The Institute for the Advancement of Emerging Technologies in Education (IAETE) in February announced the release of the K-12 TCO Calculator, a free online tool that helps schools estimate and evaluate their total cost of ownership (TCO) for technology products and services. The TCO Calculator enables school technology planners and administrators to estimate the cost of a five-year plan and see the long-range impact their decisions will have on their technology and overall school budgets. It also allows them to experiment with “what if” scenarios to investigate options and implications. “Pinpointing exact expenditures is difficult because not all schools are the same, but the calculator can definitely contribute to better-informed decisions,” said developer John Ross, associate director of IAETE. While most technology development plans would include items such as technical support, they might not consider the costs of items such as professional development, increased energy consumption, and building modifications. The TCO Calculator is designed to consider all of these factors and more. Users gather information and enter it into easy-to-use screens. The calculator estimates costs for a five-year period and includes breakdowns that show cost per student, projections for hardware and software purchases based on attendance figures, replacement costs based on average equipment life span, and much more. Results are displayed in table and graph formats.