ERIC Number: ED429570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Technology Funding: Best Practices for Alberta School Jurisdictions.
Dussome, Webb; Rozmahel, Kathleen
This study examined how technology funding is planned, deployed and managed in six Alberta school jurisdictions and identified best practices and recommended strategies. Specific objectives were to research and examine, via interviews with technology personnel in each jurisdiction, the funding frameworks in place, and to report on commonalties, problematic areas, and recommended practices with respect to establishing and managing technology funding. The use of site-based, moderately site-based, and centralized funding models to equip schools with modern technology infrastructures is discussed. Best practices and recommended strategies are summarized in the following areas: (1) technology governance (establishing clear guidelines for managing technology, thereby maximizing return on investment and minimizing support costs); (2) managing the impact of computer networking (reshaping technology management and expenditure streams to reflect changes in how computers are used); (3) technology planning; (4) technology investment (addressing the major challenge of ensuring the long-term viability of technology investments); (5) accounting for investment (identifying the other costs involved in technology investment); and (6) technology funding sources (ensuring consistency across jurisdictions regarding sources of funding). A list of related Alberta Education resources is appended. (AEF)
Descriptors: Centralization, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Decentralization, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Models, School Based Management, School Districts, School Surveys, Technology Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada