"Budget constraints and lack of resources still rank as the number one top challenge
to planning and implementing technology-enabled learning environments."
Consortium for School Networking's 2016 K12 IT Leadership Survey Report
It is critical that schools provide innovative technology to support enhanced learning opportunities for students in the classroom. According to a recent report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), "budget constraints and lack of resources" remain the primary challenge school leaders face in implementing technology-enabled envronment.1
With this as the top challenge, many schools turn to a reactive or chaotic technology management system to address immediate needs. However, while this approach may be sufficient in the short-term, it keeps schools from putting a proactive system in place to better enable technology in the classroom.
Proactive, Sustainable IT Refresh Models
When it comes to technology, schools often struggle to put funding in place that both supports core services, while also allowing resources to invest in new and innovative technologies. Schools agree that taking steps towards a consistent and predictable funding process is ideal, but many tend to develop funding models that moves them from a reactive process to a more strategic approach.
Transitioning from a reactive, high risk IT strategy to a proactive, low risk strategy that is consistent and predictable, schools can focus more on enhancing the learning environment in the classroom.
IT leaders must find a way to fund core services while also balancing a commitment to innovation and growth. As schools are adapting new and innovative technologies, many are using strategic financing to develop new IT funding models to support innovative growth. By implementing technology renewal programs, schools are finding a way to be more efficient while implementing emerging technologies at reduced costs that will enable new learning opportunities for students.
Source1: The 2016 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from the Consortium for School Networking
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