June is high season for edtech trade shows. First came Infocomm, which this year was in Las Vegas, and is devoted to all things AV. It’s interesting to traipse the show floor and gape at all the techno eye candy geared for corporate and other institutional applications: space-age videoconferencing, super high-resolution projectors, slick interactive presentation software, etc.
Then there was the stuff for K-12. It’s usually over in far corner with most of last year’s models. It may as well have clearance sale tags. So it goes for the perceivedas- poor K-12 school district techie. No matter how cutting edge you may want to be, money will always be an object. Which is why each year we take one issue and devote it entirely to the issue of money—how to get it, how to save it, and how to spend it. In “Keeping Track”, we survey districts that use asset management software to find cost savings. In “Go Green to Save Green”, contributor Sascha Zuger tracks down how to keep costs lower by expending less energy. And in “(not so) Easy Money”, we had six IT directors share their fiscal pain and what they do to combat it. As Mick Jagger once crooned: “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.”
How do you deal with money issues? Go online to techlearning.com and share your tips. We’re all in this together!Here’s to continuing the conversation.
— Kevin Hogan