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IEN Legislative Roadshow
The IEN spent the month of October traveling the state and bringing legislators and educators together to learn more about the services the network provides to schools and communities.
Over the course of the month, meetings were held in Blackfoot, Ammon, Twin Falls, Meridian, Weiser, Genesee, and Post Falls. In each location, participants observed a class being taught over the IEN, heard from users of the network in the region, and were given an update on the Universal Services Administrative Company’s review and Syringa Networks litigation.
Thanks to all who attended and participated in making the IEN Legislative Roadshow a success! To read more about the roadshow, visit our blog here.
- IEN 2014 Annual Report
- Region 1 Handout
- Region 2 Handout
- Region 3 Handout (Meridian)
- Region 3 Handout (Weiser)
- Region 4 Handout
- Region 5 Handout
- Region 6 Handout
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.
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.