HACKENSACK, N.J. AND FAYETTEVILLE, NC , Aug 26, 2015 - As classes resume across Cumberland County this week students, teachers and administrators will have increased access to advanced curriculums, training and collaboration tools with the growth of Cumberland County Schools (CCS) Global Communications Network. The Global Communications Network, a platform leveraging Vidyo’s software-based video conferencing technology, enables high school students to virtually enroll in Advanced Placement (AP), honors and credit recovery classes and connects teachers and administrators across the school system for real-time face-to-face meetings, trainings and office hours. The Global Communications Network is a part of CCS’ broader initiative, Quest for Student Success.
With Vidyo’s software-based HD video collaboration technology, CCS can leverage existing equipment and networks to collaborate at scale efficiently and cost effectively. More than 200 high school students in 15 Cumberland County high schools use Vidyo to enroll and participate in classes offered through the Global Communications Network.
“One of our primary goals in implementing the distance learning model was to ensure students across the system had the equal opportunity to access the best curriculum available and to create a consistent learning experience at every school,” said Kevin Coleman, Executive Director of Technology, Cumberland County Schools. “The ability to scale without blowing the budget with Vidyo’s technology is key to our ability to expand deployment of the Global Communications Network to include middle schools, virtual visits from international faculty and other distance learning applications.”
CCS faculty and administrators also utilize the Global Communications Network to connect with peers across the school system. Video conferencing technology is used for teacher training, consultations with education specialists and leadership meetings in which principals from Cumberland’s 85 schools can be seen at one time using a VidyoPanorama™ room system.
“Vidyo’s technology is driving a shift within education systems which are recognizing the value of video collaboration through its ability to enhance curriculums and expand access to resources, benefitting both students and educators, ” said Eran Westman, CEO, Vidyo. “The Cumberland County School System is an exceptional model of how educators can leverage video conferencing technology to deploy virtual learning programs in the K-12 setting and Vidyo is thrilled to be a leading enabler of virtual learning capabilities to North Carolina.”
About Cumberland County Schools
Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is a school district encompassing the entirety of Cumberland County, North Carolina with headquarters located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cumberland County Schools operates a total of 87 schools, 52 elementary schools, 17 middle schools, 17 high schools, 3 year round schools, 3 early colleges and 3 special schools. Cumberland County Schools is the fifth largest school system in the state and 78th in the U.S.
About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. delivers amazing visual communications and price performance to power customer engagement in line with user expectations to deliver the “human interaction” in the “Internet of Things.” The VidyoWorksTM platform and APIs leverage Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter™ to deliver scalable video conferencing, collaboration solutions and cloud-based services over public networks at a price comparable to audio conferencing. Vidyo has more than 95 patents issued and patents pending in more than 60 patent families in various jurisdictions around the world. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the blog or follow Vidyo on Twitter @vidyo and on Facebook.