Teachers at Coomera Anglican College use technology to support student learning both in technology-related subjects and to enhance engagement across traditional subjects. All classrooms are fitted with large, high-resolution, interactive audio-visual displays – while students use a range of general computing devices including laptops, iPads, desktops and wall-mounted touch screen devices.
Teachers are also supported by modern technology infrastructure and specialised technologies such as robots, digital project kits, augmented reality equipment and The Pod – a unique primary school building enriching the learning experience by immersing students in a 360-degree image projection space called the Imaginarium.
The College’s IT infrastructure was under pressure, two years behind where it needed to be and on the verge of costly downtime. The College’s IT team conducted an audit to identify system weaknesses to help bring infrastructure up to speed.
While the College had not experienced any significant IT issues, there was an increasing risk to critical systems, including data servers and internet. Any failure or disruption would have a significant impact to the 1500 students and over 200 staff who rely on the College’s IT infrastructure.
With ambitious technology plans for the future, the core focus of the IT team was to modernise IT infrastructure – ensuring a seamless classroom experience and increasing the ability to manage IT remotely.
IT partner Panther Data, an IT services provider reached out to the College to discuss the need for a new Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to back-up critical systems. A series of site visits and hardware audits revealed that the College needed a reliable system that would align with its sustainability and energy efficiency plans.
The chosen UPS needed to provide clean power to servers in a blackout, allow enough time to back-up files and shut down equipment during extended outages.
Maritsa Pavone, Business Development Manager at Panther Data said a decision was made to propose Eaton’s range of solutions, which were the right fit for the College.
“Power quality is an area we feel is critical in any environment especially in education, where digital learning technologies are so prevalent that teaching staff and students cannot afford any disruption.”
The conversation evolved from traditional UPS to other ways Panther Data and Eaton could help the College conserve power. With IT infrastructure hosted in suboptimal conditions, Eaton designed a fully integrated Micro Data Centre solution to enhance physical security and provide robust environmental controls. With in-built air conditioning, the system could be remotely managed, isolate individual power supplies and provide issue alerts and warning – making it the right fit to solve underlying issues whilst maximising network up-time.
Darryl Hall, IT Services Manager at the College said: “The Micro Data Centre is a unique product that you don’t see much in the education space but through this hands-on demonstration we could see its full value and how it would help us achieve cost savings by optimising our air-conditioning alone.”
With over 1000 personal devices on campus, the College has future proofed its IT infrastructure to offer a seamless educational experience for students and teachers.
So much to do, so little time. It is a trite phrase, but when I found myself as the only DigiTech teacher in the school, it suddenly gained a lot more meaning.
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