From K-12 environments to university settings, administrators are seeking cost-effective, user-friendly systems that are easy to adapt for both students and faculty. Between interactive whiteboards to projection technology, speaker systems and more, the choice of options can be overwhelming. With so many available technologies and not enough dollars to spend it on, where can you turn to ensure the best investment for your school?
Show Me the Money!
Charles Blaschke, president and founder of Education Turnkey Systems, takes account of President Obama’s proposed changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and declares, “It’s a whole new ballgame.”
Blaschke’s company has tracked federal funding of education programs for nearly 40 years, and even he might need a scorecard to sort out the new players now that the Obama administration is moving away from formula grants to a greater reliance on competitive grants, and from 38 narrowly defined buckets of money to nine consolidated programs. The shift has introduced a host of new challenges for districts looking to use federal money to pay for some of their technology programs in 2011 and beyond.
In particular, the unclear status of Title II-D of the No Child Left Behind Act, Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), the last protected pocket of money for school technology, has districts and industry groups fearing the future of federal technology funding.
Blaschke and other industry experts are quick to point out, though, that even with EETT at stake, technology funds are far from dried up. You just may need to employ more creative strategies to tap into them–and they may be tucked away in places you hadn’t thought to look. We point the way to four distinct areas to take your search.
Click here to learn more about Tech Funding for your school, including rolling deadlines for various resources.
Ready to Take the Next Step?
K-12, higher education and training facilities require special attention to the needs of both the instructors and students. Integrating today’s technologies to expand teaching options through distance learning, visual presentation, and audience feedback increases learning and retention.
Click here to view AVI-SPL’s Project Portfolio page for an overview of our specialized solutions for educators.
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