Technology Resources

An Overview of the E-Rate Program

E-Rate is a federal program schools can take advantage to help pay for Internet access and network equipment. While this is a free resources for schools, many find the E-Rate program intimidating, time consuming and confusing. This webinar will provide you with an overview of the E-Rate program. You will learn about who is eligible, gain insight into the process, and find out how to apply (even if your school has not yet opened). We will discuss Category 1 and Category 2 products and services, how to calculate your budgets, what your school requirements are, as well as how to get setup in the E-Rate EPC portal. If you have ever had questions about the E-Rate program or been intimidated by the process, we suggest you listen to this webinar and ask an expert. The presentation will be presented by Benjamin Sniecinski of E-Rate Advantage. Read More

ERate - What is it and how can it benefit my school?

ERate is a federal program operated by the Universal Service Administration Company. ERate provides funding to schools and libraries throughout the country for telecommunication services. This includes telephone and internet services, as well as possibly the infrastructure behind providing those services. Schools must apply to receive funds, and open a public bid for the services they wish to receive funds for before the February deadline. This presentation will cover the basics of applying for ERate, and what you must do now to secure funding for your school. Read More

ERate and Educational Technology

The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, helps ensure that schools and libraries can obtain telecommunications and Internet access at affordable rates. However, the application process can be overwhelming and numerous deadlines are quickly approaching. If you would like to apply for this resource for the 2015-16 school year, now is the time to start planning and preparing your paperwork. This presentation will walk you through the basic qualification requirements and application process to accessing E-rate funding for your charter school. Read More

Finding staff with Teachers-Teachers.com

Teachers-Teachers.com is contracted by the FLDOE to provide its service/website for FREE to all Florida Charter Schools. With currently more than 30,000 certified, Florida-resident, Florida-certified educators in the Teachers-Teachers.com resume database, their service is the largest Florida online K-12 educator recruitment service in the United States. This is an essential tool for recruiting and managing teacher applications for schools as they look to startup or grow. This webinar will focus on how to use this free service to find K-12 teachers, administrators, and related service personnel for their open positions. The presentation will demonstrate how to post jobs, search resumes, and how to send either local and/or email blasts to advertise open positions. You will also be advised how to get your school registered, if you are not already registered and using Teachers-Teachers.com. Read More

Florida's Single Sign On

The Department of Education has many resources and services available. In order to simplify logging into these multiple services, the state has developed the “Single Sign-On” (SSO) Portal. This SSO allows one username and password to access numerous resources available. This presentation will discuss the SSO and how to utilize it as a charter school. The webinar will be presented by Andrea Latham, from the FDOE’s Single Sign On Office. Read More

Google Apps for Education - A powerful free services for schools

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a free version of the Google Apps suite which typically costs business users $60 per user per year which is offered to schools and non profit organizations. The tool provides a free-cloud based email solution along with powerful collaborative tools for creating documents, websites, and more. The service is CIPA compliant, and can be used for staff and/or students. This presentation walked through the basic tools available with GAFE, how to submit an application for your school, and the basics of how to get it setup with your domain. Read More
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Mar 2016

Maximum Tech, Minimum Fuss

The best edtech-tools are time-efficient and propel learning into interactive experiences filled with active participation, creation, collaboration, and reflection. Join Richard Brummer, Technology Coordinator at Ben Gamla Palm Beach Charter School, for a hands-on and engaging webinar that will model some of very best “must-have” tech-tools, which can be actioned for maximum effect with the least amount of fuss. You’ll wonder how you ever survived without them. Read More
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Dec 2018

Protecting Your School from Ever-changing Ransomware Threats

While IT Security may not be your area of expertise, it is something that you as a school leader needs to be aware of and pay attention to. Ransomware attacks are computer programs which will lock all of your computer data and only give you access them if you pay a ransom to a bad actor. Since 2015, ransomware occurrences have been growing 50% year over year, mainly due to success. Just alone in 2015, ransomware netted over $325 million from infected machines locked out of critical applications and data, and now this has spread to schools and even school districts. This webinar will help you understand ransomware and how it spreads, areas it can gain access to your systems, and more importantly prevention strategies. Just because you ,and each member of your staff, have antivirus on your machine, does not mean you will be fully protected anymore when it comes to ransomware. The biggest security threat to your organization is your staff and learn ways to protect your organization. This webinar will be presented by Mr. Sam Chawkat, the Chief Operations Officer of Dynamic Network Solutions. Read More

Roadmap for Successful Technology Implementation in New & Growing Schools

Having a well-defined IT roadmap is critical to ensuring your charter schools are using technology strategically. Technology is evolving daily and charter schools must innovate in order to stay ahead of the curve in the classroom. When charter schools technology infrastructure begins to lag, it can hinder the learning environment. Defining an IT roadmap helps charter schools create scalable, secure and future-ready IT environments able to meet the demands of the changing technology landscape. This webinar will give participants the ability to address key areas of IT environments that could be better managed and supported with a unified, well-defined IT roadmap. The webinar will be presented by Michael Hendrick from mindSHIFT, and will review the stages of implementing an IT roadmap and give them the tools to start looking at their current IT infrastructure and make adjustments as needed. Read More