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ERIC Number: EJ919054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Making Schools Future-Proof
Dessoff, Alan
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n7 p46-49 Mar 2011
Under pressure to keep spending down but also keep pace with rapid technology changes, many districts are future-proofing their schools--trying to get the most out of tech spending by providing solutions they can use now and in the future without major, expensive infrastructure overhauls. In the Folsom Cordova (California) Unified School District, it's called "future focus," says Chief Technology Officer Joe Jenkins. "It's not so much a hardware-specific mentality; it's trying to make the technology more flexible and utilize wireless infrastructures." A future-proof facility is "the escort to a probable future," adds Frank Locker, president of Frank Locker Educational Planning, a consulting firm in Dover, New Hampshire. He defines it as "inherently a flexible building that can be used as appropriate today but allows future reinterpretation and reassignment of programs and functions," anticipating and supporting change without expensive remodeling. Implementing and maintaining the right technology infrastructure is not a technical issue but a "strategic issue that requires thought and leadership," Peggy Munkittrick, senior director of product strategy for Schoolwires, wrote in a white paper, "K-12 Unified Technology Model for Creating a Technology Framework in Support of Strategic Initiatives." Even as more district leaders begin future-proofing schools, Locker, of Frank Locker Educational Planning, says he doesn't feel the concept has moved into the "general culture."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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