Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds. Investment in these areas and a strategy for obtaining E-Rate discounts should be part of every district’s five- or ten-year technology plan, so that schools can continue to have reliable service that accommodates changing needs.

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades. With support from the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as E-rate , TCSD was able to upgrade the entire district in two years — and with an 85 percent equipment discount. “We We couldn’t have the bandwidth that we currently provide to students without E-rate,” says Daryl Shelton , information systems director for the California district. “It How E-Rate 2.0

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TCEA 2019: 5 Ways to Improve Your E-Rate Process

EdTech Magazine

TCEA 2019: 5 Ways to Improve Your E-Rate Process. As the Federal Communications Commission weighs potential changes to the E-rate program, consultant Deborah Sovereign shared some of her predictions about its likely course of action at the Texas Computer Education Association Convention & Exposition in San Antonio on Tuesday. . Sovereign and Martinez presented several best practices that can guide districts to E-rate success.

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K–12 E-Rate Requests Slow Even As Money Is Available

EdTech Magazine

K–12 E-Rate Requests Slow Even As Money Is Available. While E-rate offers $3.9 Unused funds are rolled over into the next year, so there is plenty of money available for districts that need it , says Brian Stephens, the E-rate consulting firm’s senior compliance analyst. . The decline in applications is due to funding caps for Category Two equipment and phase-out of support for voice services, plus the perception that E-rate is complex, Stephens says.

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CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit. If you’re using E-rate funds , prepare to be reviewed or audited. Most people don’t know what E-rate is until something goes wrong.”. Last year, E-rate applicants were asked to repay more than $60 million because of audit findings and other disputes, Cruzan said. Dickerson said E-rate has benefitted her district of 30,500 students and 3,500 employees on 43 campuses across St.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? The cost, plus it’s easy manageability and durability, made Chromebooks a main player in the edtech game. In 2012, Chromebooks accounted for only 1% of the devices sold to US classrooms; now, they make up more than half of the edtech market.

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. Especially important is a strategy to align digital learning plans to participation in the E-rate program and any state programs designed to meet similar ends (including those beyond K-12 education that support broadband build out to universities, hospitals, libraries, or public safety institutions). The glasses have been raised.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). Tagged on: April 21, 2017 Making Student Data More Usable: What Innovation Theory Tells Us About Interoperability | Education Next → Interoperability is an issue in the market of edtech devices, apps and services. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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3 Steps Budget-Conscious Schools Can Take to Upgrade Infrastructure

EdTech Magazine

Here are three steps district leaders interested in upgrading infrastructure can take to get on the path toward tech innovation: SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Seek Out E-Rate Funding. One way that school districts can easily stay on budget when updating networking infrastructure is with help from the E-rate program. 3 Steps Budget-Conscious Schools Can Take to Upgrade Infrastructure. meghan.bogardu….

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). Tagged on: April 21, 2017 Making Student Data More Usable: What Innovation Theory Tells Us About Interoperability | Education Next → Interoperability is an issue in the market of edtech devices, apps and services. EdTech News News news OER

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Now you can install Securly from a web browser

Securly

Since the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000, web filtering has been required for schools that seek e-rate funding. With this update, Securly eliminates the complexity of network based web-filters with the simplicity of EdTech tools like Remind and ClassDojo. For more information, contact support@securly.com.

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Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

In addition, even schools with the appropriate infrastructure in place to support e-learning haven’t met the Federal Communications Commission’s long-term connectivity goal of 1 gigabit per second per 1,000 users. . MORE FROM EDTECH : Find the information you need to prepare for your E-Rate application. Tips for Moving Forward on E-Learning. Every state has an E-rate coordinator,” Stephens said in an interview.

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Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

Edsurge

We live in a very rural state and our fiber connectivity is not comparable to what you would have in some large populous states,” said Tom Hering, Director of Information Technology at Great Falls Public Schools in Montana. “We They turned to E-rate, the $3.9 Public schools can apply for annual funding through E-rate, which involves itemizing the services they currently pay for, what providers they are buying from and how much they are spending for their broadband.

?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online

Edsurge

E-Rate , an FCC program that provides funding to help schools and libraries build fiber infrastructure and expand their wi-fi and broadband networks. With more E-Rate data comes a more detailed picture for the state of internet connectivity. As more fiber networks have been established—largely due to subsidies provided by E-Rate and work by state leaders—more schools have also been able to get the wi-fi they need.

How to Protect K–12 Networks From Student Hackers

EdTech Magazine

While external cybercriminals seek Social Security numbers and financial information using ransomware, student hackers commit inside jobs with the hope of changing grades, stealing passwords, infecting computers with malware, accessing or hijacking secure school or district websites or even posting inappropriate images. MORE FROM EDTECH: Here are some cybersecurity tools K–12 schools should have to protect against ransomware. How to Protect K–12 Networks From Student Hackers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Tagged on: March 18, 2017 Google vows to fight warrant for all who looked up Edina resident's name online | StarTribune.com → Internet giant Google is vowing to fight a search warrant demanding that Edina police be able to collect information on any resident who used certain search terms as authorities try to locate a thief who swindled a resident out of $28,500. Blog EdTech News News news

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

That means we shouldn’t just use edtech to replace worksheets, run “drill and kill” exercises, or crunch assessment performance numbers. Students have fewer barriers to learning when they can use their tablets or laptops not only to find homework instructions, read e-books, and share important information with their families, but to create and work on independent projects, research topics that interest them, and connect with subject experts.

8 Steps to Create a Successful Modern Learning Space

EdTech Magazine

In CDW’s modern learning environment engagements with numerous school districts across the country, the following best practices have emerged: SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Many school districts fund essential networking upgrades through the federal Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund , more commonly referred to as E-rate. by EdTech Staff. 8 Steps to Create a Successful Modern Learning Space.

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Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Find out how one-to-one computing programs are boosting digital equity for K–12 students. Incorporating internet use into learning can provide numerous benefits , including increased collaboration, access to additional informational resources and remote learning capabilities. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Read about how K–12 schools are addressing digital equity with curriculum framework. Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap? eli.zimmerman_9856.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. She maintains that most technology is still designed like a desktop machine, commanding users’ full attention for them to receive any useful information. MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation. We hope you will stay after CoSN2020 for the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit in partnership with ISTE, SETDA and SIIA.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. She maintains that most technology is still designed like a desktop machine, commanding users’ full attention for them to receive any useful information. MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation. We hope you will stay after CoSN2020 for the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit in partnership with ISTE, SETDA and SIIA.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. She maintains that most technology is still designed like a desktop machine, commanding users’ full attention for them to receive any useful information. MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation. We hope you will stay after CoSN2020 for the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit in partnership with ISTE, SETDA and SIIA.

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

EdTech Magazine

As K–12 schools continue their E-rate processes for 2019, districts should be considering what tools are worth investing in to provide their students with the best outcomes in the coming year. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out what administrators should consider when integrating new education technology! Digital transformation in schools is already happening at a rapid rate, and there seems to be no sign of slowing down.

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Content Monitoring Tools Help K–12 IT Officials Patrol Internet Boundaries

EdTech Magazine

Reports went to an assistant principal or dean at each school, on to the child’s counselor, and then the parents were contacted, all very rapidly,” says Lenon Harvey, PCSD’s director of information services. “We MORE FROM EDTECH: Read more about how web filters keep students safe! Information Services Project Manager Justin Lehtinen cautions that content monitoring can result in a flood of alerts, and that districts need clear protocols to deal with them. “It’s

3 Ways to Achieve a Successful School Improvement Initiative

EdTech Magazine

Using that information, administrators chose to integrate DreamBox , a software solution designed to help math teachers teach and assess students. SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! In Illinois, Cicero Public School District 99 was able to utilize E-rate funding to provide individual Chromebooks to students as part of its one-to-one education program. . 3 Ways to Achieve a Successful School Improvement Initiative.

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CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. She maintains that most technology is still designed like a desktop machine, commanding users’ full attention for them to receive any useful information. MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation. We hope you will stay after CoSN2020 for the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit in partnership with ISTE, SETDA and SIIA.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. She maintains that most technology is still designed like a desktop machine, commanding users’ full attention for them to receive any useful information. MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation. We hope you will stay after CoSN2020 for the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit in partnership with ISTE, SETDA and SIIA.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. She maintains that most technology is still designed like a desktop machine, commanding users’ full attention for them to receive any useful information. MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation. We hope you will stay after CoSN2020 for the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit in partnership with ISTE, SETDA and SIIA.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. She maintains that most technology is still designed like a desktop machine, commanding users’ full attention for them to receive any useful information. MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation. We hope you will stay after CoSN2020 for the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit in partnership with ISTE, SETDA and SIIA.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. She maintains that most technology is still designed like a desktop machine, commanding users’ full attention for them to receive any useful information. MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation. We hope you will stay after CoSN2020 for the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit in partnership with ISTE, SETDA and SIIA.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director.

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

EdTech Magazine

In the survey, nearly 500 IT leaders offer information about their challenges and priorities, salaries and budgets. For the first time, the report asked survey respondents to share their district-level technology budget information. IT leaders say they use funds from the E-rate program and delay replacement or defer maintenance/upgrade contracts as a strategy to overcome budget issues. Jena Passut is the managing editor of EdTech: Focus on K–12.

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes

EdTech Magazine

Schools should also take care to protect student information as they might healthcare information — student privacy is often an area people neglect.”. SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Technology is in constant flux and data centers must evolve at the same rate. How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:12.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tagged on: March 8, 2017 The History of the Future of E-rate | Audrey Watters → The decision by the new FCC to rescind its report on E-rate raises plenty of questions about the future of the program under President Trump. Government Websites | ITIF → The public relies on federal websites to access information and services from the U.S. Blog EdTech News News news

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10 Big Ideas for Technology Integration

Learning in Hand

I often tweet about what he posts on his informative instructional technology blog. E-Rate funding requirements state schools need to "provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response." They include the Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Blog , The EdTech Takeout podcast , and the Makerspace Show