ERIC Number: ED442256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Networking K-12 Schools: Architecture Models and Evaluation of Costs and Benefits.
Rothstein, Russell Isaac
This thesis examines the cost and benefits of communication networks in K-12 schools using cost analysis of five technology models with increasing levels of connectivity. Data indicate that the cost of the network hardware is only a small fraction of the overall networking costs. PC purchases, initial training, and retrofitting are the largest one-time costs for starting the network, and network support is the largest ongoing annual cost that schools must face. Over the first 5 years, support and training together comprise 46 percent of the total costs of networking schools. Costs are significantly reduced when aggregated at the district and state levels due to increased purchasing power. Using the Internet's CNN Newsroom to evaluate the benefits of K-12 networking reveals that students using CNN Newsroom placed more emphasis on the use of computers for school projects than did other students with similarly high access to technology. Lack of training and support was the biggest barrier for teachers and students, highlighting the need for school funding of the human infrastructure in addition to the network infrastructure. (Contains 48 references.) (GR)
Descriptors: Communications, Cost Estimates, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Public Schools, Technology Integration
For full Text: http://rpcp.mit.edu/Pubs/net_k12/asbstract.html.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A