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Gulf Shores City Schools

Gulf Shores City Schools

MDM on The Road Episode: Gulf Shores City Schools

Video Transcript

Fredy Padovan, Ed.D. - VP, Education - Mosyle
This special episode of MDM on the Road focuses on what many people believe is the most time consuming part of a technology initiative: deployment & enrollment. We partnered with Gulf Shores City Schools in Alabama who took up the challenge with us to see how many MacBooks could be deployed and enrolled in under 2 hours.

Dr. Matt Akin - Superintendent of Schools
Gulf Shores City Schools
As we started at looking at deploying 1000 MacBooks basically, 900 MacBooks in our high school, in the middle of the year, that’s not the normal way to do it. So we were looking for a partner that could help us make it happen. I’d like to say we stumbled upon Mosyle but we didn’t, they came highly recommended. As we talked to Mosyle about what we were trying to do we really found out that they are an innovative company who is committed to doing things the right way and not necessarily the way it's always been done. I’ve been involved with many deployments and usually it's very time consuming, it’s almost all summer long that it takes to prepare, we didn’t have all summer long. So as we discussed with Mosyle and saw what their solution was we were in awe that we were going to be able to deploy 900 MacBooks in not just a day but in a matter of hours.

Fredy Padovan, Ed.D. - VP, Education - Mosyle
Several planning sessions were done in the couple of months leading up to deployment day and in the early stages it became clear that Gulf Shores was confident that they could involve the entire school community to make sure this could be done in record time. Laptops were dropped off to classrooms the day prior and a list was shared with teachers for the few students that did not return their Chromebook or signed the MacBook agreement form. Teachers then met at the end of the day to walkthrough the process. So on deployment day the high school was divided into three waves, spaced 20-25 minutes apart. Teachers were given a step-by-step guide to project in the classrooms and walked students through turning on the laptop all the way to enrolling into Mosyle. As we approached the two hour mark all students who were eligible to receive their laptop on deployment day were finished thus the 900 student Gulf Shores High successfully enrolled themselves in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Dr. Matt Akin - Superintendent of Schools
Gulf Shores City Schools
Now, it’s the end of the day on deployment day. It did go that smoothly. We were able to deploy almost 900 MacBooks in less than 2 hours which is absolutely amazing. The other thing it did for us, Mosyle was the glue that brought it all together or held it all together, but in the past for me the faculty wasn’t really involved in the deployment and this was a whole school effort. From the faculty, to the principal, to the librarian, and to the students, it really brought us closer together. So, we achieved the ultimate goal of getting computers (Macbooks) in our student’s hands in a short amount of time but I think more importantly it brought us all together and saw what we can accomplish as a team.

To get more details on how the lightning fast MacBook deployment was achieved at Gulf Shores City Schools visit our MDM on the Road page for a comprehensive overview.

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