Maine - Estimates that it will cost between $15 and $20 million a year -- about 1 percent of the education budget -- to put computers in all the middle and high school grades (Curtis, 2003, pg .1).

Stillwater Area Public Schools- MN

  • Superintendent Keith Ryskoski
  • suburban district outside of St. Paul, 5300 residents, 3000 students K-12, 7-9 grade students participating in Jr. High (about 900)
  • primary funding through tax levy increase, reallocation of dollars from paper, textbooks, etc

  • Parents were not asked to pay for this - were asked to pay first $100 of any damage that occurred (anything over is district expense) to help provide ownership
  • looked at costs through cost/benefit analysis (with IT professionals from community)
    • tangible benefits - textbook savings, lease (copiers/printed materials) savings (increase in electronic communication rather than paper)
    • intangible benefits - teachers saved minutes/days when don't have to hand in/out graded student work, no need for computer labs (re-purposing of areas), reduced cost of electric bills, etc
  • cost/student/day=$2.52 ($1.45 when factoring in tangible and intangible benefits)
  • students grasp/demonstrate learning through the technology that is in their hands during all hours of the day
  • sustaining funding - increased request for software funding by teachers, local companies stepping up for some of these items as the program continues
  • ongoing technology staff development to support and teach integration of technology through all lessons (not seen as an add-on but as an integral part of student learning)

Kutztown Area School District, PA
  • Superintendent (former) Dr. Brenda Winkler
  • K-12, 1700 students, 630 High School (where 1:1 is located), 50 H.S. faculty & 120 k-12 faculty, diverse socio-economic (7% free/reduced lunch), residential with some farmland
  • 4 elementary and a middle school - newly renovated to include technology, HS not renovated, lack of funding - instead provide 1-1 to HS students and every faculty member for school/home use
  • 4 years of use so far
  • funding for 1 to 1 came from local tax dollars and education foundation ($33,000 for unanticipated expenses)
  • strong support from community, civic clubs, business, & internet providers - school works to keep these groups updated and groups are willing to budget and help as can with funding
  • Apple - included training of teachers - value of ownership increased much more than cost investment (leveling of playing field for all students and revitalization of staff)
    • 4 years lease - with known cost for each year (wished it were a rolling lease - laptop student can keep for 4 years)
    • for sustained funding - have to have buy-in of staff, students, parents, and community
  • Challenges
    • convince board that giving students 1 to 1 would add rigor, relevance, and achievement (brought Apple in for presentation)
    • finances (funding), 6 months to negotiate agreement

Kenosha Unified School District, WI
  • Bill Johnston, Executive Director of Business
  • 23,000 students, 41% free/reduced
  • Middle School 1 to 1 began in 2005-06 with pilot program, roughly 600 students in 3 grade levels
    • phased into high school, beginning with 9th grade, in 2007-08, 340 students
  • Fit with strategic (achievement) as well as technology plan for district
  • funding in 3 phases
    • pilot 2005-06, 7-8 grade
    • 2006-07, 212 laptops purchased + 70 more from other departments for 7-8 graders - fully implemented during rest of year, committed $150,000/year
      • funding for special education helped with funding due to ability to differentiate through laptop (1 to 1) use

Funding & Grants

Funding Your One-to-One Vision
K12 Blueprint, Underwritten by Intel (2007)
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"It is well known that one-to-one computing makes a real difference in student learning. Many states and districts struggle with ways to fund their programs. There are solutions out there that work." This e-Book is user friendly and gives additional links, information, and direction to finding funding for their respective initiatives.

Ed Tech Action Network (ETAN)
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California teacher tells how he won grants galore for equipment
Feci, B. (2008). "California teacher tells how he won grants galore for equipment." Technology Grant News. Retrieved from Technology Grant News:

Universal Service Administrative Company
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The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as "E-Rate," is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. It is one of four support programs funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.

Grant information: Resources to get you started
A variety of links to websites which provide grant funding opportunities.
N/A. "Grant information: Resources to get you started." Retrieved March 25, 2009, from

Technology Grant Opportunities


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Johnston, B. (n.d.). Multiple funding resources for 1 to 1. Retrieved January 14, 2009, from

Ryskoski, K. (n.d.). Per student cost of 1 to 1. Retrieved January 14, 2009, from

Winkler, B. (n.d.). 1 to 1 cost vs. value. Retrieved January 14, 2009, from Ryskoski, K. (n.d.). Per student cost of 1 to 1. Retrieved January 14, 2009, from