IT Management

Technology Budgets: Moving from Capital Expense (CapEx) to Operational Expense (OpEx)

Information technology budgets involve significant expenditures, but there is more than one way to pay the bills. Identifying when it is advantageous to use capital funds versus operational funds can help districts build efficient and sustainable budgets to support their technology footprint.
 
What is the difference between a capital expense and operational expense? 
 

Tips to Plan a Successful Funding Initiative

Although the 2020 fall elections are a year away, now is the time to start planning for voter-approved funding proposals such as bonds and levies. These funding vehicles can be leveraged to raise funds for large technology upgrades and improvements. Presidential elections, in particular, present an excellent opportunity to leverage voter participation, especially in states where minimum voter turnout is required to pass funding requests. However, early planning and consistent follow through is critical to help ensure successful bond or levy passage.

Five Opportunities to Tackle Digital Equity at the Start of the School Year!

When the Beaverton, Oregon School District first rolled out their 1-to-1 program in 2014, they did not realize that the technology could inadvertently disadvantage some of their most vulnerable students. Unaware that all students did not have equitable Internet access at home, teachers became frustrated with missing assignments and lack of collaboration. However, beginning with the diligent work of the Digital Equity Brown Bag Lunch Group, the district implemented a number of programs to bridge the emerging homework gap.

CoSN & AASA Launch Partnership to Bolster Digital Learning Environments in America's School Systems

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, have launched a partnership committed to building a community of engaged superintendents and other school system leaders who have the skills and knowledge to bolster dynamic digital learning environments on behalf of K-12 students.

edWeb and CoSN Partner to Help Leaders in Rural School Districts Make More Effective Use of Technology

edWeb and CoSN will be launching an online community and series of edWebinars titled, “Tech for Rural Districts.” The program will leverage CoSN’s expertise and network of district leaders to help rural districts with the unique challenges and opportunities that they face with acquiring and implementing technology.

New Report Reveal Top "Accelerators" Driving Digital Transformation

In the latest addition to CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation series, the organization today published the second of three new reports, titled Driving K-12 Innovation: 2019 Accelerators. The report examines the top five most impactful technology megatrends driving the needs and skills that are expected of K-12 students and educators.
 

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