E-Rate NCTET 10th Anniversary Report.pdf (application/pdf Object)

3/22/07

NCTET 10th Anniversary Report.pdf (application/pdf Object)

It is so nice to see a positive report on e-rate. I have personally been defending e-rate since congressional scrutiny began a few years ago. Our district has received over $1 million in e-rate funding and we deserved every single penny. We now have a very nice Local Area Network with a fiber backbone and 100mbps to each client. We also have a wireless umbrella over our campus and have finally given enough bandwidth to participate in the WDE (Wyo Dept of Ed) video conferencing network.

For a small school like ours, we would have never been able to replace our old "net-day" LAN with fiber and implemented VoIP with general funds, even grant funds. E-rate was our only way to have the network that we now enjoy.

Patrolling Web 2.0 : March 2007 : THE Journal

3/12/07

Patrolling Web 2.0 : March 2007 : THE Journal

This is something I fight constantly. I finally got MySpace IM blocked through a group policy in my active director, but it took me three weeks of searching online and asking colleagues how to combat it.

I have real mixed emotions on how much we should limit kids on the Internet. We have a pretty strict filter (iPrism by St. Bernard) but it is always a balancing act between protection and legitimate access.

If our CMS, eCollege, would get its act together and embed some Web2.0 tools within the CMS it would solve a lot of my problems. We really want to have our kids blog, but eCollege doesn't have that built in. We'd like to create Wikis, but again, nothing built it. We can do podcasts and video casts, but it is still tricky.