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  • 1. Universal Service Fund Simplified
  • 2. Agenda  Define  Goals and realistic strategy  An assessment of telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services needed  Budget resources  Ongoing evaluation process  Summary  Resources
  • 3. E-Rate  The E-rate program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The program was set up in 1997 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Order was designed to ensure that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. Up to $2.25 billion annually is available to provide eligible schools and libraries with discounts under the E-rate program for authorized services. (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/erat e.html)
  • 4. Goals and realistic strategy  1.1 ratio computer to student  Wireless ultra mobile devices will be continued to improve student learning.  Provide teachers with additional classroom interactive hardware and software.  Provide teachers and students with interactive boards and tablets for classroom use.
  • 5. Professional Development • Students and teachers will receive training in Internet safety and digital citizenship. • Instruction for teachers will include web-based learning and a variety of models accessible from the district online staff development center, libraries and classrooms. • Model teaching with technology integration in all curricular staff development sessions. Align all sessions to the ISTE NETS for Teachers and Students. • All instructional staff will receive training in teaching with technology. •
  • 6. Assessment of telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services Assessing our assets Assessing usefulness Updating software and hardware IT support Questioners
  • 7. Budget resources  Discount from 20 to 90 percent.  Eligibility to determine level of discount  National food act and federally approved alternative ,mechanisms.  E-Rate Program - Discounted Telecommunications Services -- Office of Non-Public Education
  • 8. Applied Discount Income Measured by% of students eligible foe the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Urban Location E-Rate Discount Rural Location E-rate discount Percentage of students using NSLP And the school is located in an Urban area If the school is in an Rural area > than 1% 20% 25% 1% to 19% 40% 50% 20% to 34% 50% 60% 35% to 49% 60% 70% 50% to 74% 80% 80% 75% to 100% 90% 90%
  • 9. Summary  The goal is to bring a 1 to 1 ratio of technology to all students and staff.  To continually support the staff with needed updates and knowledge of software.  Allowing for a smooth transition for a paper based classroom to a 24/7 access to instruction .  Maintaining and managing hardware.  Allowing the 21st Century Learner to be successful in the global economy.
  • 10. Resources  U.S. Department of Education, National Educational Technology Plan. (2010). Transforming american education: learning powered by technology Retrieved from www.ed.gov/technology  York, T. Department of Education, GCCISD. (n.d.). Goose creek cisd technology plan for e-rate year 12 Retrieved from http://schools.gccisd.net/docs/38- Tech%20e-Plan%202009-2012.pdf