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Educational TechnologyWelcome to the Educational Technology section! Below and in the Innovation and Improvement box, you will find programs and services we provide to promote and support the integration of technology into teaching and learning. Although they are no longer required, we can approve public school district technology plans when needed for grant applications.​​​

Deadlines Extended

  • ​​​​The deadline for the Digital Professional Learning Grant has been extended until Friday, September 18, at 4 p.m.
  • The deadline for the Digital Equity Grant has been extended until Monday, August 17, at 5 p.m.​​

 Elementary and Secondary Relief - Digital Equity Grant

​Eligible Applicants: 
Illinois Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEA’s and have an EBF Final Percent of Adequacy level of 70% or lower are eligible to apply.  

Program Purpose: 
The purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity RFP is to assist school districts in closing the Digital Divide and enabling digital-age teaching and learning. School districts may use funds to provide students with technology tools and home internet access necessary for technology-rich remote learning experiences.  

Program Description: 
Equitable access to technology devices and internet connectivity is one of the foundational components upon which today’s schools create enhanced and empowered digital learning experiences. In order for digital learning opportunities to continue beyond the school, especially in the event of e-learning or remote learning, students must have access to technology and reliable internet access at home.  

The Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity RFP is a one-time grant opportunity that utilizes Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist districts in reducing barriers to the continuity of education by addressing the technology and home connectivity needs.   

Grant funds will be awarded based on the criteria as identified in the grant application. Grant application questions will assess device needs, the availability of home access for students, and the way in which additional funds will complement the district’s existing technology plan. In addition, the application will ask districts how they are supporting all students, including but not limited to students with disabilities, English learners, and students from low-income families.   

Applicants can request funding for computing devices, home internet connection devices, or both.  For applicants applying for only one of the two funding priorities, provide evidence via the technology survey and in the narrative section of the application that all students have equitable access to devices or internet connectivity – whichever one the district is not applying for funding. 

Application Deadline:
Applications for the Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity Grant are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, August 14​, 2020. 

Pre-Application Requirement: 
Applicants must complete the Illinois School District Technology Survey. All surveys will be evaluated by the Learning Technology Center, and all surveys responses must be approved by the Learning Technology Center prior to submitting the grant application.  

  • Submit survey by deadline of August 1, 2020 
  • On the 2nd page of the survey, mark that the survey is being completed as part of an ISBE grant application in order to initiate the review process. 
  • Review will take up to two weeks. The purpose of the approval process is to identify and resolve inconsistencies or questions related to technical details prior to grant application submission. 
  • Applicants will be notified upon approval. If not approved, applicants will be contacted to schedule a review call.  
  • If needed, consult with the Learning Technology Center in the completion of the inventory, grant application, or related district technology planning process.  

If the district does not have a policy on damaged or stolen items, the district needs to develop/adopt one as it is a federal requirement. 

Technical Assistance Webinar:
A technical assistance session was held on Thursday, July 23 at 1:30pm. This technical assistance session covered eligibility requirements and application procedures.  

 Elementary and Secondary Relief - Digital Professional Learning Grant

​Eligible Applicants:
Illinois public school districts, state-auth​orized charter schools, and Regional Offices of Education (ROEs) are eligible to apply. Priority points will be given to those applicants that are furthest away from 100% or more Final Percent of Adequacy as listed on the fiscal year 2020 Full FY 2020 Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) Calculation spreadsheet at the link: isbe.net/ebfdist

Program Purpose:
The purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Professional Learning NOFO/RFP is to assist school districts in enabling digital-age teaching and learning. School districts may use funds to provide educators with professional learning opportunities that drive digital-age learning, integrate technology across subject areas, and develop digital citizenship.

Program Description:
Equitable access to technology-enhanced instruction, curriculum, and assessments is one of the foundational components upon which today’s schools create enhanced and empowered digital learning experiences. Quality professional learning for educators and parents/caregivers on the meaningful use of technology is critical in effectively enabling digital learning.

The Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Professional Learning NOFO/RFP is a one-time grant opportunity that utilizes Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist districts in reducing barriers to the continuity of education by addressing professional learning needs related to digital remote learning.

Grant funds will be awarded based on the highest needs as identified in the grant application. Grant application questions will assess professional learning needs and the way in which additional funds will complement the district’s existing professional learning plan. In addition, the application will ask districts how they are supporting all students, including, but not limited to, students with disabilities, English Learners, and students from low-income families.

As part of the application process, applicants must complete the Illinois School District Technology Survey prior to the submission of the application.

Application Deadline:
Applications for the Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Professional Learning Grant are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020

Pre-Application Requirement: 
Applicants must complete the Illinois School District Technology Survey. All surveys will be evaluated by the Learning Technology Center, and all surveys responses must be approved by the Learning Technology Center prior to submitting the grant application.

  • Submit survey by deadline of August 28, 2020 
  • On the 2nd page of the survey, mark that the survey is being completed as part of an ISBE grant application in order to initiate the review process. 
  • Review will take up to two weeks. The purpose of the approval process is to identify and resolve inconsistencies or questions related to technical details prior to grant application submission. 
  • Applicants will be notified upon approval. If not approved, applicants will be contacted to schedule a review call.  
  • If needed, consult with the Learning Technology Center in the completion of the inventory, grant application, or related district technology planning process.  
  • Applicants who have completed a survey for the Digital Equity RFP application do not need to submit this survey again.

If the district does not have a policy on damaged or stolen items, the district needs to develop/adopt one as it is a federal requirement. 

Technical Assistance Webinar:
A technical assistance session was held on Tuesday, August 18 at 10:30am. This technical assistance session covered eligibility requirements and application procedures.​

 School Technology Revolving Loan Program

The School Technology Revolving Loan Program (STRLP) is a 3 year loan with 2 percent interest rate. Since the inception of the program in fiscal year 1999, over $87 million has been loaned to qualified or approved school districts. Loan applications are received from June 1 until December 1 each year. Decisions on loans can be made in September/October, December, March and/or May of each year, depending on the number of applicants and available funding.

In fiscal year 2019, districts, charter schools, and nonpublic schools recognized pursuant to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 425 (Voluntary Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Schools) housing ninth through 12th grades are eligible to apply. In FY 2020, the loan will be extended to qualifying districts serving kindergarten through eighth grades. The loan will continue to cycle in that manner. Loan payments are due twice a year -- on June 1 and Dec. 1, or on March 1 and Sept. 1. Loans receive a 15-day grace period. Any loan payment not received within those 15 days is charged a 5 percent penalty.​

 SketchUp Pro License

Trimble SketchUp Pro allows users to create 3D models of anything. Educators are using it on many grade levels and in many subject areas from computer technology to math, geography, and science. In 2013 the ISBE received a grant providing all public K-12 school districts in the state access to SketchUp Pro.

ISBE’s current grant is for the SketchUp Pro 2015 license. This license will allow the district to use the program until July 2017. Trimble SketchUp Pro 2015 grants aren’t available to individuals or private schools. They offer highly discounted SketchUp Pro EDU licenses to private schools. See the SketchUp Education page for more details.

Please e-mail Erich Grauke with the following information to receive your SketchUp Pro 2015 license.

  • Name of District/contact person
  • Number of computers to be licensed. Please specify the number that are networked/standalone, as well as their OS (Mac/Windows) and type (desktop/laptop).​

 Technology Point of Contact (TPOC) Listserv

This listserv will provide direct information on Assessment Technology including the most up-to-date information dealing with instructional technology, computer testing, broadband initiatives, and E-rate.

To subscribe send a blank email to egrauke@isbe.net with the word “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line from the email account you want to receive these listserv messages.

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