The technological horizon of education has shifted dramatically and quickly since the onset of COVID-19. The good news is that because of the CARES Act or Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, additional funding is available to support K-12 and Higher Education to make the necessary purchases for this new normal. Below is information to help you better understand the government funding available for education and how it can be used for purchase of the Google Jamboard from BenQ.
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ESSER and ESSER II: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund
Part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
Elementary and Secondary Schools
WHAT IT INCLUDES
Districts are able to spend their ESSER funds on a range of activities, services, and goods (outlined in the legislation Section 18003(d)). For example, the following items are all covered under ESSER:
The CRRSA Act adds allowable uses of funds for addressing learning loss, preparing schools for reopening, and testing, repairing, and upgrading projects to improve air quality in school buildings permitted
under the CARES Act
ESSER: May be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020 (when the National Emergency was declared) through September 30, 2022
ESSER II: May be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2023
GEER: Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund
School districts, higher-education institutions, and/or other educational entities, such as nonprofits, libraries, and state agencies
WHAT IT INCLUDES
Governors have been given wide discretion on how to allocate funds, particularly those districts “most significantly impacted by coronavirus” to support their ability to continue providing educational services to
their students and to support the “on-going functionality” of these entities.
GEER: May be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2022
GEER II: May be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2023
HEERF: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II
Higher Education Institution
WHAT IT INCLUDES
HEERF: Institutions of higher education (IHEs) have one calendar year from the date of their award to expend funds unless the institution receives a no-cost extension. Funds may be used for pre-award costs, dating back to March 13, 2020.
HEERF II: Same as HEERF
This past year has sped up technology decisions, including how best to meet the needs of hybrid classrooms. BenQ is the leader in education display and collaboration solutions that support the future of learning.
Among BenQ’s broad education portfolio is the Google Jamboard. As Google for Education use proliferates, the Google Jamboard is one of the most powerful tools an instructor can have to engage students and promote learning in any educational environment, whether it’s in-person, remote, or hybrid. Google Jamboard complements the Google classroom, giving schools the freedom to apply and dedicate themselves to rising standards and build content for any subject or topic that fits naturally within their Google ecosystem.
Along with award-winning Google Workspace, our full suite of accessories, the Google Jamboard will allow you to:
Connect directly with your students whether they’re in the classroom or at home.
Host lessons using G-suite tools and Google Meet. Create engaging and dynamic lessons with extensive G-suite tools and resources.
Share documents directly from your panel with OneDrive or Google Drive. Utilize flipcharts, whiteboards, videos, and a host of easy-to-access apps.
Screen share with students learning remotely in a secure environment.
“I like Google. In fact, I teach about Google network, how the search engine works, and Google’s PageRank algorithm. I didn’t have to think about [Google Jamboard’s] features. I already use them.”
— Indika Rajapakse, Ph.D., associate professor of computational medicine and bioinformatics, mathematics, and biomedical engineering