Alternative instructional strategies for engaging all types of learners
Enhanced resources 24-7 for all stakeholders
Student assistance in developing high-skills in technology
Curriculum essential for academic and workplace success
Ability for all teachers to integrate technology effectively into teaching and learning
WRCCISD Technology Goals
All students and teachers will utilize interactive technologies and a variety of digital resources to support research-based instructional strategies and interventions to improve student learning and meet diverse learning needs.
All stakeholders in the West Rusk CCISD will benefit from the district’s rich network, filtered electronic and distance learning resources available on-demand (24-7) and concurrently supported by partnerships with Suddenlink, ERATE, Ed Tech, foundational grants, state allotment, federal funding, Connections Grant, and district buy-in.
All instructional staff receive ongoing professional development based on needs exhibited by multiple assessments.
All community stakeholders will be provided opportunities for increased access to technology and school-based information to promote parental and community involvement in planning and learning 24/7.
District technology department will increase the amount of technical assistance to staff, classroom implementation, help desk support, applications online, administrative software effectiveness, and remote deployment of updates and roll-outs.
District technology infrastructure will be evaluated, updated, and maintained on a scheduled basis for maximum instructional and informational support.
What does this mean?
With the implementation of the technology plan:
Ability of teachers to teach will increase
Students will be enabled to meet challenging state academic standards
Affordable Access = E-Rate
When the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was signed into law, for the first time schools and libraries became eligible for Universal Service support.
Goal: to ensure that schools and libraries have affordable access to advanced telecommunications
What is E-Rate?
The E-Rate is the discount that schools and libraries will receive for the acquisition of telecommunication services.
Who is eligible?
Schools: all elementary and secondary schools as defined within the Elementary and Secondary Education
Libraries: individual library branches, library facilities, library systems, and library consortia as defined in the Library and Technology Act
What services are available?
regular telephone lines for teachers to receive phone calls in the classroom, pagers for security officials, high bandwidth telecommunication services, satellite delivery for distance learning, and coaxial cable
Available services cont’d
services for access the internet, for example, e-mail and access to the World Wide Web
Content, such as paid subscription service, is not covered.
Available services cont’d
Internal Connections: Bringing the technology into the learning environment
Basic installation and maintenance of a network: routers, hubs, network file servers, wireless LAN, and software needed for operation of file servers.
What is not covered?
There are some components that are not covered under E-Rate.
Computers for teachers or students, fax machines, modems, software, professional development, and asbestos removal. Resale of discounted services is prohibited.
What are the discounts and how are they determined?
Discounts range from 20-90 percent and are based on economic disadvantage and geographic location.
The level of discounts is based upon the level of eligibility in the federal free and reduced lunch program.
E-Rate Data for West Rusk CCISD
What does all this mean?
We are able to have high level technology access to:
Build technical, communication, media, and information literacy through collaboration.
Build understanding across subjects and across cultures.
Engage students in real-world data, tools, and expertise for solving meaningful problems.
Provide an environment for students to become visionaries, innovators, and highly-skilled collaborators.
E-Rate Additional Information
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