Goose Creek CISD faced two daily challenges common for many schools.
First they needed to communicate upcoming activities and school information to students. However their traditional PA morning announcements were no longer effective. Student interest in announcements were low and the announcements interrupted instructional time. To remedy this, Goose Creek CISD decided to move to video based morning announcements. But now the challenge was finding a cost-effective solution to distribute announcements to the classroom which would also allow their teachers more flexibility and less interruptions to instructional time.
Secondly, they wanted a way to distribute regular TV to the classrooms. While TV distribution over dedicated cable network used to be popular several years ago, high cost of implementation and maintenance has resulted in most new campuses being built without cable drops. Comparatively, investment in high speed WiFi and connected devices (smart-boards, projectors, student devices) was increasing. The school district was looking for a way to utilize these new investments to get TV to the classroom.
Goose Creek distributed 30 mobile announcement stations among their campuses.
Each cart is equipped with a camera (mounted on a tripod), a workstation and a SnapStream encoder. The encoder connects to the WiFi network, enabling the teachers/students to take the carts anywhere on campus.
Each cart is also equipped with a DVD player, which is also connected to the encoder. This allows teachers to stream DVDs.
Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) located in Baytown, Texas is a fast growing school district with 28 campuses and 1400 teachers, serving over 23,200 students. Goose Creek CISD is dedicated to fulfilling their vision to empower every student with knowledge and skills to succeed in a global community. Part of that responsibility falls on Steve Koester, Director of Educational Technology, and his team
of educational technology specialists responsible for the technology training and implementation of innovative technology solutions in K-12 classrooms.