These case studies were developed to provide real world examples for K-12 decision-makers as they assess the costs and evaluate the benefits of proposed technology investments before making costly, time intensive decisions and commitments. The studies are intended to provide school technology administrators and other educators with insight on best practices for making sound choices to better articulate the costs and benefits of proposed projects.
Student Mobile Learning
Two Texas districts evaluated the costs (project TCO) and benefits of providing student mobile learning devices; one (Rockdale ISD) implemented iPod Touches and the other (Katy ISD) implemented 3G smart phones. Rockdale ISD also developed anticipated costs and TCO for a proposed student-provided device initiative for the high school.
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One-to-One Student Computing
This case study profiles an Arizona school district’s investigation of two approaches to one-to-one student computing.
Online Learning Alternatives
A Wisconsin school district evaluated an investment to use online learning as an alternative approach to traditional learning, as part of an effort to promote the concept of lifelong learning.
Formative Assessment Alternatives
In this case study, an Iowa district measured the costs and benefits of implementing formative assessment tools for primary school teachers to provide individualized instruction for improved student literacy.
High Speed Regional Network
This case study explores the cost and benefits from a school district’s perspective of the availability of a regional high speed network to a regional service agency and among the region's districts.