Chester-based technology solutions provider, Ten Ten Systems, has developed and installed a 21st century solution for the Microsoft Showcase school, Myddelton College, North Wales.
The service includes a seamless, simultaneous, dual-band 5GHz wireless network across the entire campus. Due to the prestigious accolade, the college needed to ensure that its IT service and digital devices matched its innovative teaching agenda.
The exclusive co-educational boarding school in the town of Denbigh provides all-round schooling for children aged 11-18. It received its first 80 students in September. Myddelton College is the first of a select number of Microsoft-accredited schools to crop up in North Wales. Ten Ten Systems’ innovative IT and communications system caters to the high-spec needs of the campus’ network.
A 21st Century Solution for First Microsoft Showcase School in North Wales
Microsoft has recognised the college as a global leader in the successful integration of technology, with innovative teaching and learning. Because of this recognition, the college approached Ten Ten Systems to install a state-of-the-art server and WiFi network. The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner. A number of steps then followed.
Firstly, the reconfiguration and optimisation of present hardware on the campus. They incorporated the existing technology into the framework.
Next, they installed a wireless solution with a 5GHz wireless access points. This was to support other features of the campus infrastructure, including Microsoft 365, 100Mb fibre optic broadband, and a cloud storage solution.
Finally, they set up the new Microsoft Surface tablets for all students and teachers. The tablets, along with the multiple display surfaces in each classroom, are to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
While following a tight deadline, the work is the first phase of a wider project. It is to be fully operational for the college’s Open Day in September 2016. Ultimately, the aim is to make the school’s tech system a secure environment for the students. In addition to having it seamless across the campus, the SonicWALL security enables monitoring of the students’ activity. This can be done via user ID for each individual.
Rather than simply focusing on the immediate installation, Ten Ten also looked at the number of students expected to attend the college in the long-term and its future technology aspirations.
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Microsoft Showcase School
Microsoft selected Myddelton College as a 2016-2017 Microsoft Showcase School. This was mainly due to its excellence in transforming its learning environment and delivering a more personalised education to students.
The college uses innovative mobile and cloud technology, in order to better prepare students for success in real work environments. Myddelton College is among only 34 schools in the entire UK – and one of only four throughout Wales – to be selected by Microsoft for this accreditation.
Executive headmaster, Andy Howard, sits as the only UK headmaster on the global Microsoft in Education Advisory Board. What’s more, five of the teaching staff from the college were awarded global recognition from Microsoft, as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts. The recognition was for their work in developing a forward-thinking, 21st century curriculum.
Stuart Ayres, Deputy Head / Head of 21st Century Technology at the college, commented:
“I have worked with Ten Ten Systems before, and know we can trust them to deliver IT that works for us and our students. It’s not just about installing systems that work today. It’s about the ability to remain at the forefront of leading-edge teaching tomorrow. Technology is an intrinsic part of modern business. Understanding and mastering the role of technology is ingrained in Myddelton’s ethos. Ten Ten Systems looked at what we had, listened to us, and knew exactly what we required to make the school’s set-up seamless and secure”.
Ten Ten Systems
Established in December 2000, Ten Ten Systems focus their services on the needs of SMEs, charities and schools. Today, it is a multi-disciplined IT Support and IT Services company. It delivers high-quality services to a range of business clients. The provision of solutions that are both flexible and practical is the reason for Ten Ten Systems success.
Furthermore, the design of these systems meet the specific needs of businesses around the country. Above all, Ten Ten Systems’ specialists provide ongoing support, in tandem with bespoke solutions.
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