Published on 20-Dec-2011
"The IBM donation of 550 Lotus Notes licenses will enable us to achieve our goal of becoming an e-school." - Jürgen Flegel, headmaster, Wilhelm-Conrad-Röntgen Gesamtschule
Wilhelm-Conrad-Roentgen Gesamtschule in Gemeinde Panketal, Germany
Founded in 1974, Wilhelm-Conrad-Roentgen Gesamtschule is a comprehensive school of some 650 students in Gemeinde Panketal, Germany, a city located almost 12 miles outside of Berlin. After graduating from Wilhelm-Conrad-Roentgen Gesamtschule, students can go on to university or accept an apprenticeship in business.
Gemeinde Panketal used individual teacher’s email addresses and paper calendars to communicate with students and parents, leading to errors, missed updates, and an inability share documents.
IBM donated 550 software licenses for Lotus Notes, Sametime, Quickr, and Connections to enable the teachers to communicate, and share educational and curriculum documents with students and parents.
The solution has standardized teacher email to reduce errors, enabled document sharing for distance learning, and reduced errors, while optimizing teacher, student, and parent collaboration.
Like many schools, Wilhelm-Conrad-Roentgen Gesamtschule wanted to enhance the overall learning process for students and, at the same time, provide teachers with the latest technology in order to improve their efficiency. The school’s ultimate goal was to improve communication, collaboration and document sharing among teachers, students, department heads, administrators and parents. Prior to the implementation, each teacher used his or her own personal email, often leading to confusion. School event notifications were paper based, which could result in changes not being adequately broadcast to all participants. Document sharing was all done via paper, also leading to errors. Because many of the students live a considerable distance from the school, if they were ill or otherwise unable to get to school, they had no access to course materials. With a new building being built, the school wanted to implement a communication and collaboration platform that would transform the way teachers taught and students learned.
IBM, together with IBM Business Partner KHT, rolled out 60 IBM Lotus Notes® software licenses that the school purchased. In conjunction with the International Mentor Place for Girls, IBM then donated 550 software licenses to the school to cover the students and faculty. Initially the solution has been rolled out to 10 department heads, with the rollout to the entire school completed by August 2012.
The solution will include IBM Sametime® software, which will enable students to connect with teachers to answer questions, in real time. Because many of the students are using popular social media applications, it is logical that IBM Connections software will be rolled out to enable the students and teachers to build a social network that is focused on learning. IBM Connections software will also enable students to seek out subject matter experts among teacher and their peers. IBM Lotus® Quickr® software will enable students and teachers to collaborate on projects as a team. Quickr software will make it easier for participants to access and interact with the people, information and project materials they need to get their work done.
Optimizing the learning experience
- Enhances collaboration, communication and electronic document sharing between students and teachers
- Standardizes email to eliminate complexity and reduce errors
- Enables teachers and students to connect through instant messaging, social networks and communities
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