Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 | Implementation Issues
Do not think for one moment that the cost of implementing ICT in schools is restricted to the cost of hardware. When contemplating to bring technology into your school for the first time, or to expand its use, consider the following:
The total cost of ownership of ICT in a school is much more than the initial cost – it includes recurring and hidden costs.
Recurring costs of ICT are those that come back again and again, such as software licence fees and often exceed the initial cost.
Hidden costs are those expenses that you don’t foresee when you purchase ICT equipment, such as additional training.
The main cost of installing ICT in your school may not be the technology itself but rather that of creating an appropriate infrastructure.
Never underestimate the cost of training teachers to equip them with the necessary skills to use ICT optimally.