HOW WE DO IT, HOW WE USE IT, AND HOW WE PAY FOR IT MARY MEHSIKOMER NETWORK COORDINATOR NW-LINKS  Broadband for K-12 Educat...
The Learning Network of Minnesota History <ul><li>Established in 1993 for higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded to i...
METC <ul><li>Develop plans for use of distance learning technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend long-term governance and ...
How we do it  <ul><li>Cooperatively  </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications Access Clusters  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network m...
How we use it  <ul><li>Distance Learning  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videoconferencing for classes  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul>...
How we use it  <ul><li>Public and educational access to information and services  </li></ul><ul><li>School and public libr...
How we pay for it  <ul><li>Current Funding  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal E-rate Telecommunications Discount Program </li>...
Example: Little Crow Telemedia Network  <ul><li>Pete Royer, Director  </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lctn.org </li></ul>
Contact Information  <ul><li>Mary Mehsikomer, Network Coordinator  </li></ul><ul><li>NW-LINKS/Region 1  </li></ul><ul><li>...
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A presentation from Mary Mehsikomer, NW-LINKS Coordinator – K-12 Education for the January 16 Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force

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Broadband for K-12 Education and Public Libraries

  1. 1. HOW WE DO IT, HOW WE USE IT, AND HOW WE PAY FOR IT MARY MEHSIKOMER NETWORK COORDINATOR NW-LINKS Broadband for K-12 Education and Public Libraries
  2. 2. The Learning Network of Minnesota History <ul><li>Established in 1993 for higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded to include K-12 and public libraries 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>Governed by the Minnesota Education Telecommunications Council (METC) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-agency advisory board established in law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both legislative houses, K-12 public schools, public libraries, Department of Administration, Department of Children, Families & Learning, Minnesota Office of Higher Education Services, University of Minnesota, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Private college Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expired in statute 2005 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. METC <ul><li>Develop plans for use of distance learning technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend long-term governance and structure </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend education policy on telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>Set network use priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Oversee coordination of the network </li></ul><ul><li>Determine priorities for telecommunications funding </li></ul>
  4. 4. How we do it <ul><li>Cooperatively </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications Access Clusters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network management, maintenance and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-rate application support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordination of distance learning programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregation of service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative, shared service purchasing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications for life-long learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology integration with curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anchor tenants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Map and website: http://www.mitnmn.ning.com </li></ul>
  5. 5. How we use it <ul><li>Distance Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videoconferencing for classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign languages, calculus, health occupations, science, American Sign Language </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online College in High School http://distance.minnesota.edu/ochs/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post secondary enrollment options </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videoconferencing for meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative meetings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff development and training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public meetings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How we use it <ul><li>Public and educational access to information and services </li></ul><ul><li>School and public library business management </li></ul><ul><li>Parental involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Data reporting and transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning and curriculum resources </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Extend opportunities </li></ul>
  7. 7. How we pay for it <ul><li>Current Funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal E-rate Telecommunications Discount Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately $22 million annually </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Library Telecommunications Aid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$2.3 million annually </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Aid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$8.7 million annually (FY09) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local funds </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Example: Little Crow Telemedia Network <ul><li>Pete Royer, Director </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lctn.org </li></ul>
  9. 9. Contact Information <ul><li>Mary Mehsikomer, Network Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>NW-LINKS/Region 1 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Websites: http://www.region1.k12.mn.us/nwlinks </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mitnmn.ning.com </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (218) 284-3117 </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile: (701) 388-2060 </li></ul>

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