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E-Rate and District Technology Plan

E-Rate and District Technology Plan

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  • 1. E-Rate and the Galveston Independent SchoolTechnology Plan
    Presented by
    Cathy Denise Parsons
    EDLD 5306
  • 2. Introduction
    *Technology Plan
    *Application Process
    Galvestion Independent School District
    Technology Plan
    *District Profile
    *Executive Summary
    *Needs Assessment
    *Goals and Objectives
  • 3. USACUniversal Service Administrative Company
    Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund is known as E-Rate
    Administered by the USAC under the direction of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
    Provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to attain affordable telecommunications and internet access
  • 4. Eligibility
    Schools must provide elementary or secondary education as determined under state law
    Schools may be public or private institutional day or residential schools, or public charter schools
    Schools must operate as non-profit businesses
    Schools cannot have an endowment exceeding $50 million
  • 5. Technology Plan
    The plan must meet specific criteria that address goals, strategies, needs, resources, and evaluation
    The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff know how to use these new technologies to improve education or library services
    The plan must include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services that will be needed to improve education or library services
    The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school or library to monitor progress toward specific goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities
  • 6. Application Process
    Submit application for support (form 471) online or paper
    The form must be certified by an authorized person to be considered complete
    The form must be postmarked or submitted online no later than the close of the application filing window
    Applicants must certify that they have secured access to the resources necessary to pay for non-discounted portion of the costs for requested eligible services and to make effective use of eligible services
    Applicants will receive Receipt of Acknowledgement Letter
    Applicants will be determined for eligible services
    Applicants will undergo an Application Review
    Applicants will receive a Funding Decision
    Applicants will begin Receipt of Services
  • 7. Galveston Independent School District Technology Plan 2005-2008Profile
    12 campuses
    Student enrollment 9011
    Technology Expenditures $4,402,400.00
    Technology Expenditure per pupil $488.56
    12 campuses have direct connection to the internet
    523 classrooms with direct connection to the internet
    Computer/Student Ratio 3:1
    Computer/Teacher Ratio 1:1
  • 8. Executive Summary
    Results show that security improvements need to be made
    New electronic data system for students and finance has been selected
    Two new instructional technology assistant positions have been established
    The State audit found that procedural improvements were needed to maximize funding
    Developed a strategic plan for the bond election
    All locations are connected to the Wide Area Network (WAN)
    Each campus has a file server containing folders for employee files and shared software assets
    Every campus has a Follett automated library system including a PC lab
    A committee has been established to ensure consistency across campuses
    Teachers will receive IT training and be required to pass a proficiency test in order to receive equipment or laptop labs
  • 9. Needs Assessment
    Builds upon the five year technology plan
    Require a commitment from Administrators to embrace technology and require all employees to follow the Administrators leadership in the use of technology
    Demonstrate commitment to use School District funding resources that are necessary for technology support and technology related staff development by the allocation of budget from local funds
    Adopt technology goals to exceed standards recommended by the State of Texas Long-Range Plan
    Ensure student success by creating initiatives supporting the adoption of technology in schools, home and community
  • 10. Goals
    Promote student academic achievement through the integration of technology
    Expand district wide staff development programs to ensure the effective use of technology resources while emphasizing instructional programs
    To improve communication by utilizing technology
    To enhance the quality of instruction through the effective use of technology investments and infrastructure
  • 11. Budget
    Budget year 2005 $3,806,800.00
    Budget year 2006 $297,800.00
    Budget year 2007 $297,800.00
  • 12. Technology Expenditures
  • 13. Year 2005
  • 14. Year 2007
  • 15. Evaluation
    GISD is currently participating in a Technology Planning & Evaluation Process
    The method will utilize campus Technology teams and Campus technologists as the individuals for meeting and discussing with each principal
    The information will be discussed in a group forum with the technology coordinator
    The results will be communicated to the Campus via a “Tech Plan Update”
    Measures are in the process of being implemented to ensure success and accountability
    Instrument for measuring Teacher Technology Skills Proficiency
    Staff Development designed to address needs/remediation
    Phase I teacher proficiency will qualify the teacher for access to PCs or laptops
    Software standards are being established and proficiencies will be Phase II
    Campus technology positions have been created
    Digital Curriculum have been implemented
    As additional tools and strategies are added, success measurements will be implemented
    Galveston Independent School District Technology Planning Committee. District Technology Plan [online] available.
    E-Rate Program.
  • 16. Summary
    USAC and GISD follows a criteria in developing a technology Plan
    Plans for the USAC and GISD address critical areas of the implementation and funding of technology
    USAC requires a mid progress report
    GISD does not require a mid progress report
    USAC has a rigid timeline
    GISD has a flexible timeline
    I find the District Technology Plan with many gaps and deficiencies that must be address in order to provide teachers and students with opportunities for meeting the standards in the global digital world.