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Making The Most Of Your IT Budget

by Joshua Mulloy

EdTech Focus on K-12

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More Tech, Less Money: How CTOs Can Manage IT

One challenge many districts face is how to afford expanding technology needs with a flat or shrinking budget. Drawing from decades of combined professional experience, and utilizing the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN’s) SmartIT resources, members of the New Hampshire CTO Council have volunteered their experience and time to share useful information with educational leaders who are struggling with this financial challenge.

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Making Strategic IT Decisions

Increasing technological demands and no shortage of supply of new hardware and ed tech tools can challenge IT leaders in K-12 who are dealing with shrinking budgets and growing demands. Having a strategic plan that draws from experiences of others—internally and externally—can help. How strategic are your ed tech decisions?

As technology increasingly underpins more and more aspects of the teaching and learning environment—in the classroom as well as across the entire institution—conversations between multiple stakeholders need to be designed to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. Armed with this information, administrators, educators, IT pros and others can develop strategies and tactics that best manage resources to produce desired outcomes.