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This report describes the eight case studies of schools that use technology (computer, network, and multimedia equipment) to facilitate classroom instruction provide estimates of what it costs a school to set up a technology program. Technology-related expenditures in six categories — hardware, software, personnel, staff development, infrastructure changes, and materials--are brought together to develop a comprehensive cost estimate for each school. Educators and policymakers who are considering investing in educational technology can use the study results to develop cost estimates or to evaluate the results of alternative scale-up scenarios. The cost information generated in this study is a first step in structuring a research agenda to understand the more difficult question of cost effectiveness.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction: The Need for Data on Costs

  • Chapter Two

    Approach to Estimating Costs

  • Chapter Three

    The Cost of Eight School-Based Technology Programs

  • Chapter Four

    Cost Comparisons Across Schools

  • Chapter Five

    Concluding Remarks

  • Appendix

  • Bibliography

This report is part of a study by the RAND Critical Technologies Institute (CTI) for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Technology Policy within the U.S. Department of Education.

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