February 20, 2015

Making a Difference in Education and Healthcare at Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC)

Nationwide Children's Hospital Get Well Card
Nationwide Children's Hospital Get Well Card

Participants at OETC sign the card to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.

Extreme Networks Demonstrates K-12 Networking Solutions, Delivers Sessions, and Makes Donation to Children’s Hospital

Interactive Session at OETC

Janet Thompson describes how Jackson Local Schools worked with Extreme Networks to prepare for PARCC Online Testing.

During the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC), we took time out to make a difference to kids at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of America’s largest pediatric healthcare and research centers. OETC attendees were invited to visit the Extreme Networks demonstration area to learn how Wi-Fi infrastructure can enhance personalized K-12 learning, and to sign a giant get-well card for the hospital patients.The card accompanied a donation of 10 mini iPad tablets for the hospital.

OETC brings together more than 5,000 education technology professionals to share best practices and learn about the latest edtech solutions for preschool to higher education (P-20) learning environments. Extreme Networks delivered these interactive sessions during the conference:

  • Preparing District Technology for Online Testing Initiatives; PARCC and Online Testing Best Practices. Jointly delivered with Janet Thompson, CIO of Jackson Local Schools
  • Analyzing Instructional Application Usage and Tools to Help Drive Student Engagement and Improve Learning in the Classroom. Delivered jointly with Medina City Schools and Jackson Local Schools
  • Enhancing Collaboration in the Classroom with Microsoft LYNC

Jerry Herzog and Glenn Mitchell of Extreme Networks present Donna Trentel, Director of Family and Volunteer Services for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, with a donation of iPads along with a get well card signed by attendees at OETC.

Regarding the iPads donated by Extreme Networks, Director of Family and Volunteer Services for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Donna Trentel explained, “The devices will be used to support patients as they cope with their different healthcare experiences.” Donna expressed how thrilled they were to receive the donation. “These donated devices will tremendously impact the hospital stays of hundreds of patients and families. We are so grateful to receive them.”

Tablet Devices Improve the Patient Healthcare Experience

According to Nationwide Children’s, the iPads will be used in several ways to help support patients as they cope with healthcare experiences.

  • Demonstrating procedures and what to expect
  • Comforting patients by delivering news and entertainment
  • Providing video engagement
  • Helping patient understand the healthcare practices and techniques

Learn more about Extreme Networks K-12 solutions and healthcare solutions.

This blog was written by Bob Nilsson with help from Kaitlyn McCullough.

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About The Contributor:
Bob NilssonDirector of Vertical Solutions Marketing

Bob Nilsson is the director of vertical solutions marketing at Extreme Networks. In this role, Mr. Nilsson leads the Extreme Networks strategy and programs for vertical markets including Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Federal Government, and Hospitality. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at Digital Equipment and HP. Bob holds an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School.

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