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If policy is the “brains” behind an education technology initiative, then funding is surely the life-blood. Almost everyone involved with K-12 education today would agree that giving students access to the latest education technology is crucial to building essential 21st century skills. Yet the issue of funding these initiatives is far more complex. The costs and complexity required to implement technology programs are enough to discourage even the most valiant educator or administrator. Such programs also involve a considerable investment in time. Despite these challenges, countless schools and districts -- including those in low-income communities-- have found the funds to launch or expand winning technology projects.

Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and The Franklin Institute have announced a partnership with Dell to form a new “Center of Excellence in Learning.” 

Conducted by CoSN and MDR, the survey shows lack of classroom broadband and E-Rate funding as top issues for schools.

Hoping to avoid a crash-and-burn scenario? This annotated collection of resources offers oodles of advice on safely launching and sustaining one-to-one or BYO in your school or district.

Tablet computers -- including the consumer tablets that led the way -- have set new expectations for mobility and interactivity. But, as friendly as they might seem at first glance, consumer tablets come with many hidden costs for schools. Knowing your options can help you select tablets that are right for your K-12 setting.

An update on Project RED's Institutes, Signature Districts program, and web-based resources -- including several funding-oriented tools. [4-page brochure]

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