The E-rate program can be a challenge for K–12 districts to navigate, even as it allows many schools to achieve technology initiatives that otherwise might not be possible. As the Federal Communications Commission considers recommended changes to the E-rate program, Eric Chambers of the Northwest Council for Computer Education says that one potential change may be increased funding for small districts. He advises that districts, regardless of size, create five-year E-rate plans to facilitate both project management and funding.
CDW and Lightspeed Systems introduced a new data analytics platform for K–12 schools at the CoSN 2019 conference in Portland on Tuesday. Analytics Powered by Relay is a dashboard solution that supports visibility into application usage, mobile device management, student success initiatives, cybersecurity and data privacy. The platform empowers IT leaders, instructional technologists and administrators to make data-driven decisions and maximize their investments in educational technology.
Organizational silos are just as detrimental in K–12 education as they are in companies. Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise, says that stronger collaboration between IT staff and instructional technologists makes it easier for districts to achieve desired advances.