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Ryan Jonas

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Does anyone have a policy around crowdfunding for classroom technology?
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We use our board policy around gifts to schools and fundraising. The process brings us in early in the conversation to discuss any long term replacement costs, support, etc. 
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Lori Frank

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We have a student that may start using a VGo. Does anyone have experience with this technology?
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Janice Mertes

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SETDA Releases The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning (see attached document--link for recorded Hill session will be added soon)

State leaders continue to advocate for increased high speed broadband in K12 education--press release

September 8, 2016 (Washington D.C.) Today, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing the U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders announced the release of The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. This report advocates for robust broadband access both in and out of school to best prepare all students for college and careers, provides new targets for infrastructure and capacity, and shares state and district exemplars where increased bandwidth availability has positively impacted teaching and learning.

This current report builds upon SETDA’s earlier work, including its groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs and the April 2016, State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access. In this latest publication, SETDA offers important new insights and trends, along with the following recommendations for policy makers and school leaders:

Increase Infrastructure to Support Student-Centered Learning
Design Infrastructure to Meet Capacity Targets
Ensure Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School
Leverage State Resources to Increase Broadband Access

“In the 21st century, investing in technology infrastructure is just as important as investing in roads and bridges,” stated Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Schools. “Regardless of their zip code, every student deserves access to a high-quality education, including equitable access to technology and blended learning opportunities. Indiana is focused on closing the digital divide for all of Hoosier students by ensuring that every school, community and home has access to broadband technologies.”

Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director of SETDA noted, “Today’s students need robust bandwidth access to help ensure that their learning experiences are effectively preparing them for college and future careers. Broadband access supports trends that shift away from traditional learning models towards digital learning opportunities that include dynamic digital instructional materials, online simulations, coding and content creation.”

“For too long, schools across our state have had to do without reliable and affordable high-speed broadband,” said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. “I believe all Arizona children should have equal access to the important resources that broadband makes available, and this effort can bring us one step closer to seeing that vision become a reality.”

"Having equitable access to robust broadband in every school in the state means educators can truly leverage digital content and applications for collaboration with peers and experts as well as personalize learning for every student,” remarked Dr. Sydnee Dickson, Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The Broadband Imperative II is based on research in partnership with state and private sector leaders including state CIOs, state network managers, E-rate Coordinators, digital learning administrators, and through the support of AT&T, ENA, Kajeet, and Mobile Beacon. The full report is available here: http://www.setda.org/priorities/equity-of-access/broadbandimperativeii_2016/

Link to Press Release: http://www.setda.org/outreach/press-releases/press-releases-2016/broadband-imperative-ii-equitable-access-for-learning/

About SETDA
Founded in 2001, SETDA is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit http://www.setda.org.
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Tina Rettler

Instruction and PD  - 
 
Teaching Online this fall? Please answer a 3 question survey about what you've learned and what you wish you would have known! Results are being shared at the upcoming OLC Accelerate conference in November. http://bit.ly/OLInsights
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Janice Mertes

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With the completion of a new Badger Converged Network (BCN) contract, a tremendous step forward has been made towards the goal of affordable, high speed internet bandwidth for all Wisconsin PK-12 students and public libraries. The new contract helps provide the opportunity to meet established national baselines: 1 Mbps per student in our schools, and a minimum of 100 Mbps for every public library by 2018.

The contract will increase broadband speed and reduce the cost of connectivity for many schools and libraries already using the BCN, and it will help connect additional schools and libraries throughout the state to the network.

As stated in Governor Walker’s press release this morning, all TEACH/Badgernet customers are now eligible to receive bandwidth of 100 Mbps for $100/month. 1 Gbps will be available for $250/month. Migration to the new network will begin in February.

More details about pricing, bandwidth amounts, and the migration schedule will be forthcoming by the end of the month.

Also released today were $9 million in TEACH grants

TEACH Teacher Training Grants
http://teach.wisconsin.gov/category.asp?linkcatid=3891&linkid=619&locid=85

TEACH Infrastructure Grants
http://teach.wisconsin.gov/category.asp?linkcatid=3886&linkid=619&locid=85
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Is your District using Facility Scheduler from rSchoolToday? If yes, please email me at klvreugdenhil@gbaps.org or reply to this post.

This will also be posted in the WeTech group.

Thank you,
Kris
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We use it in Beaver Dam.
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Kelly Hoyland

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Wishing you a great start of the school year from WETL. As was shared a couple of weeks ago, we are launching bi-monthly discussion topics. We welcome your participation in our WETL discussion as we share experiences and explore the different avenues of technology leadership as defined by CoSN’s CETL.

First discussion topic:
Please introduce yourself, your role, and something technology-related that you’re looking forward to this year.


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Hi Everyone! I'm Julie Strasser, Technology Integration Specialist and Teacher for the Silver Lake Salem Joint 1 District in Silver Lake, Wisconsin. I am fortunate to work with both teachers and students in my role here. I provide coaching of technology integration with the teachers and then also work with students to further their knowledge and use of those tools. I am beginning my 5th year in this role. This is our 2nd year 1:1 Chromebooks in K-8. With last year as an introductory year, this year will focus on more integration in our elementary grades. I am so appreciative of this community and the vast amount of knowledge that is shared.
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Bill Herman

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
UW Extension is hosting a "Broadband Boot Camp" on December 16 in Wisconsin Rapids, focused on broadband deployment and on the evolving role of local communities and government in providing communications services to the public.
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Thanks for sharing this event! I'll be planning on it!
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Diane Doersch

Data Management  - 
 
While a common student data privacy contract between all school districts in the state of Wisconsin and a vendor for free media resources (apps) would be most desirable, here is a link to a customizable privacy contract from which to build upon. It uses the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC's) 12 model terms. It's a great place to begin.

Lemme know what you think!

The Student Data Privacy Consortium has been working with Nashville Public Schools, Fairfax County, Cambridge, Green Bay leadership and other state and local agencies to provide use case examples. It can get you through until we are able to generate a common agreement.

Once we get a common agreement - Just think, a vendor of a free media resource could sign the Wisconsin common contract assuring the using-school that they will keep student data safe. It would be like they are signing all 424 of our school district's student data privacy contracts with just one signature. All of our school districts would not have to review the new media resource and contact the vendor individually because they already signed at the state level. It's a win/win saving us all tons of time!

Who's interested in having a vision of pursuing a common state contract?
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+Kimberly Bannigan I will use this WETL forum as a place for updates regarding student data privacy/security.
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Nathan Mielke

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Suggested late summer reading for leaders. I think this narrative could have saved me from myself when I started as a director 3 summers ago.
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About this community

Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders is the Wisconsin Chapter of CoSN (Consortium for School Networking). This newly formed group will serve to improve technology leadership in Wisconsin schools and universities

Janice Mertes

Strategic Planning  - 
 
Great new offerings for schools to expand student learning programming: :

Herb Kohl Foundation announces on Twitter they are still accepting projects to fund up $2000
https://help.donorschoose.org/hc/en-us/articles/226630627-Double-Your-Impact-with-Herb-Kohl-Philanthropies
https://twitter.com/HKEdFoundation

Fab Lab Grant Program Expansion announced
http://walker.wi.gov/newsroom/press-release/governor-walker-announces-expansion-fab-labs-program

Robotics Competition Grants for student participation
http://dpi.wi.gov/stem/grants/robotic-league
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Janice Mertes

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Catch this session tomorrow featuring Diane Doersch on the national panel talking about the home access issues facing our students. Part of ESSA includes a national study on this topic to analyze the academic impact and equity components of access gaps.

You are invited to the live broadcast of the Broadband for Learning: Closing the Homework Gap panel on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 11:00am ET. (10 CENTRAL) Watch the event live (no pre-registration required).

Organized by CoSN and the Alliance for Excellent Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, this live panel will explore innovative strategies to address digital equity at-school with support from the modernization of E-rate, as well as outside-of-school, particularly at-home access for students from low-income families.

Hear from our lead presenter, Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner, as well as school district leaders and community organizations.

Diane Doersch, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Green Bay Area Public Schools
Keith Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, CoSN
Debra Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Chief of Technology, Personalization and Engagement, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Access the live panel on September 13 at 11am ET at: www.futureready.org/connected (no preregistration required).

This event along with many others hosted on ConnectED Day, will recognize the progress made to connect students to high-speed broadband and help educators and leaders build their capacity to transform learning with technology.

Don't miss out on all the great events our coalitions partners are hosting which include webinar discussions, Twitter chats, and blogs on topics aligned with ConnectED and the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) initiatives.

Explore the growing list of ConnectED Day events, share with your colleagues, and join us online for ConnectED Day on September 13.

Please help spread the word about the Broadband for Learning: Closing the Homework Gap panel on social media by sharing the following.

Click to Tweet: ConnectED Day panel on Closing the Homework Gap hosted by @CoSN on 9/13 at 11am ET! Details: www.futureready.org/connected #FutureReady
Sincerely,

Sara, Tom & Lia
The Future Ready Team
Learn more about the Future Ready Schools effort and our effort to align technology with teaching and learning.
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Janice Mertes

Data Privacy  - 
 
Educational Leader Review of the DPI Data Privacy Resources for Schools
http://dpi.wi.gov/wise/data-privacy

We appreciate getting feedback from school district staff on how we can better serve your professional development needs. Our effective use of data and protecting student privacy go hand in hand. The DPI has curated many valuable data privacy resources and has designed training modules for school districts.

We are asking you to complete the short survey, after you take some time to review the DPI data privacy resource, in order to gain your input on improvements to DPI's Data Privacy Webpage @ http://dpi.wi.gov/wise/data-privacy. Your input is very valuable as we work together to sustain access to data while protecting the privacy of our students

Thank you.
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Data Privacy and Security Webpage Feedback SurveyWe appreciate getting feedback from school district staff on how we can better serve your professional development needs. Our effective use of data and protecting student privacy go hand in hand. The DPI has curated many valuable data privacy resources and has designed training modules for school districts. We are asking you to complete this short survey in order to gain your input on improvements to DPI's Data Privacy Webpage @ http://dpi.wi...
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Janice Mertes

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Applications for all @NCWITAIC Awards open TODAY! HS & College Women & Educators in tech, apply now! http://bit.ly/2bNddIG // #NCWITAiC17. Spread the word about this great program opportunity and collaborative state partnerships to help promote women in Informational Technology.
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing: Revolutionizing the Face of Technology
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Women of WETL, I also invite you to join our Women in Technology (@WITwisconsin) LinkedIn group or become a member. Great opportunity for networking and information sharing: http://witwisconsin.com/
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Diane Doersch

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Wishing you all a wonderful start to your 2016-2017 school year! Remember to keep this group close, there are loads of smart people in it who can help you through any techno-issues you may have!
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Keshia Mashak

Team Building and Staffing  - 
 
The Merrill Area Public School District is seeking a Library Media/Technology Integration Specialist. Click to apply! https://goo.gl/UjDiH ID = 114949 #edtech #edchat #WIJobs

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Diane Doersch

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
On August 3rd, our WETL Google+ Community welcomed our 500th member. We have experienced tremendous growth in the past two years! We, on the WETL Board, want to make this G+ space a community worth visiting often. Starting next week, we will launch a bi-monthly topic for discussion. We welcome your participation in our WETL discussion as we share experiences and explore the different avenues of technology leadership as defined by CoSN’s CETL (Certified Education Technology Leader) Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.

We know that we are all better together. Our members have an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and very diverse experiences that will be beneficial to others as we lead our district’s technology into the future
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Justin Weise

IT Management  - 
 
Can anyone recommend a training resource for new iPad managers/administrators?

I'd prefer something like a "bootcamp" but am open to just about any format (local, online etc) as long as it's available before the end of the month.

I'm looking for guidance, information, best practice, and tips on how to manage iPads in a shared environment. We're new to iPads and I'm looking to do it right the first time. I know there are many general resource available online - but with the latest iOS updates and Apple programs (as well as new MDM options) I feel like most of the information that is a year or more older is pretty much outdated.
Can anyone help? SE Wisconsin - Just looking for training for myself and maybe 1 more person. Thanks!
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David Gundlach
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Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Congratulations WETL. Our Google+ Community just received our 500th member! 
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Janice Mertes

Strategic Planning  - 
 
A well constructed article to align to the Future Ready framework https://dashboard.futurereadyschools.org/framework to help districts understand the value of planning, staff allocation and resource management.
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