Central High School • Westosha School District • Located in Paddock Lake, WI
Number of Students: 1200
A strategic imperative for Central high school is to develop a comprehensive plan to address space and technology needs in support of an expanding student and adult curriculum. As part of this plan, a 1:1 program was put into place, starting with the 2012 freshman class. To enhance and improve student achievement, each freshman is required to bring a wireless device with a keyboard and N-rated wireless card to school every day. A direct challenge was the 300 devices for the incoming freshmen. Another challenge was how to support the students using these mobile devices while maintaining the security and reliability of the network infrastructure.
Since the 1:1 initiative required students to bring in their own device, the school needed to provide a safe one-to-one charging option for the students. Additionally, students were not allowed to bring devices with cameras into the locker room so a secure charging option was needed in the gymnasium area. Smith had been to an education trade show earlier in the year where she saw and liked the FUYL Cell charging technology from LocknCharge Technologies. She thought this might be just the technology needed for students to keep their computers charged for use in the classroom throughout the day.
The FUYL cell charging technology is keeping the mobile technology charged in a safe and secure environment. Nancy Switalla says the FUYL cell stations are used constantly, mostly charging laptops, iPad devices and Netbooks. “I never see a student just charging a phone.”
Smith says they are very proud of their program and that Central’s plan is to execute the program school-wide. “Having the technology to support the 1:1 initiative will allow us to move forward,” Smith says. “The FUYL Cell technology brings security for the kids and for us.”