President Obama and the U.S. Department of Education are challenging the nation to connect every teacher and student to digital learning ready high-speed Internet, because 80 percent of schools nationwide don’t have enough speed for current learning and assessment needs.
We’re rising to meet the challenge and upgrade K-12 Internet by partnering with EducationSuperHighway to launch the Minnesota SchoolSpeedTest month.
Starting on October 28, 2013, any student, teacher, or school staff member can become part of the movement to upgrade Minnesota schools to high-speed Internet!
By collecting 10-20 SpeedTests at every one of Minnesota’s 2,400+ schools, we can get a picture of in-class Internet access that will make the case for bigger and better connections across the state. We’ll use this data to improve school networks and ensure our teachers and students will be free to use the best online tools to achieve success.> Learn more about the SchoolSpeedTest.
To be eligible for E-rate and Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Aid, districts must have an approved technology plan on file with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Submitted plans will be posted to the MDE website. Plans must include the following four components:
1. Technology Needs Assessment
2. Goals and Strategies
3. Professional Development plan
Technology plans that encompass July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015 should include links to locally developed supporting documentation such as district planning documents, survey instruments, etc., as appropriate.
Access the MDE Technology Needs Assessment here.
An updated template is provided below for technology plans that encompass July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015. Completed technology plans may be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you are using this new template and follow the submission guidelines found in the template.
MDE phased out the process of approving nonpublic school technology plans for E-rate eligibility purposes as of June 30, 2011. Nonpublic schools should visit the USAC website to find certified technology plan approvers for E-rate eligibility purposes.
If you have additional questions, please contact the USAC.
To view approved technology plans and approval letters, please visit the Data Center: Data Reports and Analytics: School Technology Plans and Approval Letters.