ERIC Number: ED453824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Investing in K-12 Technology Equipment: Strategies for State Policymakers.
Good, Dixie Griffin
This report examines decisions regarding investments in K-12 technology. The first section presents an overview of technology in K-12 public schools, including a sampling of how technology is being used to further education goals for teachers, students, and administrators. The second section establishes a set of figures that indicate the current installed based, i.e., the level of computer hardware that exists in U.S. public schools. The third section discusses technology, education, and demographic trends affecting today's decisions. The fourth section looks at technology investment approaches, including advantages, disadvantages, and costs of enhanced desktop, laptop, thin client, education service provider, and state e-learning framework scenarios. The fifth section discusses the following additional factors to consider: state approaches to funding education technology; and the total cost of ownership, including professional development, wiring and networking costs, technical support, security, software and digital content, equitable access to technology, and building infrastructure. The conclusion lists decision points and policy questions for policymakers. Appendices include a list of key terms, a list of sources reviewed to estimate the current installed base of technology equipment, data from seven reports on the current installed base, and a chart of state approaches to funding education technology. (Contains 57 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Costs, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Investment, Policy Formation, Public Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: Prepared under the direction of Robert M. Palaiach. Edited by Suzanne Weiss.