ERIC Number: EJ1017955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
SMART I.T.: Forget ROI, the Future of Technology Investment Is All about Value
Krueger, Keith R.
T.H.E. Journal, v40 n6 p25-28 Jun 2013
In today's economy, according to a recent "New York Times" article, the value of what Americans get from digital technologies is not calculated as part of the gross domestic product. The GDP only measures the monetary value of the goods and services that Americans pay for, not the information that they gain by using technological tools. The same distinction can be made in education. ROI is calculated by measuring benefits in dollars, Schools, however, are not in business to make money and therefore do not measure success in terms of dollars. Although most aspects of school performance cannot be measured in financial terms, there are still measurable ways that can demonstrate to stakeholders the value of the investment in technology in terms of advancing the educational mission of the district. This article outlines ways in which schools can measure investments in technology that are focused on educational rather than financial benefits.
Descriptors: Information Technology, Educational Technology, Outcomes of Education, Investment, Educational Objectives, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Learner Engagement, Parent Participation, Costs, Scores, Dropout Prevention, School Districts
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