How do I plan my k-12 technology budget?
Posted on 2009-02-15
I am a tech coord for a small k-12 district in Upstate NY. Given the economy, our IT budget will be downsized at a time when virtually all our equipment (servers, switches, desktops and notebooks) is 5 years old. I'd like to move away from labs to a mobile solution and invest in cheaper but durable netbooks. In addition, I would use our existing computers in classrooms creating classroom pods with ncomputing devices. I realize I would need to keep several labs for specific courses but can't see replacing every computer but rather using nComputing x550s with a decent host machine. I haven't addressed software but we are a Novell school and have access to NLD or OpenSuse and Open Office. Any thoughts, ideas, and suggestions to help me plan the best direction with a limited budget and a need to move everyone forward in technology?