How does it affect me?</li></li></ul><li>What is E-Rate?<br />E-Rate is the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism.<br />It provides discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunications and Internet access. <br />It provides connectivity to libraries, not equipment.<br />
What is E-Rate?<br />There are four categories they fund:<br /> 1) Telecommunications Services<br /> 2) Internet Access<br /> 3) Internal Connections (other than <br /> Basic Maintenance)<br /> 4) Basic Maintenance of Internal <br /> Connections<br />
Why is E-Rate important?<br />E-rate gives libraries discounts of 20% to 90% depending on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served. (USAC overview)<br />Click here for what services are eligible<br />
How schools get discounts…<br />In order to apply for E-rate discounts, districts must<br />submit a technology plan which contains:<br /><ul><li>Clear goals and a realistic strategy for using technology.
A sufficient budget to acquire and support </li></ul> non-discounted elements of the plan.<br /><ul><li>An evaluation tool to monitor progress toward goals</li></ul>(USAC overview)<br />
Conroe ISDTechnology Mission Statement<br />To facilitate life-long learning and promote school-community interaction, CISD will enable students and staff to effectively participate in a rapidly changing world by providing access to technological resources and by supporting innovation. <br />(Conroe ISD Technology Plan www.conroeisd.net)<br />
Conroe ISDTechnology Plan<br /><ul><li>Improve achievement and productivity by restructuring the teaching and learning environment.
Provide time and training for utilizing technology.
Provide technological connections between home, school and the world.
Monitor and evaluate technology plans continuously.</li></li></ul><li>How does all of this affect me?<br />Conroe ISD is:<br /><ul><li>Embracing wireless WebPC’s.
Using online environments for storage as well as software.
Supporting teacher professional development in technology.</li></li></ul><li>New Learning Environments!21st Century Learning environments – Connectivity<br />CISD Technology by Campus Type<br />
Conroe ISD is helping teachers move from…<br /><ul><li>Teacher-centered instruction to student centered learning