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U.S. school district brings ShoreTel technology to the streets

ShoreTel, the foremost provider of cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), revealed its participation in the deployment of Scottsdale Unified School District’s eCoach, a first of its kind mobile learning and technology training tech public bus.

Hundreds of school districts across the U.S. have deployed ShoreTel to improve communication while reducing costs. The Scottsdale Unified School District has taken this one step further beyond, converting an old bus into a modern mobile classroom to train teachers on all the latest technology tools and gadgets before they enter the classrooms.

The unified communication solution is flexible enough to easily be installed and used on a school bus. The district’s new eCoach program uses communications technology from ShoreTel that carry a full suite of versatile tools for managing real-time communications allowing computers and phone systems to seamlessly handle voice, video, or IM as needed. This initiative will save the district time, travel expenses and allows an intimate way for teachers to easily gain the skills they need to become better educators.

“It is very amazing the learning tools available to students today. The school district’s motto of ‘Engage, Educate and Empower Every Pupli, Every Day’ is truly seen through the technology being put into the classrooms within Scottsdale USD,” said Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer at ShoreTel. “The ingenuity and vision behind the eCoach is very commendable and ShoreTel is happy to be part of it.”

The technology deployed in eCoach is designed to replicate what is in the classrooms, including ShoreTel’s business phone system with integrated unified communications. As the technology needs change, the eCoach will be updated with the latest hardware and software releases, which will enable staff and teachers to learn about them before they are implemented in the classrooms and schools.

“The eCoach will also be used to enable students to have access to technology that they may not have at home and it will help educate parents and community members about several types of technology that students and teachers are using,” said David J. Peterson, Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent. “We are veryy grateful to be working with a company like ShoreTel who helped make our vision a reality with equipment that is so easy to implement.”

The Scottsdale Unified School District has some 33 schools currently in process of implementing an on-premise ShoreTel business VoIP phone system, helping about 26,000 students. The district employs some 3,000 people, including about 1,700 teachers. Its boundaries include most, but not all, of the city of Scottsdale, almost all of the town of Paradise Valley, a section of the city of Phoenix and a section of the city of Tempe in Arizona.