The Cost of School-based Educational Technology Programs

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RAND, 1996 - Education - 91 pages
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This report describes the eight case studies of schools that use technology (computer, network, and multimedia equipment) to facilitate classroom instruction provide estimates of what it costs a school to set up a technology program. Technology-related expenditures in six categories--hardware, software, personnel, staff development, infrastructure changes, and materials--are brought together to develop a comprehensive cost estimate for each school. Educators and policymakers who are considering investing in educational technology can use the study results to develop cost estimates or to evaluate the results of alternative scale-up scenarios. The cost information generated in this study is a first step in structuring a research agenda to understand the more difficult question of cost effectiveness.

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