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 are schools 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.