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K-12 Sector Turns to Absolute for Successful Remote Learning Programs

By: Surita Bains | 7/9/2020 | 4 min read

As school districts across the United States plan for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year in the midst of the continuing global COVID-19 outbreak, many will continue to focus on remote learning to a large extent for the foreseeable future given the challenges associated with safely reopening. In this current landscape, Absolute has highlighted three educational institutions that serve as leading examples of successful implementation of post-COVID distance learning:

  • Anaheim Union High School District
  • Duarte Unified School District
  • Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

A recent initiative of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA), and Funds for Learning (FFL) proposes US Congress provide additional technology and other funding for schools that are facing such a daunting task. In the meantime though, schools are looking to their peers for guideposts on how to ensure devices and learning resources are accessible to every student and protected with reliable security controls.

To help educational institutions monitor and manage their remote learning programs, Absolute provides administrators and educators with an undeletable tether to school-owned devices. This support has enabled many schools  to continue successfully educating their students, here are three of their stories:

PA Cyber Charter School
, one of the largest, most experienced online K-12 public schools in the nation, selected the Absolute Control® solution for unbreakable visibility and control over their fleet of 15,000 devices. They also use Absolute’s Application Persistence™ service to ensure an always-on, two-way connection to their IT management solution, Kaseya®, which they use to remotely push out security patches, new applications and scripts.

“Our equipment goes into households that range from folks who are not technologically savvy, all the way to folks who are literally rocket scientists,” said Dean Phillips, Director of Technology at PA Cyber Charter School. “They all love our technology, right down to the pre-loaded software. Thankfully, with the right technology resources in place, including Absolute, we can ensure an exceptional, seamless remote learning experience.”

When COVID-19 forced Anaheim Union High School District to send devices home with students to support remote learning, the school board wanted details on the location and health of every device. With Absolute’s unbreakable digital tether and an always-on, two-way connection to each device being checked out, the district is able to track how many students they are serving with technology and remotely manage their entire fleet of more than 30,000 devices, even after those devices have left the school network.

Duarte Unified School District (USD) needed to ensure their students had access to devices and online curriculum, and that their teachers had visibility into student engagement and where gaps in connectivity may exist. They are leveraging Absolute Web Usage, which allows administrators to measure how engaged their students are with online curriculum and gain detailed insights into which learning resources are underused. The tool also highlights risky websites with potential Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance violations, ensuring Duarte USD administrators can protect the safety of their students online.

“These K-12 institutions all serve as leading examples of how to stand up and measure remote learning programs,” said Christy Wyatt, President and CEO at Absolute. “We are honored to be providing education IT and security teams with the Endpoint Resilience and security required for effective remote learning programs as they plan for the fall.”

Absolute will host a virtual Peer Advice Forum  discussion with Eric Ramos, Chief Technology Officer of Duarte USD on July 14, 2020 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET, where he  will share key learnings and best practices from his  experience with the rapid transition to distance learning, to be followed by a live Q&A. If interested in attending the live webinar, you are invited to register here.