Charter School Expands Computer Accessibility by 400% with Ericom AccessNow and Google Chromebooks
Ericom HTML5-Based Access Technology Helps Hapeville Charter Schools Deliver Browser-Based Access to Curriculum and Online Testing Applications including EOCT and CRCT
Closter, NJ, (June 10, 2014),– Ericom Software, a global leader in application access and desktop virtualization solutions, today announced that Hapeville Charter Schools has selected Ericom AccessNow to deliver access to computing resources and online learning management systems from Google Chromebooks and other mobile devices. By integrating AccessNow with Google Chromebooks, Hapeville gains a turn-key mobile solution that expands computer accessibility by 400 percent.
Located in South Atlanta, the public charter school has both a middle school and a high school with 1,200 students in grades six through 12. As a charter school, Hapeville's first priority is the performance of their students. Due to the influx of Web-based courseware and online testing requirements, teachers demanded more computing time, while Hapeville's IT department had to cope with inadequate space, budget constraints and an insufficient number of computer labs to accommodate the needs of its student base.
Justin Ross, IT Administrator at the Hapeville Charter Schools, explained: “We don't have enough room for everything in our building, especially the school's technology resources. With limited space and funds, we needed to find a creative solution for our high school students to optimize computer accessibility beyond the lab”.
After a brief but successful trial, Ross and his team deployed two hundred-plus Chromebooks and utilized AccessNow to facilitate browser-based access to desktops, applications and online curriculum, including End of Course Standardized Testing (EOCT) Criteria Reference Competency Tests (CRCT) and other Windows-based, Web based, as well as native Windows software.
According to Ross, AccessNow's HTML5 technology was superior to other solutions. “Ericom's reputation consistently stuck out during my research of RDP solutions for Chromebooks”, explained Ross. “As a clientless solution, AccessNow was easy to deploy and provides flexibility as well as centralized management and control, all which are important to me given our limited IT resource”s.
“The use of Chromebooks and Ericom AccessNow in schools creates new opportunities to teach, learn, extend the traditional classroom environment and optimize IT resources and budgets”, said Joshua Behar, President of Ericom Software. “Our HTML5 technology allows schools like Hapeville to do more with less and deliver an engaging educational experience”.
Ericom AccessNow benefits include:
- Allows students to access Windows-based and online learning management systems easily on Chromebooks and other mobile devices from standard Web browsers
- Cross-platform compatibility, enabling teachers and students to work on different devices and operating system
- Zero endpoint installation simplifies IT and help desk workload
- Adds flexibility to teaching and learning by giving students mobile access to desktops and applications from anywhere on campus, including outside of the computer lab
- Leverages existing IT infrastructure, enabling the school to do more with less, thus optimizing their computing resources
Looking ahead, Hapeville is considering several projects to expand the use of AccessNow. The first will allow teachers to access the county's student information system for attendance management. The other will further expand browser-based access to accommodate the needs of all students.
Learn more about Ericom's clientless, browser-based access solutions by visiting the Ericom website.