Back to School 2011: A ‘Best of’ Collection of Education Stories

Julie Zellman

by Julie Zellman, Marketing Communications Coordinator, LifeSize

The lazy days of summer are winding down and kiddos across the globe are heading back to school. At LifeSize, we can’t help but feel nostalgic for those days – lacing up our shoelaces, donning a brand new back-to-school outfit and entering a new classroom for the first time. In fact, many of the parents at LifeSize are reliving those days as they watch their own children start school for the first time.

With education on the brain, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of our favorite K-12 and higher education case studies. After all, we think the addition of HD video conferencing to any classroom subtracts complexities and multiplies a child’s chance for educational success.

For maximum absorption of our favorite stories, listen to this while you read: 

The Lowell Whiteman School: Based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Lowell Whiteman educates future Olympians who are pursuing their athletic dreams in Nordic, Alpine and Freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Because these young students have such demanding training schedules, the private college prep academy chose LifeSize to help them keep up with their school work during their free time. With their PC-based LifeSize® Desktop™ systems and LifeSize® Video Center, Lowell Whiteman students can watch recorded lectures or stream from their training facility in Innsbruck, Austria, as if they are there in-person. To read the entire story, read our blog post: Achievement on Snow and In The Classroom.

State College of Florida Collegiate School: The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota is the region’s first and largest public college. Recently, SCF opened a collegiate charter school to educate students in 6th and 7th grade. Because the college has multiple locations, administrators wanted to find a cost-efficient communications solution to connect educators in the college and collegiate school. After implementing LifeSize technology, SCF was able to cut their budget by $2 million and provide online learning classes for their students. Want to know how SCF alleviated its budget crisis? Read the entire case study of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.







Essex Schools UK: While many of our case studies focus on eliminating travel, Essex Schools in the UK took a creative approach to HD video conferencing. Over the last three years, the school system has provided virtual learning events for gifted and talented students throughout Essex. Focusing on creative problem solving, team working, time management and organization, the program encourages students to use their gifted minds through leadership and performance opportunities. To learn more about how Essex Schools UK used video in a unique way, read Case Study–Essex Schools UK.


Gordon County Schools: Based in a rural part of Georgia between Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, the Gordon County School System consists of two high schools, two middle schools and five elementary schools, or approximately 7,000 students. In order to improve classroom instruction, maximize planning time and reduce costs, the district’s administration department turned to LifeSize HD video conferencing. By utilizing E-Rate funding, the school system was able to significantly reduce travel, improve communication throughout the district and ultimately, provide an engaging, effective learning environment for students. For the full story, read the case study here.

LACCD: The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) educates approximately 200,000 students annually, making them the largest community college district in the United States. Because they have multiple locations throughout the state of California, the college system understood the positive environmental impact it could have if the entire system went “green”. After receiving two bonds for a total of $2.25 billion, the district decided to cut its carbon emissions by upgrading its old legacy VC systems and switching to LifeSize technology to reduce commuting. To learn more about LACCD’s massive implementation and the impact it had on the school district, visit Case Study – LACCD.

If you would like more information about LifeSize’s state-of-the-art video solutions for K-12 or Higher Education, visit our Education Solutions page at

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