SIIA Releases New Guide to the E-Rate 2.0

 For Immediate Release
SIIA Communications Contact: Allison Bostrom, 202.289.7442, abostrom@siia.net
PR Contact: Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, 608.216.7300, lauren@cblohm.com

SIIA Releases New Guide to the E-Rate 2.0
Resource provides education technology industry with program and market information to navigate the modernized E-Rate program

Washington, D.C. (June 2, 2015) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA, in partnership with Funds For Learning, announces the release of SIIA’s Guide to the E-rate 2.0. The guide reviews the FCC’s recent E-Rate modernization, including a summary of the significant update to its rules and eligible services, analysis of the evolving E-Rate market, and how the E-Rate affects school technology purchases and planning.

“The SIIA Guide to the E-Rate 2.0 adds to SIIA-ETIN’s growing library of resources tailored to the industry’s needs to translate government funding and regulations into actionable market intelligence,” said Mark Schneiderman, senior director, education policy, SIIA. “Following its recent landmark modernization and funding increase, the E-Rate is more important than ever to the K-12 sector, including enabling funding of and access to online software applications and digital resources. SIIA thanks Funds For Learning for partnering with us to synthesize the most critical E-Rate regulatory changes that the software and digital content industry needs to understand to do business in this new paradigm.”

Filled with expert analysis and insights, the guide provides program and market information to help education technology providers understand how the newly restructured E-Rate program will impact school district capabilities and needs for technology and digital content.

“SIIA’s Guide to the E-Rate 2.0 provides our staff with a valuable resource for not only understanding the changes to and complexities of the program, but more importantly for translating that information into guidance we can use to help our school customers leverage the program to support and access our product,” said Richard Blake, senior vice president public and governmental affairs, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

SIIA partnered with Funds For Learning on the guide because of the firm’s deep expertise in E-Rate compliance. Funds For Learning provides professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program to clients in all 50 states. CEO John Harrington is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost E-Rate advocates.

View the Executive Summary

To receive the full report, contact Allison Bostrom at abostrom@siia.net

About the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA 
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 of SIIA’s 800 member companies worldwide that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. SIIA-ETIN shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, government relations, corporate education, intellectual property protection, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/etin.

About Funds For Learning
Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student Internet access. For more information, visit http://www.FundsForLearning.com or phone 405-341-4140.

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TeacherLists Announces ‘Schools Work Smarter’ Sweepstakes

$5,000 will be awarded to one school to enhance community

Wrentham, MASS. (June 2, 2015) – TeacherLists, the smarter way to manage, share and find school supply lists, announces the ‘Schools Work Smarter’ sweepstakes that will award $5,000 to one school. For the chance to win, an educator, school or office administrator, or a school volunteer must upload or update their school’s 2015-2016 school supply lists on TeacherLists.com, and then add the link provided by TeacherLists to the school’s website.

“TeacherLists is committed to making back-to-school and the annual school supply list process simple for educators and parents,” said Tim Sullivan, founder of TeacherLists. “By awarding this prize, we strive to help schools simplify yet another of those processes that can sometimes drive parents mad.”

TeacherLists users, defined as anyone who coordinates the school supply list process at a given school, such as school secretaries, technology coordinators, school PTO and PTA volunteers, and school principals, can enter for a chance to win the award on behalf of their respective schools. A free account is required in order to create or upload supply lists but no purchase is required to enter. Users have until August 31, 2015 to complete the steps required to apply for the contest.

A 21st century school supply lists solution, TeacherLists provides educators and administrators a more efficient process to upload and update supply lists year-to-year and provides a mobile-friendly platform for parents to find or print the necessary lists. Free-of-charge for schools and parents, TeacherLists is web-based and easily accessed on a desktop, tablet or smartphone. To streamline the process for parents, TeacherLists is also available at select major national retailers and web properties. The online school supply lists provide parents the freedom of instantly finding and organizing the most updated school supply lists, twenty four-seven.

For more information and the official rules, visit http://www.teacherlists.com/schools-work-smarter.

About TeacherLists
TeacherLists is the smarter way to manage, find and share school supply lists for teachers and parents, free-of-charge. After uploading a school supply list once, educators can easily update and link the list to a school or personal website. TeacherLists provides parents the freedom of accessing and finding the most updated school supply list, twenty four-seven. For more information about TeacherLists, visit http://www.teacherlists.com.

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Coachella School District First to Deploy iPad® Devices 1:1 to All Students and Teachers in Pre-K Through 12th Grade

03.06.15 by LocknCharge in Industry News, News, Product News, Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Coachella School District First to Deploy iPad® Devices 1:1 to All Students and Teachers in Pre-K Through 12th Grade

District Partnered with LocknCharge to Provide Charging Carts to Keep their Investment of More Than 20,000 iPad Devices Safe, Ready to Use, and Easily Accessible in Class

PALM SPRINGS, CA, June 2, 2015 – Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) took a giant technology leap forward in the 2013-2014 school year leading the nation as the first district to deploy iPads® in Pre-K through 12th grade to students and teachers. The District chose LocknCharge’s EVO 40 Carts to deploy and simultaneously to ensure that those 20,000 devices would be protected and fully utilized by teachers and students once available. CVUSD Superintendent Daryl Adams’ initiative to change the future and improve college readiness for his students with the 1:1 iPad deployment was so impactful, he was recognized by President Obama as one of the top 100 most innovative superintendents last fall.

When Adams came to the District, only 16% of CVUSD students who went on to college were graduating and he knew that they were not prepared for success after high school. His vision was of leveling the playing field for all of his students with technology to transform the district into a 21st Century model. With a student population of 19,500 spread out over 22 schools, CVUSD is challenged as one of the poorest school districts in the United States, with 90% qualifying for free or reduced cost lunches and with a population that is 97% Hispanic.

The passing of a $42 million technology bond in 2013 was a game changer for the District, signaling that the District and community were making a true investment in the future of their students. It made the 1:1 iPad technology investment for every student and teacher achievable. Preparing their students for college, career and citizenship was a core tenant of Adam’s initiative and there was no roadmap for how to accomplish this. It had never been done before.

“When we learned about LocknCharge and what they offered, we knew it was the ultimate solution to ensure the devices were taken care of and protected,” said Daryl Adams, Superintendent of Coachella Valley Unified School District. “Devices would be charged and ready to go every day the student came to school. We looked at a lot of different carts and by far the LocknCharge Cart was the most secure.”

“When President Obama brought the top 100 most innovative superintendents to D.C., including myself, it was a great pride that I felt representing this community. The President recognized that innovative approach we have. For the community, it really validated what we were doing and for our partners who have helped us get here, like LocknCharge, it validates for all of us that we’re on the right path. We’re doing the right thing to educate our students.”

Michelle Murphy, Executive Director of Technology Services, led the technology team of the CVUSD iCenter, in creating a plan on how to provide 18,000 iPad® devices in their first year of deployment, knowing that the impossible is possible with hard work and collaboration. The first step was securing funding, through a $42 million technology bond to upgrade digital infrastructure increasing Wi-Fi access points and bandwidth, as well as to purchase the devices. To prove to voters that this bond was worth passing, the district established an iPad deployment pilot.

“In the beginning, there was no roadmap. So it wasn’t like you could call someone to say, hey, how do you do this?“ said Michelle Murphy, Executive Director of Technology Services at CVUSD.  “So we worked strategically with some of our partners. We really wanted to know, ‘How do we charge the devices? How do we protect the devices? How do we get them to sites and into the hands of students?’ So LocknCharge demonstrated the carts for us and what was most important was ease of use in the classroom and keeping them secure and charged at the same time.

“No iPads have been stolen since they have been in the Carts! We had one break in. They tried to get into the Cart, but did not succeed.”

Deployment Plan
            Once CVUSD decided to go with iPad devices, this led the team to find the best partners in the industry to assure the pilot and deployment went smoothly. The project plan included sourcing everything from iPad cases to security software to syncing technology to finding a way to secure and charge their devices. Everything was standardized to make the deployment go smoothly.

The criteria for selecting vendors was stringent. They needed to be hyper-responsive to the district’s needs as they flowed through the stages of deployment, provide expertise in deployments and assure the lofty investment the district was making in devices was protected and fully utilized once deployed.

LocknCharge met with CVUSD in the summer prior to the pilot deployment to showcase the EVO 40 Cart, a solution that secures and charges 40 iPad devices and features Baskets to easily deploy devices in a classroom. The CVUSD team quickly realized that the quality of the Cart, the speed to wire and set up the Cart and the Basket ecosystem were unlike anything they’d seen to date. It is extremely secure and, with the two side-opening doors, offers multiple access points to the devices within a classroom.

Implementation
The EVO 40 Cart solves the problem of storing, charging and protecting iPad devices in schools.  CVUSD teachers worried about how they would charge and manage 25 to 30 iPad devices in each classroom, but the rolling, high-quality steel Cart makes organizing and charging mobile devices in the classroom simple, taking that weight off of their shoulders. The Cart eases and speeds up device distribution and sharing through the ergonomic Baskets by LocknCharge. The Cart includes eight removable Baskets that hold up to five devices each and is designed to enable several people to access it at once.

“Teachers were complaining about how fast you could get the devices out and in every day,” said Murphy. “And the baskets. They absolutely love the baskets! Instead of needing 30 kids to go to the cart, you only need four or even two. So it helped get to instruction quicker.”

A three-minute video about CVUSD’s story, featuring interviews with Adams and Murphy is posted athttp://www.lockncharge.com/coachella-valley-unified-school-district-case-study/ .

Availability

The EVO 40 Cart is available to schools now through the Apple Store or their education reseller. For information, questions or advice in deploying mobile devices, LocknCharge is available to help at 888-943-6803 or educators can visitwww.lockncharge.com.

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Conference Provides Opportunity to Learn from Higher-Ed Tech Experts

BOSTON – Collegiate technology professionals – including CIOs, instructional designers, campus IT administrators and faculty members from across the country – will have an opportunity to learn about cutting edge innovations in higher education technology when they assemble July 27-30 for the 22nd annual Campus Technology (CT) summer conference at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

CT will provide an environment where attendees can share experiences and network, while obtaining the most up-to-date information about technology products, services, applications, software, devices and quantitative tools available to private, public, community and online colleges and universities across the country.

“As higher education continues to migrate to technology-based connected campuses, educating administrators has never been more important,” said Mike Eason, CT general manager. “CT 2015 will provide attendees the information they need to create secure and innovative campuses across the country.”

CT 2015 will feature a variety of general and informative breakout sessions, an exhibit hall packed with the latest products and applications, keynotes and comprehensive workshops where attendees can dive into the newest digital technology solutions.

“In an age of digital disruption, we are proud to host several distinguished keynote speakers at CT 2015,” said Eason. “Our speaker lineup features thought leaders who inspire technological transformation in higher education.”

The opening keynote speaker for CT 2015 will be Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc. LeBlanc is innovating higher education with College for America, a new program that replaces the three credit course system with self-paced exams and 120 core competences. TheWednesday keynote speakers include Xavier University CIO Shawn Nason and MakerBot Vice President of Professional Services Jordan Brehove, who will discuss the emergent role of 3D printing in higher education. CT’s closing keynote speaker will be cybersecurity expert and California State University Chief Information Security Officer William Perry.

Campus Technology 2015 will feature two new focus areas for attendees, including CIO: Next Generation and Higher Ed IT in the Digital Age. The conference also offers content focusing on IT Leadership and Policy; Online and Blended Learning; Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age; and IT Management and Networking.

CT will be co-located with the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) for the 2015 conference, “Moving Beyond ‘One-Size-Fits-All.’” This ePortfolio conference will target three strategic and transformative approaches: evidence-based learning, personalized learning and holistic outcomes assessment. Participants are eligible to attend sessions at both conferences to maximize their learning.

For more information regarding conference registration packages, sessions, speakers, workshops and general conference details, visitcampustechnology.com/summer15. Join the conversation by following the conference on Twitter (@CT_Events) and using and searching the hashtag (#CampusTech). For even more CT updates, “like” Campus Technology Events on Facebook and join the Campus Technology Events LinkedIn group. View CT 2014 session videos on the Campus Technology Events YouTube channel.

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About Campus Technology
The Campus Technology annual summer conference is the nation’s premier higher education technology conference, where leading innovators and experts in technology for higher education guide faculty, instructional designers, eLearning program managers, information technologists, and campus administrators into the new realm of teaching and learning using the latest in applications, social software and immersive platforms. Each conference provides a collegial environment in which attendees can exchange experiences and network with other attendees, as well as discover the latest in technology products, services and applications in all platforms, software, presentation devices, quantitative tools and technologies.

About LRP Conferences, LLC

LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually including: Campus Technology Conference, Campus Technology Forum, Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), HR in Hospitality Conference, HR Technology® Conference & Exposition, and National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo.

About LRP Publications

LRP Publications, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is known as educators’ most trusted source for practical and legal education administration guidance and produces newsletters (Education Daily®), books, pamphlets, DVDs, audio conferences, eLearning courses, online services (Title1admin®.com, EducationDaily.com® and Special Ed Connection®.com) and training tools to help educators implement sound programs and avoid compliance errors related to Title I, autism, discipline and more. LRP also produces professional education conferences including: National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities® and Special Education School Attorneys Conference. For a complete list of LRP products, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.

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Nevada Lawmakers Pass K-12 “Education Savings Account” Law

Bill gives all Nevada public school students funding accounts to customize their education

 

Carson City—Late Friday the Nevada Legislature gave final approval to SB 302, a bill that would create “education savings accounts” for all k-12 students. SB 302 is sponsored by Sen. Scott Hammond. Governor Sandoval will have five days to sign or veto the bill.

 

These education savings accounts would give students a portion of their share of state education funding that could be spent to customize their educations. Funds can be used on private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, distance education tuition, nationally norm referenced test fees, special education services, transportation expenses (up to $750), and online curriculum. Funds can even be saved from year to year so that when a student graduates from high school, they can use their funds for college tuition.

 

All Nevada public school students will be eligible for the accounts, which will be worth approximately $5,000 per school year. Students with special needs and students from low-income families will receive 100 percent of their share of state funding; all other students will receive 90 percent of their share of funding.

 

“Every child deserves an education that meets his or her needs. And parents need to be empowered to choose what’s best for their children. With an Education Savings Account, parents can have a flexible approach to their child’s learning. And that will give every child the chance to reach his or her full potential,” said Jonathan Butcher, the education policy director at the Goldwater Institute, the organization that developed the idea for the K-12 education savings account. “This is what the future of education should look like for students all over the U.S.”

 

Arizona, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee have all passed legislation that creates similar accounts. Arizona and Florida’s laws are in place today and thousands of families are using the accounts to customize their child’s learning environment. Mississippi and Tennessee passed their education savings accounts laws this year.

 

The Nevada Public Research Institute, the Friedman Foundation, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education all worked with lawmakers to craft this bill.

 

“Nevada lawmakers are capitalizing on the success of education savings accounts in Arizona and Florida in order to bring hope to families across their state. Surveys of families using education savings accounts in Arizona find high levels of satisfaction with the program,” said Butcher. “Parents want quality educational choices for their children, and we have seen first-hand how excited they are to use education savings accounts to give their children the very best education possible.”

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