Dublin Unified School District

District Replaces Underperforming Network To Realize Bold Educational Vision

Located in Alameda County, 25 miles east of San Francisco, Dublin USD is seeing its student population soar. Buildings are being renovated and new facilities are going up to accommodate growth.

Transitioning to digital learning is one of the highest priorities and passions for the Dublin Unified School District (USD). “Digital learning connects schools to a bigger universe of educational resources,” says Stephen Hanke, Superintendent of Dublin USD. “As we grow, it gives us new ways to reach students, parents, teachers, and the community. It lets us reimagine everything from courses to physical classrooms.”

Moving to the Common Core standard was a cornerstone of the district’s digital learning strategy. But it required that all students have access to technology in order to read across multiple types of media, write, conduct research, and make digital presentations. To provide this access, Dublin USD planned to migrate all of its schools to a 1:1 computing model—rolling out 10,000 Chromebooks—and standardize on cloud-based Google Apps for Education.

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Requirements
  • Build a more reliable, high-performance network to support a 1:1 computing model
  • Expand network resources to support more students, BYOD trend, and facilities expansion
  • Reduce investment and operational costs
Solution
  • Over 300 Ruckus ICX switches including high-speed backbone and stackable switches in network closets
  • Over 500 high-performance Ruckus access points, including 802.11ac
  • Easier management across locations with Ruckus ZoneDirector wireless controllers
Benefits
  • Reduced the number of APs installed by 50%, while improving Wi-Fi speed and range
  • Increased speed and capacity to support more users, online courses, and facilities expansion
  • Improved Wi-Fi reliability gives teachers confidence to switch to digital textbooks, so students can leave heavy textbooks and computers at home