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Take the Guesswork out of E-rate

All E-rate eligible members with a MOREnet-managed connection are invoiced on a net-E-rate basis. This means that not only does MOREnet handle the details of the annual Internet Connectivity filing on your behalf, but we also help you realize your organization’s annual E-rate discount up front – you don’t have to tie up operational funds waiting on the federal reimbursement.

As the state E-rate Coordinator for Missouri, MOREnet offers assistance and training to all E-rate eligible entities. We have recently released our webinar and classroom training series for FY17.

Topics this year include:

  • E-rate Forms 472 and 486 (Webinar)
  • E-rate Training Available Exclusive at the MOREnet Annual Conference Oct. 11-12
  • EPC Funding Status and Commitment Tools (Webinar)
  • EPC Form 470 (Webinar)
  • EPC Update and the Form 471 (Webinar)
  • E-rate Training - Getting Started (Classroom Training in Columbia)
  • E-rate Training - Filing the Application (Classroom Training in Columbia)

For a detailed description or to register, visit the training schedule on our website.

Raytown C-2 School District Receives National Recognition

On Aug. 16, the Consortium for School and Networking (CoSN) announced the inaugural set of schools to earn the new Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal.

Raytown was among one of the quality schools to earn this high honor for carrying out their commitment to ensure the privacy and security of student data.

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Change in SSL Certificates

It is important to us that every service we offer is of great value to you. Recently, Entrust SSL Certificates has changed their pricing model and our pricing is no longer deeply discounted, in fact members can purchase certificates directly from Entrust at the same new price we receive. Once our current inventory is depleted, we will no longer offer SSL Certificates as a service.

Instead, we will help current SSL subscribing members transition to purchasing directly from Entrust (or another provider of your choice), as that will likely be the most economical for your organization. For our current SSL subscribing members, there is no change for you until time to renew. Should you run into questions, please use the technical consulting and support included with your membership service package for assistance. To order from our limited inventory of certificates, please email orders@more.net for pricing and availability.

Library Patrons in Finland Karaoke

A library in southern Finland wants people to sing their hearts out during their next visit-in a soundproofed karaoke booth. Officials in the city of Vantaa, near Helsinki, installed the karaoke zone at Tikkurila Library earlier in 2016 as part of a plan to provide new services at libraries. Patrons can enjoy a sing-along in relative privacy, regardless of their ability to hold a tune...

Read more from the BCC Article.

 

PRODUCTS YOU CAN USE

New Consortium Discount - Kurzweil Education Systems

We are pleased to announce our newest consortium discount, Kurzweil Education Systems. Our members will enjoy a 20 percent discount on the K3000 + firefly educational software. Kurzweil Education offers proven, research-based, literacy solutions that enable learners to address their own unique learning challenges and build the skills and confidence to succeed in academically rigorous environments. Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Kurzweil products deliver content and tools that enable all learners to read, understand and demonstrate their learning using technology-based tools and resources.

K3000+firefly is educational technology that brings all pieces of the literacy puzzle together with one easy, proven solution to ensure instruction and learning become personal - and meaningful progress becomes possible.

  • Provide access to your curricula with a powerful, multisensory approach to learning built on innovative, research-based technology.
  • Students at every reading level can learn from the same materials-allowing them to further their academic learning as they improve their literacy skills.

Learn more about Kurzweil

To learn more about this consortium discount visit our website or utilize Kurzweil's MOREnet Member Portal to begin saving on this dynamic literacy solution.

We will also be hosting a webinar about this consortium discount on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to noon. Sign up for this webinar.

Create your own Digital Learning Experience

Zoom combines online meetings, group messaging and a virtual conference room and is now included in our Full Membership Service Package. It integrates with watch.more.net, our media repository that has recently been upgraded and which is also included with our Full Membership Service Package. Combine these two powerful tools with a special consortium deal on the Canvas Learning Management System for our K-12 members and you have a solution suite that works in tandem to create a digital learning experience for your students as well as your patrons, faculty and staff. Take a look:

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE, OCT 10 -13, Tan-Tar-A

Annual conference is almost here! We are excited about the line-up of informative and technology-rich sessions we have on the schedule along with three fantastic keynotes and a large host of fun and networking opportunities.

Take advantage of early-bird pricing by registering before Sept. 18. And don't forget to reserve your sleeping rooms at Tan-Tar-A before the special block rate expires on Sept. 10.

Gamification Minecraft-style

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As a complement to this year's Conference theme: -Building the future through technology, we invite you to join MOREcraft- a Minecraft realm with Missouri landmarks and MOREnet additions. It's full of fun and interactive play.

The MOREcraft Realm is intended as a virtual learning and collaborative community for employees of MOREnet member organizations and MOREnet staff only and our goal is that it will serve as a teaching and learning tool that will be showcased during our annual conference in October. We are excited to connect with members across Missouri.

At #MOREnet2016 we will continue strategizing and networking through game play as well as hosting a MOREcraft meet and greet. Will you join?

How to get started

Sign up to get your Minecraft Game ID whitelisted for play

Rules and instructions for the MOREcraft Realm

Browse Conference Sessions for #MOREnet2016

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Our mobile app is live and can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play by searching for MOREnet Events. Once you download the app, choose the 2016 MOREnet Annual Conference.

You can sort sessions by day, track and tag. Tags are new this year- they represent the gears- or key categories in digital conversion- from the Future Ready Schools Initiative (link: http://futureready.org/) and will be primarily found during our Monday and Tuesday sessions. You can also see a full desktop version of our 2016 conference schedule sessions and exhibitors here.

DON'T MISS THE MORENET ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTER TODAY!