ERIC Number: ED484711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Virginia District Case Study. A Report and Estimating Tool for K-12 School Districts
Consortium for School Networking
The four 2004 Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) case studies were developed by the Consortium for School Networking, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the cooperation of the case study school districts. These case studies are presented in the same format as the 2003 studies, but also have a focus on additional technologies beyond the base distributed computing model. These new technologies are voice/data integration, wireless networking, and e-learning. From a technical perspective, the scope of the project included end-user computing devices, network servers, local area network hardware, and the labor costs associated with each of these components. Software, application service providers, content and curriculum development, and staff development and training were included as well. Data from each district were used to develop a case study that reports pertinent TCO metrics, discusses how the district approached the TCO process, and provides background information on the district and its distributed computing environment. The metrics represent a baseline for the district; and from this baseline data, a trending analysis can be performed. There are five sections to each case study. The first is an overview of the district and the general setting of the distributed computing environment. The second section contains the TCO metrics. The third section includes an interpretation of key selected TCO metrics. The fourth section provides a review of the district's participation in the 2004 case study focus initiatives of wireless communications, voice/data integration, and e-learning technologies. The fifth and final section discusses each district's approach to performing the TCO analysis.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for School Networking, Washington, DC.