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  • “ E-Rate” coming soon to Weatherford ISD The Schools and Libraries program of the Universal Service Fund Company
  • Introducing “E-Rate”
    • The purpose of this presentation is to inform you, our faculty, about the schools and libraries program or “E-Rate”. After seeing this presentation you can be better informed to answer questions about the “E-Rate” program when asked questions by students or the general public.
  • Function of “E-Rate”
    • The “E-Rate” program’s purpose is to help provide schools and libraries with affordable telecommunications and internet access
      • Four categories of funding
        • Telecommunication services
        • Internet access
        • Internal connections
        • Basic maintenance of connections
  • Sources of Technology Funding
  • Application process
    • Steps to apply for “E-Rate”
      • Determine Eligibility
      • Develop a technology plan
      • Open a competitive bidding process
      • Select a service provider
      • Calculate the discount level
  • Application process cont’
      • 6. Determine your eligible services
      • 7. Submit application for program start
      • 8. Application review process
      • 9. Receive funding decision
      • 10. Begin receipt of services
      • 11. Invoice the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
  • Weatherford ISD’s Technology Plan
    • To meet the technology needs of our students
    • Key targets of technology
      • Integration of technology in all curriculum
      • Professional development in use of technology
      • Connectivity & Infrastructure
      • Student/Parent/Teacher data access
  • Weatherford ISD’s Technology Plan Cont’
    • Instructional technologists
      • To be available at each campus
      • Provide professional development for faculty
      • Integrate curriculum and technology
  • Weatherford ISD’s Technology Plan Cont’
    • Institute a Dell Mini 10 program for all teachers who undergo 6 hours of training
    • Make wireless laptop carts available for use at all campus’
    • Provide student email accounts thru Windows Live
    • Use of Infinite Campus SIS to provide parents & students a portal to check grades, attendance, and critical data
  • Weatherford ISD’s Technology Plan Cont’
    • Use of the Eduphoria software to log, track, and monitor professional development
    • Use of the Epsilen software for teacher collaboration and student communication
    • Increase in bandwidth, internet filtering, antivirus protection, and email archiving
    • Customer service program thru implementation of staff surveys to better satisfy and suggestions for professional development
  • Summary
    • Now that you have an understanding of what the Schools and Libraries program of the USAC is you will be able to explain to others the need for such a program in our schools. If you have any questions or want more details please refer to the USAC website at http:// www.usac.org/sl /
  • Resources
    • Weatherford ISD:
    • http://medintern-mjmcdaniel.wikispaces.com/file/view/EDLD+5362+Final+Project.pptx
    • Retirieved on 6/2/11
    • Wikipedia:
    • http:// en.wikipedia.org /wiki/E-Rate
    • Retirieved on 6/2/11
    • Universal Service Administrative Company
    • http:// www.usac.org/sl /
    • Retirieved on 6/2/11
    • State of Texas public school technology inventory
    • http://www.educateaustin.org/documents/TX_Public_School_Tech_Inventory_07.pdf
    • Retirieved on 6/3/11