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
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
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.