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EdTech as a Service (ETaaS) gets test run in Arizona with help from Dell & Intel

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by Peter Krass on 09/12/2022
Blog Category: devices

You already know Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS). Now get ready for a new service model known as Education Technology as a Service (ETaaS).

One of the first ETaaS proof-of-capability programs is already underway, the result of a partnership between Intel, Dell Technologies and the Chandler Unified School District of Arizona.

Together, Intel, Dell and Chandler Unified hope to better understand the feasibility of ETaaS as a new service model for K‒12 schools.

Thousands of devices

As part of the program, 4,000 new devices were deployed. That’s enough for all of Chandler High School’s students, teachers and staff members.

For students, the devices are mostly Dell Latitude 13-inch convertibles powered by Intel Core processors, ruggedized with rubber edges, laser etching and other protections.

For teachers and staff, the Dell devices are instead powered by the Intel Core vPro platform, adding remote-management capabilities.

The three partners are testing the ETaaS program’s ability to address the effects of the digital divide (in part by giving a device to every student), a lack of efficient classroom devices, and the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and students learning from home.

Phased approach

The first phase of the PoC, now completed, had among its goals improved tech implementation, teacher support with training, and enhanced remote learning. The work went quickly, with all 4,000 devices distributed in just 3 days.

Also as part of phase one, Dell provided teacher training. Topics included how to collaborate with technology, the fundamentals of edtech, and edtech applications.

The PoC’s second phase is now underway. It will test the end-to-end management and security capabilities of the Dell systems. The phase also will introduce Intel Skills for Innovation, a framework designed to help teachers create innovative learning experiences using edtech.

The early test results have been good. “Our entire experience with Intel,” says Chandler High’s principal, Michael Franklin, “has been like a textbook definition of what collaboration looks like.”

Get schooled on EdTech as a Service:

> Learn more about the ETaaS service model

> Get valuable training with the Intel Partner University DaaS Competency


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