Corona-Norco Unified School District Delivers on Learning With VMware

Running a school is a challenge. But managing fifty schools across three cities? That is seemingly impossible, yet that is exactly what California-based Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) does. With more than 53,000 students to educate, CNUSD’s goal is to provide these children with a personalized learning experience, one that will equip them with the skills necessary to succeed beyond Corona-Norco. To help provide these unique types of learning experiences, CNUSD turned to VMware technologies.

The Cost of Success

Providing a specialized learning environment to students can become a difficult task when it comes to the subject of funding. This challenge was one with which CNUSD was intimately familiar. The technology CNUSD was using had high operational costs and high complexity, both of which were increasing as the cost to battle malicious threats was rising. Resources available per student were also in short supply—due in part to California state funding issues (ranked 47th nationwide).

The district needed to keep costs in mind as it considered future plans. The need to reduce capital expenditures and the overall technology budget was great, but so too was the desire to ensure equal access to technology for all students. But with a lean IT team driving all over the large, traffic-heavy county in attempts to deliver services, wait times could be long and students were missing out on the opportunities classroom technology provides.

Watch the following video to learn more about VMware’s work with Corona-Norco Unified School District, and then read on for details on the classroom impact of VMware technologies.

Classroom Impact

To meet these challenges and then create even more opportunities for students, CNUSD turned to VMware. With a comprehensive suite of technologies deployed (including VMware Horizon, VMware Airwatch, and VMware NSX), CNUSD is now able to deliver more resources while saving the district money.

New systems were introduced on campuses, including three completely new computer labs. Newer systems also allow CNUSD to spread technology to different schools in the district. This has not only reduced the cost per pupil, but has also saved the district $5 million on hardware to date. And as Bill Newberry, President of the Board of Education, says, VMware has helped introduce a “more equitable delivery system.”

The impact on the classroom experience has been significant. Technology that hadn’t been available before is now being introduced. Teachers are incorporating everything from LEGO robots to virtual deejays into their curriculums, embracing technology in ways never thought possible before.

This is true in part because VMware technologies have made access to materials much easier for teachers, so now teachers can spend more time seeking unique, innovative ways students can use the various software offerings, instead of seeking access to these applications.  From the teachers’ perspective, the digital workspace translates into a streamlined computing experience that empowers them to focus on what they do best: teaching.

New digital workspaces are also able to deliver the learning technology students and teachers need, when and where they need it. Teachers and students can now access information from any device—education is no longer confined to the classroom. And bring your own device (BYOD) policies encourage choice and flexibility in the new learning environment.

Enabling the Future

CNUSD wants to give its students not only an education, but also skills that help open the door to many opportunities. With VMware, CNUSD can equip students with new tools, placing cutting edge technology in their hands and enabling them to be the generation to discover and invent what’s next.