TITLE

Calculating Costs

AUTHOR(S)
Brooks-Young, Susan
PUB. DATE
November 2005
SOURCE
Tech & Learning;Nov2005, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p44
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that technology-based instructional programs will not thrive if educators do not rethink spending patterns. Total cost of ownership (TCO) refers to the true cost of purchasing and maintaining technology. Educational institutions have long recognized the need to plan for ongoing costs in some areas. Large purchases of most instructional materials have traditionally been tied to six or seven year textbook adoption cycles. However, most new technologies become obsolete in just three to five years. Administrators are developing strategies to fund ongoing support of instructional technologies. One increasingly popular solution is for districts to charge schools a flat fee or a percentage of the total cost for every new technology purchase, which covers a variety of recurring expenses. Some districts now charge schools a monthly per-computer fee to cover TCO for existing technologies.
ACCESSION #
19111393

 

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