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E rate.fisd tech

  1. 1. E-Rate and Frisco ISD’s Tech Plan
  2. 2. Agenda  Introduce and summarize  The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (E-Rate)  Frisco ISD’s District Technology Plan  Review references
  3. 3. E-Rate – Overview  Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)  “Provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access” (Universal Service Administrative Company, 2010).
  4. 4. E-Rate – Funds  Four service categories funded:  Telecommunications services  Internet access  Internal connections other than basic maintenance  Basic maintenance of internal connections
  5. 5. E-Rate – Eligibility  Discounts range from 20%-90% of the cost of eligible services  Depends on level of poverty and urban/rural status
  6. 6. E-Rate – Technology Plan  Interested schools or districts must prepare a technology plan that shows how technology will be used to improve:  Curriculum  Library Services
  7. 7. E-Rate – Forms and Letters Forms and Letters Information Needed / Provided FCC Form 470 Begins competitive process for desired services FCC Form 471 Seeks funding for eligible services Funding Commitment Decision Letter Schools & Libraries Division (SLD) decides on funding requests FCC Form 486 Informs SLD of beginning of services FCC Form 472 or FCC Form 474 Tells SLD to pay service provider
  8. 8. Frisco ISD
  9. 9. Frisco ISD Tech – Goals  Increase availability of technology  Increase training opportunities for new technologies  Assess and ensure administrator, educator and student proficiency with technology  Utilize technology for increased communication between campuses and the global community
  10. 10. Bledsoe Elementary School
  11. 11. Frisco ISD – Support Staff  Technology Integration Facilitator  Assigned to every campus  Provides campus staff development  Assists with technical support  Technology Integration Specialist  Assigned to every campus  Assists in planning and integration of technology
  12. 12. References  Universal Service Administrative Company. (2010). Overview of the schools and libraries program. Retrieved from: http://www.usac.org/sl/about/overview-program.aspx  Universal Service Administrative Company. (2010). E- Rate discounts for schools and libraries. Retrieved from: http://www.usac.org/_res/documents/sl/pdf/E-rate- Overview.pdf  Frisco ISD. (2008). Technology mission, vision and goals. Retrieved from: http://www.friscoisd.org/departments/technology/mission.h tm  Frisco ISD. (2008). Technology supporting instruction. Retrieved from: http://www.friscoisd.org/technology/teachers.htm

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