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IEN Receives USDA Grant to Expand Distance Learning in Rural Idaho
Funding supports ConnectED initiative to expand access to education
USDA announced that Idaho is one of 25 states to receive investment funds to expand distance learning opportunties to rural students. The grants for distance learning and telemedicine services helps support the federal ConnectED initiative, an effort to connect 99 percent of America's students to high-speed broadband over the next five years. The Idaho Education Network will purchase distance learning equipment for 62 K-8 schools in Idaho's most rural and economically challenged communities. Read the full announcement here.
E-Rate Forms Due FEBRUARY 24, 2014
Filing of E-Rate Paperwork for Funding Year 2014-2015
The IEN is preparing for the 2014-15 E-Rate filing for the Idaho Education Network consortium. We are requesting school districts complete the necessary documents and return them by February 24, 2014 to meet the federal filing deadline in March. Instructions and forms can be found here including contact information for questions.
How to Use Technology in Education
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Sugar Salem High School Speaks with President Carter
Students from Sugar Salem High School celebrated the anniversary of the the landmark Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) by joining President Carter on a live interactive videoconference on Monday, December 2, 2013. President Carter answered questions from Sugar Salem High School and four other schools after speaking about ANILCA, a conservation land act doubling the size of the National Park System in 1980. This videoconference event was part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project, a collaborative program sponsored by the U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, the National Park Service, the Internet2 Initiative, and other stakeholders.
For more information and teacher resources visit the National Park Service website or to learn more about the Presidential Primary Source Project, visit the Internet2 website. The connection from the Idaho Education Network to Internet2 was provided by the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON).
IEN recognized for Digital Innovation by the National Journal
Classrooms That Span the Vast Expanse
The National Journal just announced the Idaho Education Network as the winner in Digital Innovation for their annual Back in Business Special Report. This report celebrates pragmatic problem-solvers in business, the civic sector, local government, and partnerships that creatively combine all three. IEN figured out how to get a high-speed broadband network to students across the state to provide access, collaborations, and opportunities regardless of geographic location. Read more here.
IEN was also featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe edition.