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Grants bring money saving technology to schools

March 4, 2010 - 0 Comments

In an effort to continue providing a high-quality education to students in the midst of massive budget cuts, many schools and school districts are turning to new technology and innovative ideas that can save money.

In fact, a recent article in a local paper near the TANDBERG offices in Northern Virginia discusses some of the innovative ways that this region is looking at to help cut costs. One of those ways is something we talk about frequently here at the Public Sector blog: video teleconferencing (VTC).

The use of VTC in schools saves money while facilitating improvements in the quality of education to students because it allows teachers and districts to share resources and access people and places never before possible. Purchasing VTC solutions does have its up front costs, though, that can sometimes be a major hurdle for schools.

Luckily, there are multiple grant programs available for school systems looking to implement VTC. Grants such as the RUS Distance Learning & Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program can go a long way in making VTC a reality for cash-strapped schools.

A great example of what grant money can do for schools (and a state!) is the Utah Education Network (UEN), which enables rural schools in Utah to join universities and high school classrooms anywhere in the state through VTC. The $13.4 million grant grant will allow UEN to expand service to dozens of elementary schools, public libraries, charter schools and Head Start centers across the state. According to the article, it is expected to benefit 963,900 citizens, create 450 jobs and deliver over 200 classes per day for over 600 participating educational institutions.

By breaking down the walls, VTC enables high-quality education, creates cost savings and brings brighter futures to students, teachers and entire communities.

If you have an interest in pursuing a grant to purchase VTC, the TANDBERG Grant Services Team has an interactive webinar coming which will highlight the 2010 RUS-DLT Grant and others – it is scheduled for March 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM Eastern. Registration is available HERE.

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