Unlike nearly all other education technology targeted funding programs, E-Rate is fully funded and growing. As schools move to the cloud for instructional technology solutions, understanding how E-Rate can help fund those projects becomes important. More positive news, program updates for 2012-13 actually help schools better leverage E-Rate funds to accomplish cloud computing goals.
Why schools are moving to the cloud? Reasons include: (1) Lack of funds to grow or maintain internal infrastructure and (2) more and different devices showing up in classrooms. As schools look to accommodate tablets and mobile devices and new expectations of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, moving to the cloud becomes the only sensible choice.
Eligible under Priority 1, ClassLink offers LaunchPad, a personal cloud desktop for students and teachers giving access to school from anywhere. Accessible from any device, LaunchPad is ideal for 1to1 & Bring Your Own Device initiatives. Together with E-Rate, LaunchPad delivers 24/7 access to a virtual desktop from any connected device while lowering support costs for schools.