Education

In education, the challenge is to deliver flexible, enhanced learning environments, while maintaining compatibility with aging infrastructure and tight budgets.

Enhancing Learning Environments with Thin Client Computing

ThinKiosk is a software-defined thin client that repurposes existing Windows hardware into secure, centrally managed, Windows-based thin clients. It delivers a familiar look and feel for students and teaching staff alike.

Being Windows-based ensures compatibility is maintained with external educational peripherals, such as smart whiteboards or multi-screen displays.

Secure Remote Worker, built on a Thinkiosk core, enables flexible learning by allowing students to have secure remote access to their learning environments using personally owned Windows devices from home, or when studying from any number of locations.

Enhancing Learning Environments with Thin Client Computing

Delivering Computing in Education

Students of today are the employees of tomorrow, and in the consumer driven world in which we live, this becomes an important factor when it comes to delivering educational services to schools, colleges, and universities. Students, both young and old, will be far more technically savvy than ever before when it comes to working with IT systems, apps and data.

Whether it’s classroom-based primary and secondary education, or a more flexible approach to learning within further, higher, or even distance learning-based education, the challenges remain the same: How can educational services deliver an improved end user learning experience while at the same time keeping one eye on the ever shrinking budgets?

Centralizing Desktops and Applications

One approach to enhancing learning environments is by deploying some form of virtual desktop or remote app based solution, centralizing computing resources and allowing students to connect from classroom networks as well as from home.

This is where ThinKiosk comes in: ThinKiosk cuts out the need to invest in additional hardware by converting existing Windows PCs into high-performance thin clients.

ThinKiosk's intuitive Centralized Endpoint Management platform simplifies repetitive IT tasks, allowing IT teams to easily manage, troubleshoot and push updates from a single console.

Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

Students now have the ability to log onto remote apps and desktops, allowing them to launch apps and review content on PC’s and laptops in the classroom environment, or even from their PCs at home. This approach allows them to connect remotely and effectively extends the classroom environment into their homes.

With this in mind, ThinScale developed Secure Remote Worker—A version of ThinKiosk with a specialised set of features that allow for personal windows devices to dynamically swap between the native desktop and the ThinKiosk VDI without compromising on endpoint security.

Endpoint Device Security & Compliance

ThinKiosk & Secure Remote Worker have some key functionality in enabling personal & corporate devices to become PCI compliant, including:

  • Windows Patch Management
  • Windows Firewall Control
  • Windows Security Centre Detection
  • USB Device Blocking
  • Application Execution Prevention (AEP)
  • Service Execution Prevention (SEP)
  • Restricted access to key operating system components
Delivering Computing in Education

Delivering Computing in Education

Students of today are the employees of tomorrow, and in the consumer driven world in which we live, this becomes an important factor when it comes to delivering educational services to schools, colleges, and universities. Students, both young and old, will be far more technically savvy than ever before when it comes to working with IT systems, apps and data.

Whether it’s classroom-based primary and secondary education, or a more flexible approach to learning within further, higher, or even distance learning-based education, the challenges remain the same: How can educational services deliver an improved end user learning experience while at the same time keeping one eye on the ever shrinking budgets?

Centralizing Desktops and Applications

Centralizing Desktops and Applications

One approach to enhancing learning environments is by deploying some form of virtual desktop or remote app based solution, centralizing computing resources and allowing students to connect from classroom networks as well as from home.

This is where ThinKiosk comes in: ThinKiosk cuts out the need to invest in additional hardware by converting existing Windows PCs into high-performance thin clients.

ThinKiosk's intuitive Centralized Endpoint Management platform simplifies repetitive IT tasks, allowing IT teams to easily manage, troubleshoot and push updates from a single console.

Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

Students now have the ability to log onto remote apps and desktops, allowing them to launch apps and review content on PC’s and laptops in the classroom environment, or even from their PCs at home. This approach allows them to connect remotely and effectively extends the classroom environment into their homes.

With this in mind, ThinScale developed Secure Remote Worker—A version of ThinKiosk with a specialised set of features that allow for personal windows devices to dynamically swap between the native desktop and the ThinKiosk VDI without compromising on endpoint security.

Endpoint Device Security & Compliance

Endpoint Device Security & Compliance

ThinKiosk & Secure Remote Worker have some key functionality in enabling personal & corporate devices to become PCI compliant, including:

  • Windows Patch Management
  • Windows Firewall Control
  • Windows Security Centre Detection
  • USB Device Blocking
  • Application Execution Prevention (AEP)
  • Service Execution Prevention (SEP)
  • Restricted access to key operating system components

The Benefits to Education

ThinScale products have been designed to deliver features and benefits both inside and outside the classroom, empowering IT admins to create enhanced learning environments.

Lower costs

Organizations can utilize the hardware that they already own, so with a ThinKiosk solution the cost is purely for the software license, and can be deployed, retracted and redistributed quickly and simply.

Familiar end user experience

The key to any successful solution is giving students something they are used to already using. ThinKiosk provides a seamless transition to remote solutions, coupled with a familiar user interface.

Secure remote working

Secure Remote Worker allows end users to access their virtual desktop and remote application resources from any windows machine, personal or otherwise, enabling common room and staff BYOD initiatives.

Policy & profile driven

School administrators can configure ThinKiosk thin client staff profiles. The profiles can be adapted to define appearance settings, security functionality and much more.

Centralized management

The secure workspace environment is managed centrally using the ThinScale Management Platform, allowing organizations to ensure that the environment is secure and up to date.

Enhanced end user experience

Windows-based thin clients allow you to take advantage of, and continue using, all the features and benefits end users are accustomed to using, and IT admins are able to easily support.

Our products provide students and teachers with a secure learning environment from where they can access their remote desktop and application environments.

Allen Independent School District
EDUCATION CASE STUDY

Allen Independent School District

Due to shrinking budgets, Allen Independent School District needed a fast and economically viable way to prolong the shelf lives of 16,000 Windows devices across seventeen elementary schools, three middle schools, one freshman center and one high school.

ThinKiosk gave the local IT teams the ability to customize user experience at a campus and grade level. In particular, our solutions exposed applications on local computers that might have led to issues running in a virtual desktop.

Download Our Education Whitepapers

To see how ThinScale's solutions can improve and extend your end user experience, reduce management overheads and costs, while at the same time ensuring security and compliance requirements are all met, download our whitepapers.

Key Products for Education

Software solutions that enable IT to deliver a modern digital landscape to the education sector without compromising on end user experience, security or performance.

ThinKiosk - Software defined Windows Thin Clients

A software-only solution that repurposes existing Windows devices into secure, fully-featured, centrally managed Windows thin clients.

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Key Benefits

  • Repurpose existing hardware
  • Familiar Windows interface
  • Centralized management
  • Maximise your VDI investment
  • Support for Citrix, VMware and Microsoft

Secure Remote Worker - Secure connectivity from a personal Windows device

A software-only solution that turns a personal Windows device into a secure software defined thin client enabling secure remote access and BYOD.

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Key Benefits

  • Connect from Personal Devices
  • PCI Compliance
  • Endpoint Validation
  • Easy Deployment
  • Remove logistical complexities

IntelliPerform - Powering the optimization of desktop performance

A software optimization solution that maximizes the performance of desktop infrastructure resources.

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Key Benefits

  • CPU Optimization
  • Memory Optimization
  • Advanced rules-based engine
  • Comprehensive reporting tools
  • Centralized management

ThinIO - Reducing disk I/O in virtual desktop environments

A software storage optimization solution that reduces disk I/O in virtual desktop environments.

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Key Benefits

  • Increased Application I/O
  • Enhanced end user experience
  • Speeds up boot time
  • Increases desktop density
  • Reduces hardware requirments
Thin Client Software

ThinKiosk - Software defined Windows Thin Clients

A software-only solution that repurposes existing Windows devices into secure, fully-featured, centrally managed Windows thin clients.

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Key Benefits

  • Repurpose existing hardware
  • Familiar Windows interface
  • Centralized management
  • Maximise your VDI investment
  • Support for Citrix, VMware and Microsoft
Remote Working Software

Secure Remote Worker - Secure connectivity from a personal Windows device

A software-only solution that turns a personal Windows device into a secure software defined thin client enabling secure remote access and BYOD.

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Key Benefits

  • Connect from Personal Devices
  • PCI Compliance
  • Endpoint Validation
  • Easy Deployment
  • Remove logistical complexities
Desktop Resource Management

IntelliPerform - Powering the optimization of desktop performance

A software optimization solution that maximizes the performance of desktop infrastructure resources.

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Key Benefits

  • CPU Optimization
  • Memory Optimization
  • Advanced rules-based engine
  • Comprehensive reporting tools
  • Centralized management
Disk I/O Optimization

ThinIO - Reducing disk I/O in virtual desktop environments

A software storage optimization solution that reduces disk I/O in virtual desktop environments.

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Key Benefits

  • Increased Application I/O
  • Enhanced end user experience
  • Speeds up boot time
  • Increases desktop density
  • Reduces hardware requirments