Bring your own device programs have transformed the way schools are delivering technology services to students.

Edina Public Schools had concerns about the economic feasibility of one-to-one computing over the long term, so the nine-school Minnesota district is pursuing what it considers to be the next best alternative: allowing ­students to bring their own mobile devices to school.

Two years ago, Edina considered providing middle and high school students with notebook computers as part of a strategy to increase engagement, personalize learning, teach 21st century skills and take education beyond the classroom. After running a one-to-one pilot, the district shelved the idea when it became apparent that students preferred using their personal mobile devices and that the cost of buying and ­refreshing ­notebooks every three to four years would be ­prohibitive.

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A Crown Loan helped Rotorua Girls High School install energy efficient lighting in their gymnasium (Arena). As a result, the school now save $2,500 per year in energy costs.

The energy efficient technology installed also provides longer lamp life and less maintenance, resulting in additional savings as accessing light fittings in the high ceiling gymnasium is a costly exercise.

Annette Joyce
Rotorua Girls' High School

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