Elkhart Community Schools, an Indiana school district serving approximately 12,000 students, has adopted an integrated digital signage system from Carousel Cloud, according to a press release.
The system sends targeted content to each department, such as Art and Athletics, using JAMF to securely integrate and push content to Apple devices and it uses RSS feeds to notify IT of any technical issues for proactive service by a small IT staff. The system also handles conference room reservations as well as integrated weather and news information and can handle integration with external systems such as SingleWire’s InformaCast emergency alert system, which the district is currently integrating. Of interest to many content managers in the education sector, Carousel offers integration with the Google suite, which is popular in many districts thanks to the rise of Chromebooks and the use of GSuite in school systems. .
“We’re a Google store, and it was easy to merge Carousel with Google. I didn’t need to create an additional account for users responsible for developing and distributing content,” said Stephen DeCook, administrator of the technological deployment at Eckhard. Community schools, said in the release. “It’s easy to set up and they offer a ton of information. And whenever I’ve needed additional help and contacted Carousel, their support has been excellent.”
DeCook attributes the system’s popularity among staff to the software’s easy learning curve for users of varying technical skills, as well as its accessibility features such as multimedia screens. “We have a large community of English as a Second Language (ESL) students, and food service staff, for example, are excited to be able to display visuals alongside menu listings to help those people understand the content more easily. ,” DeCook said in the statement.