A Unified "Cloud" Brings Resources and Applications Together on One Web Desktop: Stoneware's webNetwork Gives Marion County (FL) Users Access to Files, Applications and Reports On-Demand, Anywhere and on Any Device

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School districts are clusters of disconnected technology, digital assets, web applications, third-party software and online services. For teachers, students and even parents, many of these applications need to be available outside of school hours and even outside of school itself.

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The School Board of Marion County, FL., led by its director of technology and information systems, Scott Hansen, addressed this problem by implementing Stoneware's webNetwork. The system creates a framework for accessing all digital assets and applications through a web browser regardless of where you are or what device you are on.

Stoneware's unified cloud platform brings together local systems and data with online application services into a single desktop delivered through a web browser.

The framework created by Stoneware is part of a vision Hansen and Marion County have for their 41,250 students and 6,000 employees--a vision of a digital learning environment, accessible anywhere on any device.

Marion County Schools began a BYOD initiative three years ago, but Hansen said "we weren't fully leveraging our infrastructure."

"It really solved a major problem for our school district," said Hansen. "We had no way of easily pulling in various applications, including grades and other resources, and making them available beyond the school walls. With webNetwork, we could place all those resources in a framework, which allows you to increase usage and extend your investment."

For instance, webNetwork gives Marion County high school students unified access to a variety of resources, applications and sites, including class grade reports, cloud-based document collaboration and storage, an online library system, a website to prepare for state assessment tests and an online study guide for college admissions tests. …