- Throw out those Tablet PCs. Yes, spinning the screen and touching it to move the cursor is really cool. It also costs over $1300 per machine.
- Replace them with $200 netbooks.
- Instead of loading each machine with Office and other expensive software, take advantage of cloud computing, free services like Google Docs, where students can access all the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation power they need for high school. Businesses are using cloud computing and online software services: Arista Networks chief Jayshree Ullal says innovation like this is saving 80% on her tech budget. (Ullal is all about cloud computing: read more on her blog!)
So we can keep doodling on our screens with $55 pens, or we can save millions of dollars. Hmm....
Information technology and economics are changing. Our public school tech budgets should change to take advantage of the newest, cheapest technology.