|Source: ESC-20’s IMA Basics|
The toughest questions for District folks is how to allocate funding over the biennium…save it for later? Some districts are also pondering whether they should spend precious funding to cover the cost of Technology Applications:TEKS curriculum for K-8. Some districts are pondering NOT buying curriculum and instead, crafting their own or adapting some from free resources.
We did make the purchase out of IMA funds. We felt we needed to so as to ensure coverage for the current school year. For 2012-2013, we are moving ahead with developing our in-house, blended curriculum and using Moodle as the course management system.
This is how I feel but unfortunately because of scheduling in grades 2-8, Technology Application TEKS are not being taught in a consistent manner, if at all, and IMA committee does not want to spend the money on the subscription for this school year, 11-12. Our subscription is up and the lab aids do not use it much and it is not used at all in middle school. When the state took the technology requirement away in grades 9-12 they sent a terrible message, they devalued the importance of technology.
Our district purchased it for K-3 only.
We purchased for 5th-8th. I don’t think I will continue with the subscription next year.I am curious to know if anyone has found a less expensive (or possibly free) alternative to Easy Tech?
We liked their system, but we are not renewing with IMA due to cost. Any good open source solutions?
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