Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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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

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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.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

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.

Count of FY18 E-Rate RFPs show progress.

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Count of FY18 E-Rate RFPs show progress. Save the Children releases report on edtech and emergencies. The purpose of this report is to build an understanding of ‘what works’ in EdTech to ensure that children can learn in crisis or displaced settings. East Bay Edtech Symposium sees Record Breaking Participation. Diablo Unified School District’s East Bay CUE’s STEM and EdTech Symposium Feb.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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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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K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented. No longer just a haven for dusty books and stern shushes, the library is now a place for digital resources and makerspaces and flexible learning. The landscape of a K–12 library is changing with the times, and librarians oversee an important space for today’s modern learner. Student Feedback Can Be Helpful for Library Design.

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

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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).

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

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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.

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

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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. There’s also a feature that allows service providers and state leaders to see if a district has filed a Form 470, which is required in order to open up the competitive bidding process with E-rate.

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.

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K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn what K–12 schools can do to balance student privacy and security. For example, SonicWall ’s Content Filtering Service can “allow or deny access to sites based on individual or group identity — students, faculty, visitors — or by time of day, for more than 50 predefined categories,” Brian Patch of SonicWall told EdTech earlier this year. MORE FROM EDTECH: Get the top three tips students should know to master digital citizenship.

Simplifying School Safety and Regulatory Compliance

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Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about the men and women who are creating today’s EdTech companies. PublicSchoolWORKS became possible in the late ’90s when the government launched the E-Rate Program. Now, a central online incident library maintains the records, so the health and safety coordinator notices if a similar accident has previously occurred, which sheds light on potential prevention tactics.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

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From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. And your latest story, Benjamin, focuses on the Federal Communications Commission, and you talk about E-Rate. Benjamin Herold: One of the biggest, almost invisible federal funding streams for schools and libraries is the E-rate program.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“ New York City libraries have announced they plan to forgive the late fees of all children aged 17 and under in a one-time amnesty event,” The AP reports. Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” “ Internet Archive Hopes to Help Libraries Make Available Books Once Thought Trapped By Copyright,” writes Jen Howard. (National) Education Politics.

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” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The federal government is set to release data reports designed to help measure the performance of accrediting agencies , with metrics such as the graduation rates, debt, earnings and loan repayment rates of students who attended the colleges the accreditors oversee.”

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Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” ” Via The Consumerist : “New Chairman Orders FCC To Abandon Court Defense Of Rule Limiting Prison Phone Rates.” Also via Education Week : “Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program ’s Success.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Phishing Season: Widespread Email Scam Targets Schools, Edtech Companies.” Education Politics.

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” Via Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” ” Among The EdTech Fund’s investments : Teachboost and Citelighter. ” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.” The American Library Association announced its youth media awards.