Mansfield ISD Technology Plan and E-Rate

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  • 1. Mansfield ISD: E-Rate & Technology Plan Ekena Wilkins EDLD 5306
  • 2. Agenda:
    • Overview of E-Rate
    • How E-Rate Works
    • Overview of a Technology Plan
    • Mansfield ISD’s Technology Plan
    • Review
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Objectives: After Viewing this Presentation, You Should…
    • Learn what E-Rate’s purpose is, and how applicants benefit from its resources
    • Discover what a Technology Plan is, and how they are used by schools/districts
    • Access Mansfield ISD’s Technology Plan, and understand how it is used
  • 4. Overview of E-Rate
  • 5. What is E-Rate?
    • E-Rate is The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund.
    • It is administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • 6. What Does E-Rate Do?
    • Provides discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunications products and internet access.
    • Goal is equitable technology access for educational campuses
  • 7. How E-Rate Works
  • 8. Who Is Eligible for E-Rate?
    • Schools, districts, and libraries
    • Campuses must apply for E-Rate to confirm eligibility.
    • Discounts depend on factors such as
      • poverty level
      • urban/rural status
  • 9. How does E-Rate Assistance Work ?
    • Assistance ranges from 20%-90% of costs of eligible services
    • Applicants provide other resources to use E-Rate connectivity
      • End-user equipment
      • professional development
      • Software
    • Campuses/districts include E-Rate assistance in their Technology Plan
  • 10. Overview of a Technology Plan
  • 11. What is a Technology Plan?
    • Technology plans are “detailed blueprints” that outline strategies for improving technological implementation with a unified goal in mind
      • Serve as vision statement
      • Help spark accountability
      • Emphasize cohesiveness in implementation
  • 12. How do Technology Plans Work?
    • There are four main sections of a technology plan:
      • Teaching and Learning
      • Educator Preparation and Development
      • Administration and Support Services
      • Infrastructure for Technology
    • Each section has an Implementation & Evaluation strategy
  • 13. Mansfield ISD’s Technology Plan
  • 14. What Does it Cover?
    • District’s Technology Advisory Committee
    • Goal Statement
    • Implementations and Evaluation points for each section
    • Detailed scenarios of how E-Rate and other resources will be used
    • For a detailed look, visit
    • http://www.mansfieldisd.org/departments/technology/pdf/techplan-yr12.pdf
  • 15. What are the Main Focal Points?
    • Equity & accessibility of telecommunications equipment and internet for all students
    • Adequate instruction infused with technological tools
    • Relevant professional development & administrative standards for implementation
    • Sound infrastructure that uses E-Rate, budgeting, and stakeholders’ funds responsibly
  • 16. Equity
    • Who Qualifies:
    • Pre-AP
    • Gifted & Talented
    • Special Education
  • 17. Instruction
    • Phasing in of new technological equipment
    • Mastery of skills
      • Critical reading & thinking
      • Problem solving
      • Synthesis
      • Collaboration
  • 18. Professional Development
    • Continuous, consistent, convenient
    • Caters to instruction, not merely technology
    • Involves all faculty, staff, and administrators
  • 19. Infrastructure
    • Effective budgeting
    • Conservative spending
    • Close involvement with stakeholders
    • E-Rate
    • Detailed personalized campus infrastructure
  • 20. What are the Results?
    • Each year, data is released to the MISD site outlining how well schools did in implementing technology implementation strategies
    • MISD uses the STaR Chart to monitor schools’ progress.
    Mansfield High Summit High Timberview High Legacy High
  • 21. MISD High School 2010-2011 STaR Results Infrastructure for Technology Admin. & Support Services Educator Prep & Development Teaching & Learning Year 2010-2011 Overall Totals 14 13 13 13 17 13 16 13 13 12 13 12 14 12 14 12 Legacy High Timberview High Summit High Mansfield High
  • 22. Review
    • E-Rate is a program that provides discounts for equitable access to telecommunication equipment and connectivity
    • Schools, districts, and libraries apply for assistance
    • Discounts vary depending upon financial need
  • 23. Review
    • Technology Plans help districts and schools better implement technology in education
    • Serve as detailed blueprints with implementation strategies and evaluation plans in place
  • 24. Review
    • Schools evaluate their progress of implementing their technology plans using released data from STaR charts
  • 25. Conclusion
    • Districts, and schools rely on one another for support and accountability to ensure students receive a quality education
      • Reliable equipment
      • Reputable resources
      • Knowledgeable teachers
      • Dedicated administrators
  • 26. Conclusion
    • When schools, districts, or other campuses cannot meet all their needs independently, programs like E-Rate are valuable
      • Equitability
      • Accountability
      • Consistency