When speaking with our customers and prospects in the K-12 community, we hear time and again that budget restrictions are a daily reality.
At the same time, these educators fully understand that in order to prepare the next generation for success in the 21st century economy, a “mixed” learning environment (where new, innovative technologies are incorporated into more traditional curriculum) helps to better engage students and improve academic performance.
From the boardroom to the barroom, American citizens, including President Obama, instinctively know that our K-12 public education system needs to be invigorated. From the President’s State of the Union address this week:
Give [schools] the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. And in return, grant schools flexibility: to teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test.
But, how can communities that may be struggling financially obtain the resources required to recognize flexibility, creativity and passion?
In this week’s EdTech Digest, Renee Patton, Cisco’s U.S. Public Sector Director of Education, outlined four “hidden” funding solutions for K-12 schools to consider when moving ahead with a purchase of collaboration or e-learning technology.
One resource detailed is Cisco Capital, a program that is uniquely positioned to provide the most aggressive and flexible financing for Cisco technology and services. With Cisco Capital, public sector clients, like K-12 schools, have the financial agility they need to evolve their IT infrastructure as demands grow and technology advances. As the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend continues to gain momentum in schools across the country, K-12 schools are forced to support the network infrastructure required for students to have instant access to the Internet. With corporate payment plan programs like Cisco Capital, schools are able to get the most from their budget without overextending.
To learn more about Cisco Capital and our other three “tips,” check out the full EdTech Digest article here: Dollars and Sense: Funding e-Learning Technology for K-12 Schools.