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How much do I have to budget for classroom technology consumables?

Monday, December 13th, 2010 | technology | 2 Comments

One of the recurring costs of technology is consumables.  What is a consumable?  It is something that is depleted or worn out by use.  Cars consume oil and petrol – but also tyres and other parts that must be replaced owing to wear and tear.

Classroom technology devices also use consumables.  Unlike a car, not many parts inside the equipment need to be replaced as a result of being worn out.  An exception is the bulb of a data projector, which has a limited lifespan, and is costly to replace.

Other consumables are those things that you use while working with technology.  Here are few examples.

A printer uses toner or ink cartridges for printing.  The cost of these items can be contained by limiting the amount of printing you do.  Don’t forget that paper is also a consumable for which you have to budget.

A computer does not use any consumables, unless you want to transfer information from one computer to another.  Secondary storage devices, such as data or memory sticks, CDs and DVDs are used for this purpose.  You can cut down on the cost of these items by using re-usable ones.

Many technology devices require batteries, particularly those operated by means of remote control and wireless devices.

How much should you budget for consumables?  This question is the same as asking, “How much should you budget for petrol for you car?” It all depends on what model car you are driving, how much driving you do, and what the current price of petrol is.

The same is true of technology consumables.  The cost depends on three factors: 

  • the type of equipment you choose to use
  • the extent to which the equipment is used
  • the place where you purchase the consumables.

To a large extent you are in control of the consumables you use.  The potential need for them is certainly something you must bear in mind before you purchase technology for your classroom.

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How much should I budget for laptop consumables?

Saturday, March 14th, 2009 | laptops, resources | 1 Comment

This question is the same as asking: “How much should I budget for petrol for my car?” It all depends on what model car you are driving; how much driving you do; and what the current price of petrol is.

The same is true of laptop consumables.  The cost depends on three factors.

The type of equipment you use has an impact on the cost.  Scanners, for example, do not use any consumables.  Printers use paper and toner (ink) cartridges.  The type of printer determines the cost of the cartridge – it is important to know its cost before you purchase a printer.  A cheap printer may use expensive ink cartridges, while a more expensive printer may have a lower running cost.  Do cost comparisons before you purchase a peripheral.

The extent to which you are performing certain functions determines the amount of consumables you will use.  The more you print the more paper and toner you require. 
If you learn to work on-line your need for printing will reduce and the cost of consumables will come down accordingly.  When you feel that you simply cannot afford certain consumables, consider whether you could perhaps do without them.

The cost of consumables also depends on where you purchase them.  Shop around for the best prices – you will be surprised to see the variation of prices from different outlets.  Sometimes items such as data sticks are given away as promotional goods at trade fairs – look out for such opportunities and grab them.

Consider whether the use of all the peripherals available to you is really necessary.

You may be able to afford their initial cost, but the cost of consumables is a recurring one, which you need to budget for.

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What are laptop consumables?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | laptops | 1 Comment

A consumable is something that is depleted or worn out by use.  Laptop consumables are those items that are used by a laptop user and will have to be replaced.

Inside the laptop itself there are no components that are consumed.  Unlike a car, no oil is used and there are no parts that wear out and then need to be replaced as part of preventative maintenance.  However, some peripherals are great users of consumables.

The average laptop user will use some of the following consumables:

  • toner or ink cartridges for printing
  • paper for printing
  • data or memory sticks
  • CDs and DVDs
  • batteries for wireless mouse and keyboard.

Are there any consumables that you could add to the list?

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