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Subject:

Re: ED TECH UPDATE from DOE

From:

Bob Wickberg <[log in to unmask]>

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School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:03:24 -0400

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The promised update to the AUP does not appear to have been posted.    :-(

Bob Wickberg
Technology Coordinator
Brattleboro Union High School District # 6
802-451-3418

School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>Hello all:
>
>?
>
>I realize summer approaches quickly if not already for many of you.?? I
>wanted to get something out earlier on these topics, but was waiting for
>a couple of things to fall into place before doing so, but the timing
>isn't there, so I want to be sure these are on your radar for the summer
>into fall.?? I'll post this here and at Ed Tech listserv as well as make
>a Twitter posting and it will reside on the [
>http://education.vermont.gov/new/pdfdoc/pgm_edtech/EDU-End_of_Year_Summer_Update_from_Education_Technology_Office.pdf
>]DOE web too.???? 
>
>?
>
>End of School Year Brief Update for Summer considerations
>
>?
>
>Annual Tech Survey:
>
>There have been some notifications made in person about delivering out
>our ed tech annual survey again this spring to collect data from the
>school year that is just passing, 2010-11.? This survey has been DELAYED
>on our end because of an unknown in one of the questions the Federal
>USDOE has changed.? This is a required question, so we are holding the
>survey until they release the final language on it.? It is anticipated
>that we will send the survey out over the summer, (mid-July hoped) and
>then allow until September 15 for completion.? The VTDOE must submit
>results to USDOE around Sept. 30.?? If you check your email regularly
>over the summer, please be aware that it is coming.? A major point of
>contact for us here on the survey will be your CFP coordinator as many of
>those positions are year round and we can assume they will get the survey
>to the folks needed to complete it.? 
>
>?
>
>AUP:
>
>This has been long in coming, but the Vermont School Boards Association
>has completed their final review of the work that was begun with a small
>committee some time ago and they assure me that by July 4, there will be
>a new AUP guidance up at the VTVSBA website.? We will pass along that
>link when it is live.? There is more work probably needed on this topic
>coming up as we see more happening with local programs allowing
>student-owned devices and the coming wave of personal devices that
>students are using.? Social media policy guidance is also needed. ??
>
>?
>
>Technology Plans:
>
>We have an update/new season coming on Technology Plans.? The office of
>Education Technology is very aware of this and trying to move this
>process into our electronic grants management system.?? This way, schools
>could submit plans and generate letters of approval from the system. The
>summer will be the time set aside for developing this.?? We'll keep you
>informed as to the process and how to comply with your requirements on
>E-rate.? Currently, we are anticipating an "extension period" of our
>current plans as there are some things in the works that may impact the
>state plan in significant ways this fall. 
>
>?
>
>Broadband and Connectivity:
>
>There is a very active landscape out there right now concerning all
>things broadband.? "Letters of Intent", Grant offerings, new entities,
>DOE work with ENA, ?there are many things happening.?? A meeting with the
>superintendents association has been planned in the next couple of weeks
>to try to provide some guidance on all of this.? VTDOE legal is reviewing
>letters of intent at this point as well.?? Many exciting offerings are
>out there and we want to provide encouragement and guide schools to the
>best choices. 
>
>?
>
>Grant Evaluations:
>
>Many grant programs are "sun setting" this month and there are evaluation
>efforts ongoing for most all of them.? If you have received notices about
>surveys please complete promptly.? There have been some short surveys
>from the VTDOE on goal completion and funding and there have been more
>extensive surveys from our large scope evaluator, AIR, on the programs
>impact in schools. ??It is a bit confusing having multiple surveys but it
>is the best way to gather the information we need on monies at the local
>level and how they are being spent.? 
>
>?
>
>Some visits were conducted this year to schools with grants, but not
>enough.? The intent is to try to visit some schools from our
>Educate/Innovate program in the fall of this year.. please keep in mind
>as you wrap up this summer. ?There are obvious positive to impacts at the
>school level that we would like to see first-hand.? ??
>
>?
>
>Lastly, as you in the ed tech world are aware, Title IID is no more this
>year as far as any new funding.? Some schools and districts have "carry
>forward" which they must use up by next June (2012).? In all cases, this
>is a very small amount of money.? Your CFP coordinators have some ways
>they can access other funds in some cases, and they'll already know that
>detail. ??At any rate, we know this could be a challenging year ahead and
>we'll keep you abreast of any new developments in funding from the
>Federal level. ?
>
>?
>
>Thanks for ALL you DO to move our students forward in the 21st Century! 
>
>Hope to see some of you at the National Conference (ISTE) coming up next
>week.? ?Have a great summer!
>
>?
>
>Peter
>
>?
>
>Peter Drescher
>
>Education Technology Coordinator
>
>Vermont Department of Education
>
>120 State St.
>
>Montpelier, VT? 05620-2501
>
>802.828.5149 (ph)
>
>802.828.6563 (fax)
>
>[ mailto:[log in to unmask] ][log in to unmask]
>
>Twitter:? VTDOE_EdTech
>

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