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Orange Unified School District [Success Story]

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Christine Rotsios (4th Grade Teacher, Anaheim Hills Elementary):

As a teacher, you want everybody to communicate. You want everybody to collaborate and problem solve. How can we reach outside the classroom? How do you do all these things and get the content that you need into these little kids?

There are multiple shots of the school including the walkways, the school crest, books, chemistry lab, and a little girl using a Tecra laptop.

Tam Nguyen (Director of IT Orange Unified School District):

Orange Unified is in Orange County, California. Our schools span about six cities, we have 40 school sites and we support 28,000 students. For years, we supported iPads, Chromebooks, PCs and when the pandemic came, we really needed to go remote learning. The idea of bringing in 16,000 student PCs, I thought it was impossible.

Students are using laptops at tables with clear plastic dividers and masks on. The outside of the school is shown. Tam Nguyen stands in a classroom.

Pete Kaczmarek (Channel Sales Manager Dynabook Americas):

Orange Unified came to Dynabook. We were able to work with them and supply about 16,000 devices within 60 days. Once they got the devices, we worked closely with Microsoft and with Dynabook engineers utilizing Intune and Autopilot made a very seamless transition with minimal IT Support and IT touch.

There is a close up of a dynabook and the Tecra logo. Pete Kaczmarek stands outside of the school.

Phil Osako (VP of Marketing & Engineering Dynabook Americas):

We also learned that a big need is great communications in a virtual environment so when students are learning remotely you want to be sure that they're engaged and immersed in the curriculum that the teachers are teaching. So being able to have things like noise canceling microphones and high quality webcams became very very important for our laptops.

A teacher stands at the front of the classroom and draws on a tablet. Her writing is projected onto the large display for the student to see. Phil Osako sits on the benches outside of the school.

Jordan Chrysafidis (GM WW Education Device Sales Microsoft):

From a Microsoft perspective, we're always thinking about the student outcome, how do we drive a great learning experience? There were really two technologies that came to the forefront. The first one was Autopilot. This allowed Dynabook to configure the devices on the manufacturing line. So when the devices arrived in the hands of the student, they were ready to go. And then with Intune, it's our cloud management platform. This allows the IT Administrator to add applications, add students to the directory, some unique technologies here that really allowed us to accelerate that deployment for OUSD.

A teacher walks around the classroom to help students. The teacher and students are all wearing masks and there are plastic dividers. Jordan Chysafidis is interviewed in the lobby.

Addison Winterswyk (4th Grade Student, Anaheim Hills Elementary):

I like to read in class. We actually just started doing art again which is just nice. Well I like that on there, just like a bunch of different apps on it and I liked the drawing one. Like it's a lot of fun I guess. I just like exploring the computer.

A student walks across the classroom holding a stack of books. Addison Winterswyk is interviewed in the school library about the dynabooks. She types on the computer.

David Lane (User Support Manager Orange Unified School District):

We're learning a lot more from the kids in terms of how to better help not only them in the classroom with the teachers and you find out how the student have decided to use these tools and how they've gotten really creative with either virtual collaboration to build their yearbook or make videos or Minecraft graduations. And we've had teachers that have taken some of the ideas from students and actually start turning that into curriculum.

David Lane types on the dynabook and picks up his phone to take a call. He stands in the school hallway and discusses the process of integrating the dynabooks. Students work on the dynabooks in a classroom.

Christine Rotsios:

We write all day on our devices, we do all of our tests using a device. They're even taking notes using their graphic organizers. Technology has really helped with the collaboration and the communication. They'll be ready to interact outside of this school using that digital platform.

Christine Rotsios walks over to a student sitting at a table. She sits in the library and discusses the dynabooks’ impact. A student puts her dynabook away on the computer rack.

Jordan Chrysafidis:

What we're seeing going forward is a real reimagining of what education can be. Really tailoring the strength of the education institution to what the needs are. Improving that student outcomes in a tailored way, that's making all the difference.

There is a close up of Jordan Chrysafidis and then of the dynabook Portege series.

Phil Osako:

There's no going back. We're going to utilize these online platforms as though it's second nature to us both for the teachers and the students, and that technology is going to be a force multiplier for education in the future.

Phil Osako stands in a classroom. Christine Rotsios uses the dynabook in her classroom. Addison Winterswyk is wearing a mask and is using the dynabook.