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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.​​​

 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.

To unsubscribe from this list, please send a blank message to
tpocs-leave@list.isbe.net. ​

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