Back Office Business
Go Virtual and Save Energy
Challenge: Leaders at California’s Woodland Joint Unified School
District needed to save money as much as they needed to upgrade
Solution: By replacing 300 aging PCs in five computer labs with
virtualized desktops from Pano Logic, the district brought energy
consumption down from $50 to $5 per year to power each PC. “We
needed a solution that required less maintenance, consumed less
energy, and improved productivity of our IT staff. Pano Logic has
delivered,” says Joshua Koch, director of technology in the district.
Diablo (CA) Unified
wanted to reduce its electricity costs.
Save Money Through
Solution: The district partnered with SunPower Corp. to install 51 solar power systems for district
schools and facilities by the end of this year, which will reduce the district’s electricity costs by more than
$3 million per year. SunPower is installing systems on rooftops, parking lots, and hard court areas. The
company is also providing learning materials to enhance next year’s STEM curriculum.
Challenge: Falls Church (VA) Public Schools
wanted to respond to parents’ requests to stop
completing the same forms every year.
Replace Paper with
Solution: The district’s IT department searched for a more efficient way to collect student and family
information. They turned to infosnap, which developed a web-based enrollment, registration, and online
forms module, resulting in tons of money saved.
Challenge: St. Richard Elementary School in
Canada was on a mission to save paper, reduce
costs, and transform the school into a 21st-century
Solution: The school turned to Improv Electronics’
Boogie Board eWriters, which students used instead
of paper to complete activities, tests, essays, and more.
“Substituting paper with Boogie Board eWriters
for nearly every writing or drawing activity in our
classrooms resulted in a whopping 40-percent
reduction in paper consumption and photocopy costs,”
says Jeff Fillion, St. Richard’s principal.
Challenge: After four
years, the one-to-one
laptop program at
the Oakland Science of Arts School in California
became too costly to continue. The school was
determined to fulfill its goal of providing computing
resources to students 24 hours a day.
Solution: David Smith, the director of
technology, moved to NComputing’s desktop
virtualization model. Now he’s seen a 60-percent
reduction in the amount of time spent on
maintenance and costs for equipment and
upkeep. “The experience for the students has been
effortless,” says Smith, who can now expand his
classroom involvement and spend more time on