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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What's it worth to you?

A fellow named Doug Johnson, who has strong street cred in education and technology, posted this fascinating commentary yesterday about how to save money using technology, specifically Google Docs.

His street cred in education tech is deep: he directs Media and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools, which is a district of about 7200 students and 3,000 supported computers. He believes he'll get a whopping big cost savings in printing/copying supplies, cutting those expenditures by 20% a year. Even taking a whack at his estimate, he gets to a savings of $200K/year (out of a $1.2 M budget).

That's big.

It also gets at a question that I've been wondering about: have schools saved anything, so far, because of their use of computers? Have they been able to do literally anything that they haven't done in the past?

Schools that answer "no" have simply added to their expenses without any benefit. It's time to change that answer to "yes."

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