Use Your ESSER Funding in the Technology Classroom! Are you ESSERIOUS?

Use Your ESSER Funding in the Technology Classroom! Are you ESSERIOUS?

Time is ticking for ESSER grants. There’s lots of information to sift through when deciding how to seek ESSER funding for your school or classroom. Are you going cross-eyed yet? We are! How can you allocate the ESSER funds for your technology classroom? We’re breaking it down for you piece by piece and giving you the best resources you need to cash in on some much-needed funding for typing and digital citizenship as summer winds down and back to school kicks into gear for 2021-2022. 

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) requires local districts to release plans for a safe return to in-person instruction within 30 days of receiving funds, so the time to plan for your technology classroom is now!

Read on to combat the substantial learning loss affecting most children from COVID-19.

What are the ESSER funds?

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund passed Congress in 2020 and 2021. It allocates around 200 billion dollars to K–12 education. offers a full typing curriculum for grades K–12+.

Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund).  

The Department awarded these grants ­to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to provide Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)―including charter schools that are LEAs―with emergency relief funds to address the impact COVID-19 continues to have on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

Who applies to the Department for ESSER formula funds?

Only SEAs in the 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia can apply directly to the Department for ESSER Funds. You can check your state’s allocation here. And you can apply for funding here

Why should I use ESSER funding on’s engaging and inclusive typing program is eligible for ESSER funding! uses interactive lessons, reporting, cross-curricular reinforcement, and digital citizenship lessons. Find more info about how maps to ESSER here

How can I spend ESSER funds?

Here’s how you can spend your ESSER grant and how you can use it in your technology classroom:

ESSER I, II, III Allowable Uses

“Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, and others.”

How Premium Aligns

All of’s accessibility features for the hard of hearing, visually impaired. is WCAG 2,0 compliant, dictation, fully customizable for children who learn at different paces so that you can easily implement into IEPs and 504 plans. To support English learners, is also available in multiple languages. 

ESSER III Allowable Uses

“Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.”

How Premium Aligns

Teacher and district dashboards allow educators to track progress, monitor usage, and follow assignment activity. With premium, you have access to all your data forever, while gamification and personal goal-setting increase student engagement. Reporting for parents or classroom progress is also available.


When will the Department of Education make the awards?

ESSER Timeline:

Spring 2020: The Department makes initial awards

Spring 2021: States return funds not awarded

Sept. 30, 2021: Last date the Department can make awards

SEAs make awards as soon as practicable

Spring/ Summer 2021: The Department makes reallocation awards

Sept. 30, 2022: Last date SEA, LEA, or other subgrantees can obligate funds


Download a printable overview of’s alignment to ESSER funding.

Want to learn more about how ESSER’s funding can be used for Schedule a call.

More questions about ESSER funding? Looking for the nitty-gritty details? Visit Department of Education ESSER fact sheet.

Apply for ESSER funding here.




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Get 50% OFF Premium Licenses (Sale Through June 4th!)

Returning to the classroom does not mean the disappearance of the use of technology implemented over the last year or before. Which is why for the next 7 days, now offers you, your schools, and districts to get 50% off premium licenses for every license you buy

In consideration of new vetting programs, new budget cuts, and the return to the classroom, we’ve taken a hard look at how we can help you get through this roller coaster in the easiest (and cheapest!) way possible.


Technology isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s becoming more pervasive and important with every passing day. Prepare your schools and students for success—in and out of the classroom—with:

  • Step-by-step lessons and all that the new typing curriculum for 2021 has to offer
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Step-by-step Lesson Structure

Instant Information Syncing

  • Instantly sync with Google Classroom, Clever, or ClassLink
  • 180-day data retention  (unlimited with Premium)
  • Students never need an email address because we never ask for your student’s private information

Distraction-free Engagement

Administrative Tools

New Discounted Pricing 

  • Per student prices start at $7.99 and go down from there
  • Bulk discount for schools and districts starts as low as $1.14
  • Licenses are fully transferable

Set Up For Next Year, Right Now is in your corner! Help your students start building critical foundational skills now. Hopefully, we can partner with you for the coming school year—and beyond!

To learn more about the benefits of Premium, click here.

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How To Make The Right Ed-tech Purchase—the First Time

If you’re a curriculum leader facing closures for an extended time, this can mean unnecessarily large gaps in student progress. In the rush to find ed tech to fill the gap, here are some critical questions to ask now that may keep you from having to make a new purchase later.

Continue reading “How To Make The Right Ed-tech Purchase—the First Time”

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