July 6, 2006 By News Report
Among the key findings of the study: Over 87 percent of schools offering 1:1 computing report substantial academic improvement where results were tracked; superintendents rank low TCO (total cost of ownership) as the single most important factor in 1:1 computing implementation; and many school districts are unaware of a looming bandwidth crisis resulting from the growing number of student computers and applications.
The ADS 2006 findings have profound implications for legislators, students, educators and educational developers. "We believe this study has the potential to influence policy decisions and initiate the kind of in-depth discussions we need to have if we are to move forward in closing our achievement gap with other nations," said Arnie Glassberg, superintendent of San Lorenzo, Calif.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.