U.S Public School IT Spending to Reach $9.5 Billion in 2006, Says IDC

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 30, 2002 – During the next five years, U.S. public school districts will substantially increase their IT-related expenditures as technology and traditional education resources become interwoven. Overall IT spending for this market segment will reach $9.5 billion by the 2005/2006 academic year. Fueling this growth will be investment intended for meeting the changing educational and administrative needs of schools and districts.


"As districts, schools, and most importantly, individual teachers become more comfortable using new media for instruction, spending on digital curriculum can be expected to grow rapidly in the coming years," said Stephen Webber, research analyst in IDC's K-College eLearning program.

Computer hardware will continue to make up the largest share of district technology budgets, accounting for 26% of spending in the 2005/2006 academic year. The K-12 market is moving from desktop PCs towards notebook computers and smart handheld devices. This shift will rapidly accelerate at the start of the 2003-2004 academic calendar.

Webber noted that educators and administrators have been increasingly interested in the idea of "one-on-one computing," where all students having some type of computer while in the classroom. "As the average cost of a portable computer slips below the key threshold of $1000, more and more districts will go the mobile route to equip their students."

As districts expand their purchasing of instructional technology, especially advanced computer hardware and digital curriculum and content, they will also increase training and support spending to realize the full potential of their investments. IT training comes to the forefront as teachers adopt "best practice" methods for integrating technology into their lessons.

"New emphasis will be given to IT training and support for teachers so technology investments do not languish and enthusiasm among educators is not squandered," Webber said.

IDC's new report Education eVolution: The U.S. Public K-12 Education IT Forecast, 2001-2006 (IDC#26999), discusses information technology spending across U.S. public school districts including computer hardware, IT training, service and support, digital and internet-based curriculum, and content software and networks. For more information or to purchase this document, call IDC's volume sales hotline at 508-988-7988 or email ctoffel@idc.com.

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