ERIC Number: ED467673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Investigating the Total Cost of Technology in Schools: Tools and Strategies for Managing Technology Investments. Best Practices for Alberta School Jurisdictions.
This document describes total cost of ownership (TCO) as a useful tool in the effective planning of technology use in schools. TCO is an analysis of all the costs of computer technology in a school in comparison with the value derived from the current investment. It also includes an assessment of strategies that can be implemented to reduce costs. The first stage in a TCO analysis in a school is to measure all the costs. The second stage is to collect data about the value derived from the investment so the value can be compared with costs. Value is defined in terms of goals. The third stage is to compare the school's decisions and practices with cost-saving strategies. Four general cost-minimizing strategies include planning and managing, reducing complexity, increasing reliability, and providing user support. A short-term TCO improvement project can be planned to reduce the costs of technology. It should also be infused into the 3-year planning cycle of the school. Five appendices contain instruments for calculating costs of technology, surveying student and staff satisfaction, and rating the quality of the technology investment; 13 case studies; and 2 planning scenarios. (Contains 43 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Investment, Money Management, Program Effectiveness
Alberta Learning, Stakeholder Technology Task Group, 11160 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5K 0L2. Tel: 780-427-9001. For full text: http://www.learning.gov.ab.ca/technology/bestpractices.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alberta Learning, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada