Georgia Public Broadcasting Scales
Realizing that many school districts experience budget, time, and planning as hurdles to student field trips, GPB planned the Gray’s Reef Live Exploration event to offer a fun and interactive way for students to learn about marine biology without leaving the classroom. Viewer turnout was nine times larger than expected as students from across the country logged in to watch the undersea adventure. Mediacurrent was on standby before and during the live event to provide critical performance support.
Bolstering the Blog
GPB’s Education Matters blog was redesigned to increase engagement and improve usability, becoming one of the most effective vehicles for promoting the Gray’s Reef event.
- The blog was moved from node body fields to using the paragraphs module. This makes it easier for GPB to update content and have flexibility with blog post designs.
- Each paragraph can have its own heading and inline images, empowering the content team with a greater degree of control.
Preparing for a High-Traffic Event
Drupal’s open source standards and vast toolset empower GPB to achieve one of its core initiatives: providing open access to digital learning resources. GPB reaches 80,000 educators each month but this one-hour, high traffic event required special performance considerations. Mediacurrent rose the to challenge with Carl Zornes, Digital Media Development Manager at GPB, describing our team as “superstars when it came to server setup.”
Pre-Event Performance Checks
For us, being able to create events like this that improve access to students across the State of Georgia — especially those in rural areas — is the best takeaway and the greatest thing about Drupal’s web platform.
Education Manager, Georgia Public Broadcasting
A True Partner in Drupal Support
Building on the success of Gray’s Reef, GPB plans to produce more Live Exploration events, bringing Georgia landmarks to life and into classrooms via live streaming.
With Mediacurrent as a support partner, GPB is serving on their mission to provide Georgia students with a strong educational foundation. We recently partnered to launch a bilingual, accessible website to support kindergarten readiness and look forward to serving their mission through future projects.