Invest in Equipment or People?

We're in the unlikely position of having a little extra money to spend on technology, but my committee is divided as to how the money should be allocated. Roughly half of us wants more equipment but the other half wants professional development. Which would be most effective?

My own bias would be for additional professional development, but you should be making this decision based upon the results of local needs assessments. You say that the committee is divided, but what about the rest of the staff? What do informal classroom observations tell you about technology use at your school? Have you done any sort of technology-use audit for your school? This is the kind of data on which you need to base your decision, not just on the opinions of a few people.

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