When I was director of technology for a school in Chicago, I was responsible for choosing the right technology for our school. My team and I spent countless hours making important decisions that impacted administrators, teachers, and ultimately students.
One of the first things I considered was the initial cost of the device, software, or tool. However, one mistake I made was that I forgot about some of the other setup costs that popped up. For example, I didn’t consider:
- The cost of accessories such as dongles, which were needed for a device to be used.
- The cost of getting the tool integrated with other tools.
- The cost of customizing the tool to meet our specific needs.
I learned that the initial cost is more than the list price.
To learn more about the 17 Deadly Sins of Flipped Learning Technology Selection, you can take the free course at http://learn.FLGlobal.org
Read the introduction to the ‘Deadly Sins’ series here.
Read the second Deadly Sin, ‘Hidden Costs’, here.