Jeff Davis County Schools modernizes a rural school district with the help of Google for Education
Like many rural districts, the schools face the challenge of making the most of the funding they receive. The district’s IT and administrative team does its due diligence whenever investing in new tools, but when it came to G Suite for Education, much of this vetting was complete. Teachers and staff already used Gmail, and encouraged the district to standardize on Google.
"Before Google, it would take our IT service team 21 days to close a service ticket. Now, it only takes our service team three hours or less to close out a ticket and we have decreased the overall amount of tickets that come in. This encourages our teaching staff to implement more technology in the classroom, now that they trust that the technology is reliable that any issues can be solved quickly."
Keith Osburn, technology and special programs director, Jeff Davis County Schools
After a trial period of testing Google and Microsoft products, the IT team surveyed teachers and staff about the system they preferred. The results were unanimous for Google. In 2008, Jeff Davis County Schools launched G Suite district-wide and introduced 2,200 Chromebooks. Today, the school district considers itself a “Google ecosystem,” with staff, teachers and students all using Google tools to work in new ways.
Located in Hazlehurst, Ga., Jeff Davis County Schools is a rural, but technologically progressive school district with more than 3,200 students and 400 teachers and staff. The school district aims to develop successful, productive citizens who make a positive contribution to society. Over the past few years, this mission has led IT and administrative staff to continuously seek out the best ways to empower students and teachers with the right tools.
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