Gestalt Community Schools, located in the heart of urban Memphis, has chosen Prey as its partner for device security in its rollout of MacBooks to all students. Over the last 2 years, administrators at each of their five, K-12 college-preparatory charter school, have gradually rolled out laptops, installing Prey on each device prior to putting them into students’ hands.
Since 2008, Gestalt Community School’s co-founders, Derwin Sisnett and Yetta Lewis, have made it their mission to empower students to become citizens who will be college-ready, career-ready and community-ready. Developing community leadership to help revitalize the neighborhoods where it operates its schools, Gestalt seeks to provide what is best for their students, as well as the community it serves. The results are seen in Power Center Academy (PCA), their first campus to open its doors, earning the honor of being named the highest performing middle school in the state after only three years.
Director of Information Technology for Gestalt Community Schools, Cole Conrad, comments, “Providing the best environment and resources for our students and surrounding communities, including technology, is what motivates us all at GCS. That was at the heart of our decision to implement the 1-1 MacBook initiative within our campuses.” He continues, “There are so many moving parts to consider when pushing an initiative like this, with safety and privacy among the most important. After evaluating a number of solutions, we chose Prey as our partner as we felt their solution was the best option to protect our technology and our students’ privacy.”
Prey, provider of cross-platform, anti-theft and device recovery, is being included in school district’s device management & security portfolios to protect their various tech initiatives. From MacBooks and iPads, PC’s and Window’s devices to Android and Linux platforms, Prey offers features like hardware scans, device history, geolocation, lock & delete passwords; as well as the ability to lock and delete passwords or to take screen shots & photos from a device camera once a device is reported missing.