Budgets are tighter than ever before and that means that schools have to make every penny they spend mean something. At the same time, we are seeing amazing new technology that is being developed and it can help the student to learn much more readily and much more rapidly. How can we allow ourselves the luxury of this new technology while living within a budget?
Before teachers or tech directors can allow that specific piece of tech in, they have to ask themselves what kind of ROI are they going to get from it. How will it positively impact their district?
When you are considering what kind of tech to get, here are some tips to help you to ensure that you select the right items.
- Define what ROI really means to your district. How are you going to measure it and what will determine a winning piece of electronics.
- Determine your strategy and then make sure that any big investments in tech are going to closely align with the long term and the short term strategy that you have for your school and your district.
- Make sure that your tech is going to make your life easier not more complicated before you buy it. Neither the parent, not the students need something that is complicated simply for the sake of having it. If it isn’t going to help in a bit way, set it aside and move on.
- Seek the kind of tech that can give you a lot of bang for your buck. You want items that are easy to use and easy to customize as well as being able to be used for a wide range of things. If you get a lot of adaptability and a lot of customizable areas it’s probably a safe bet.
- Lay out a good plan for implementing the tech, no matter whether it is new software or new electronics. Having a plan is the best way to ensure that your students and teachers get as much out of it as they can. This is particularly true if this is a technology with which the teachers are not fully conversant. Make sure that they get enough training to be comfortable with it.
Good investigation, good planning, and good implementation will go a long way toward making sure that your tech dollars are well spent.
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