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Fwd: LIVE WEBCAST: How much does it really cost to introduce and sustain computers in schools?

From: user 5.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9:44 PM
I will be the discussant tomorrow at this World Bank / Technology
Salon discussion; tune in!

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Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 4:18 PM
Subject: LIVE WEBCAST: How much does it really cost to introduce and
sustain computers in schools?

A World Bank ICT and Education Community of Interest Discussion, in coordination
 the e-Development Thematic Group, infoDev and the DC-based Technology Salon


 How much does it really cost to introduce and sustain computers in schools?
 Total Cost of Ownership (TCO):  A Study of Models of Affordable Computing for
                       Schools in Developing Countries

 The event will be webcast live via http://www.worldb...­
                    and archived for later viewing online.

 Speakers: Karen Coppock, PhD., VP of Consulting Services, and Brendan Smith,
                   Senior Consultant, Vital Wave Consulting

       Discussant: Jon Camfield, Director of ICT, Youth Service America

                      11am - 12:30pm EST (GMT- 5 hours)
                               6 November 2008
  Location: The World Bank "J" Building,[masked]th Street, NW, room J-B1-075

"Total cost of ownership" (TCO) is often underestimated, sometimes grossly, when
calculating costs of ICT in education initiatives in developing countries.
Estimates of initial costs to purchase equipment to overall costs over time vary
widely; typically they lie between 10-25% of total cost.  That said, there is a
dearth of reliable data, and useful tools, to help guide education
decisionmakers in their assessments of the true costs of educational technology

A  recent whitepaper from Vital Wave Consulting, "Affordable Computing for
Schools in Developing Countries: A Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Model for
Education Officials", and accompanying case study of ICT in education
initiatives in India, provide further insight and perspective on this important
and often controversial issue.    The white paper discusses key issues related
to technology use in education and presents several major findings, including:
     Academic research and private-sector investment decisions indicate that
     computers in schools contribute to improved academic outcomes, boost a
     nation?s economic competitiveness, and attract job-creating economic
     Governments need to consider the entire cost of school computing
     solutions, rather than merely the initial expenses. A total cost of
     ownership model takes into account recurrent and hidden costs such as
     teacher training, support and maintenance, and the cost of replacing
     hardware over a five-year period.
     Support and training are recurrent costs that constitute two of the three
     largest costs in the total cost of ownership model. They are greater than
     hardware costs and much higher than software fees.
     Ultra-low cost computers and Linux-based solutions are relatively equal in
     cost to traditional hardware and proprietary software solutions because
     they require higher labor and replacement costs over a five-year period.,
     The total cost of ownership for different computer types and software
     platforms is relatively consistent.

Please note that this independent study was commissioned by Microsoft.

Come join what we hope to be a lively presentation and discussion of the
findings of this study, their potential implications, and the underlying
methodologies and assumptions underpinning the models explored in this work.

We will kick off the discussion with comments from Jon Camfield, Director of
Information and Communication Technologies at YSA (Youth Service America), who
has co-authored an update to the TCO Tool for schools developed by the Global
e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI).  This tool, "Deploying 1:1
educational models in large scale: a practical budgeting tool based on TCO", is
available for free use under a Creative Commons License and is currently being
utilized as part of planning processes in Rwanda, drawing on lessons learned
from its earlier use elsewhere in Africa, most notably in Namibia.


For more information:

  Affordable Computing for Schools in Developing Countries: A Total Cost of
  Ownership (TCO) Model for Education Officials
  Affordable Computing for Schools in India: A Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  Case Study

  infoDev Knowledge Map: ICTs in Education: Costs

  GeSCI TCO Tool

                Logistics for participation in Washington DC:
  Registration is required for outside participants / non-World Bank staff.
 Please leave sufficient time (~ 15 minutes) to be processed through World Bank
 The J building is located 1/2 block off Pennsylvania Ave., entrance on 18th
                                 Street, NW..

Jon Camfield

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