DeerPark,NY (February10, 2012) In 2010 the Deer Park School District(“District”), located in Suffolk County, New York, implemented a one-to-one MacBook mobile solution for its fifth-grade classes at JFK Intermediate School (“JFK”). The program was repeated in fall 2011. The Deer Park Public Library (“Library”) is located directly across the street from JFK, providing a nearby workplace for students after school and on weekends.
The District and Library both use Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. (“Custom”), a Hauppauge New York based IT provider, for managed services and on-site technology support. The technology staff at the Library and JFK saw an opportunity to expand the one-to-one program to an additional secure learning environment. The team leveraged security access policies over the network, protecting laptop and network integrity while allowing students to print and have immediate access to databases, research tools and online help centers at the Library.
This enabling environment encourages students to work on their laptops. Gail Pepa, Library Director,is aware of additional benefits. When students login, they are directed to the Library web page,where they find a number of database resources. “Students are taking advantage of more in the Library,”Gail explained. The experience has made the library a hub for after-hours homework help and group projects.
Andrew Choi, District Technology Director, and Susan Bonner, JFK Principal, look forward to continued success as the program moves forward, which they attribute to a true collaboration between the District, Library and Custom.“At no point since I have been here has anybody said no we can’t make this happen,”Andrew concluded. “It’s been about the students. Giving them what they need.”