Funding Strategies for Education Technology

Sun (1996) describes funding strategies for education technology:

"Historically, schools across the nation have approached instructional technology as an 'add on' in terms of funding. Although schools have budget lines for staff salaries, transportation, building and facilities maintenance, textbooks, and other essentials, few schools allocate regular funding for the purchase, maintenance, upgrading, support, and professional development related to new technologies. Rather, a majority of districts across the nation rely upon grants, special bond issues, and more often than not, charity and philanthropy to support the integration of technology into instruction. School boards and committees have yet to fully accept technology as a cost of doing business. In this case, the business is one of equitably preparing children with the skills and abilities necessary for lifelong success.

Technologies such as networked or stand-alone computer workstations, along with suitable software and applications, can aid teachers in the creation of learning environments that support the development of investigation, communication, and cooperative social skills. Students working in technology-rich environments have the opportunity to participate in authentic, engaging projects. But such environments do not come inexpensively. Many schools are unable to provide the technology needed to support engaged learning. Schools that would like to obtain more technology can use the following strategies for funding technology acquisition and implementation:

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