(PD Title No. EDU5504E)
Smart Budgeting for Technology: An Introduction to Total Cost of Ownership
Proficiency Level: Mastery
Subject(s):Foreign Languages,Language Arts and Reading,Guidance,Health Education,Industrial Education,Interdisciplinary,Leadership Training,Multicultural Education,Music,Parent Education,Psychology,Science,Social Science,Volunteer,Special Education,Technology,Computer Education,Mathematics,Business,Art,Career Tech,Library Media,Basic Training,Physical Education
Grade(s): PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,CC,Other
Hours: 30.00


Description:It is imperative that you, as educational leaders, have the skills and knowledge necessary to respond to the multiple challenges of reduced budgets, increased accountability requirements, and growing concerns about the impact of technology investments in education. It is no longer sufficient to be knowledgeable about the installation of equipment, networks, software, and professional development models and resources, you must also have the skills and resources necessary to make strategic decisions about calculating costs, allocating resources, and projecting multiyear budgets.

This Smart Budgeting for Technology course will provide appropriate, timely, targeted resources for technology budgeting; help you grapple with issues of fiscal accountability; provide a framework outlining the major considerations when budgeting for technology integration; and help you respond to the school board and community concerns about investments in educational technology.

Pre-requisites: This course is intended for technology coordinators, school principals, district superintendents, and other K-12 technology decision-makers or stakeholders who are interested in investigating successful allocations of funds within an instructional technology budget.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.
Objectives: This course will enable participants to:
1. Read relevant articles and discuss technology budgeting and Total Cost of Ownership issues with other participants.
2. Review some benchmarks and strategies that other technology leaders use for budgeting for technology.
3. Learn the importance of budgeting adequately for the “soft costs” of staff development and technical support, in addition to the up-front costs of hardware.
4. Review and evaluate several budgeting tools and guidelines developed by other school districts and organizations to budget for technology and consider the relevant needs of your own district.
5. Kick-start a budget and planning process.
6. Become part of a collegial network of learners by sharing experiences and ideas with other school and district leaders.

ACLD approved for 1 PLU with later enrollment in Showcase course PLUACLD040 to begin 6-months after EDU5504 completion.