excel.

• Encourage Curricular Growth: To meet the demands of curricular change, a district must implement an infrastructure that readily adapts to curricular needs. Everyone learns differently, and the network must be prepared to meet the growing requirements of eBooks, streaming video and blended or flipped learning.

“We care very deeply about education at Extreme Networks because of its importance to our community and the entire country,” said Bob Nilsson, director of solutions marketing at Extreme Networks. “For this reason, we are delighted to call attention to Valdosta City Schools as an example of the impact that well-implemented educational technology can have on student learning and motivation.”