E-RATE(Federal Telecommunications discounts for schools and libraries) Created by: Dave Sheiner
It is a federal program administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) which makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services. What is E-Rate?
Schools:All elementary and secondary schools as defined within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are covered. Private schools are eligible as long as they are not operated as a for-profit business and do not have an endowment exceeding $50 million. Individual schools, school districts and consortia are eligible applicants. Who's Eligible? Libraries: Public libraries as defined in the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) are also eligible. This includes individual library branches, library facilities, library systems and library consortia.
Telecommunication Services:Schools and libraries are given maximum flexibility to choose among different types of commercially available telecommunication services for both voice and data. Examples include: 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. Internet Access: Services for accessing the Internet are eligible for discounts. For example, E-mail and access to the World Wide Web are subject to discounts. Content, such as a paid subscription service, is not covered. Internal Connections--Basic installation and maintenance of a network are eligible for discounts. Examples of eligible technologies necessary for establishing a network include: routers, hubs, network file servers, wireless Local Area Networks and software needed for operation of file servers. Personal computers used solely as switches or fileservers are eligible. However, personal computers for teachers and students are not covered. What Services are Available?
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The CNUSD Technology plan for July 1 2011 to June 30 2014 serves as both the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) education technology plan and the E-rate plan for the district. This plan contains goals, benchmarks and timelines that cover all three years and address the thirty-two required criteria for state approval. This plan summarizes criteria such as the use of technology tools for classroom management, description of districts current use of hardware and software to support teaching and learning, current access to technology tools during the school year, and student assignments that involve using technology. http://www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/cms/lib/CA01001152/Centricity/Domain/18/CNUSD_Tech_Plan_2011.pdf Technology Plan
Technology Plan:Professional Development Computer Skills The Technology Plan also outlines professional development for teachers and staff. It focuses on computer knowledge and skills such as internet skills, email skills, word processing skills, presentation software skills, spreadsheet software skills, and database software skills.
Technology Plan:Professional DevelopmentIntergration of Technology into curriculum
Technology Plan:Professional DevelopmentIntergration of Technology into curriculum The technology plan also outlines professional development for integrating technology into curriculum. A district poll was conducted and a majority (79%) of teachers would like to see trainings integrating technology into the curriculum. Smaller percentages (21%) of our teachers still need to receive basic computer and technology skills. This trend shows that our teachers are moving beyond the basic applications of computer technology and moving towards the integration of technology into the curriculum. The site technology leader on campus helps coordinate professional development with the district. The site leadership on our campus is the school librarian