Stretching Your Technology Dollar

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Dec11-jan12cover_blogSchools in the United States spend a lot of money on education technology—about $400 per student per year. How can you make sure every dollar counts, especially as district budgets contract?

In “Stretching Your Technology Dollar,” in the December issue of Education Leadership, district technology director (and former classroom teacher) Doug Johnson offers strategies for making the most of your technology dollar, including

  • Effective budgeting techniques.
  • Seeking group discounts and free software.
  • Cloud computing.
  • Single-point purchasing.
  • Maximizing federal E-Rate funding.
  • Achieving sustainability and phasing out obsolete technologies.
  • Making new technology relevant to classroom use.

How do you get the most for your technology dollar? What technology purchases or practices aren’t worth the money?