It’s no secret that school district leaders across the country are under immense pressure to do more with shrinking budgets. Unfortunately, every fiscal year, many school districts are forced to make tough decisions about which of their many essential programs to keep, remove, or delay. What some schools may not realize is that investing in technology can not only improve outcomes, but also foster flexibility, efficiency and innovation.
If the pandemic has shown anything clear, it is this: In our rapidly changing world, technology plays a critical role in the continuity of business and learning, and technology reductions and delays can make more sense. bad than good.
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A June report from the Hackett Group found that ‘digital world-class’ organizations that spend about 3% more on technology than their peers can achieve an estimated 29% decrease in technology-related costs, in the labor force. work, outsourcing and overheads in general and administrative functions.
Could school districts see a similar return on their technology investments? IT managers like Dwayne Alton, IT director for Lee County Schools, think they can. By working with his colleagues in finance, he says, he was able to plan strategic upgrades over time that resulted in significant savings for his Florida district.
K-12 digital transformation goes beyond savings
IT leaders leading digital transformation in K-12 districts are inspired by more than just cost control. For them, it’s a holistic business that encompasses back-end systems through classroom tools. Adopting a cloud infrastructure, for example, allows districts to host their own applications or deploy services such as data analysis as well as backup and restore.
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Other executives are finding that upgrades like the cloud contribute to efficiency and flexibility. “It has all of the network management in the cloud,” says Wade Grant, director of educational technology for the Vicksburg Warren School District. “You open up a web interface, and whether you’re in Timbuktu or Kalamazoo, you’re sitting there managing the network remotely. “
Finally, as schools continue to struggle with post-pandemic learning, technology upgrades may even help usher in a new educational paradigm that challenges how, when and where students learn.
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