Kentucky district selects streaming video provider

As iPads quickly replace traditional textbooks in many districts--and video-enabled whiteboards broadcast multimedia content and teacher lectures--school districts across the country are leveraging technologies that accelerate student learning, while simultaneously helping over-burdened teachers scale their lessons to many more students.

IP video technology provider VBrick Systems has partnered with several school districts to advance their educational technology, including Pulaski County School District in Kentucky. Like many school systems around the country, the Pulaski school district took a keen interest in IP video as an innovative communications medium.

With VBrick, Pulaski County Schools eliminated its expensive cable TV infrastructure and network, significantly decreasing its energy use and utility costs, while lowering maintenance costs. Pulaski determined that its VBrick deployment will cut an estimated $88,000 from energy and electric costs in the first year and $23,000 each year thereafter. Pulaski selected VBrick to provide IP video streaming technology to power live and on-demand video to every computer in each classroom. VBrick's encoders, combined with the VEMS Mystro(TM) video management system, provide high-impact educational video, allowing students to broadcast original content and streamline administrative tasks for individual schools and the district.

"Even as school districts experience round after round of budget cuts and dramatically reduced federal and state aid -- the use of video as a teaching solution is soaring," said John Shaw, chief operating officer, VBrick Systems. "The reason for this is simple: video has proven itself time and again as an incredibly powerful and efficient communications mechanism, and we are honored to play a central role in enhancing student learning at major districts around the country."