Schools and Libraries Program of theUniversal Service Fund or E-Rate Presentations by: Michelle EDLD 5306
Introduction* E-Rate is a discount that schoolsand libraries could use to acquireinternet and telecommunications* Schools and libraries can receivea discount between 20 and 90percent on telecommunicationservices
Agenda Qualifying Eligibility Technology PlansAlexander Learning Center’s Plans Conclusion
Qualifying for E-Rate1. Determine district eligibility2. Develop a technology plan3. Complete competitive bidding process4. Choose a service provider5. Figure out discount level
Qualifying Continued 6. What are eligible services 7. Submit Application 8. Application Review Process 9. Receive Funding Decision 10. Begin Receipt for Services 11. Data and Invoices to USAChttp://www.usac.org/sl/
Eligibility forSchools*Provide elementary education*Non-profit*Meet the definition by No Child Left Behind Actof 2001* No endowment of more than $50 million
Eligibility for Libraries• Libraries *Eligible for state funds *Budget must be separate from schools *Non-profit * Meet the definition from the 1996 Library Services and Technology Act
Caddo Parish and State Technology Planshttp://www.louisianaschools.net/lde/uploads/10213.pdfhttp://www.doe.state.la.us/divisions/tech/technology_standards.html* Student created chart from www.chartgo.com. Students fill in the information and data. The chart or graph is then created.
Alexander Learning Center’s Mighty Eagles1. Strengthening leadership in technology2. Improve teacher technology training3. Increase and support infrastructure for new technology4. Increase online learning opportunities to increase student achievement
Technology Professional Development OpportunitiesALC’s teachers receive technology trainingthrough: on-site trainers fellow teachers online partners training from the technology center
District and Administrators and Infrastructure• Administrators and district leaders are continually working to make every effort to meet the new demands made by technology . New Servers New Computers Faster Internet Connections Funding
Strengthening Leadership Administrators are also learning more abouttechnology. They are receiving training aboutmeeting the needs of the 21st century learner. Assessing the needs of students and programs. Learning and using the latest technology.Compile data from assessment for accountability
Improve Student Achievement*Assess student knowledge through assessments* Offer online classes and projects to increase student achievement* Provide a wide variety of internet and technology learning activities that can be accessed at school and homeStudents will achieve life-long learning skills usingtechnology.
“So, let’s not just adopt technology into our schools. Let’s adaptit, push it, pull it, iterate with it, experiment with it, test it, andredo it, until we reach the point where we and our kids truly feelwe’ve done our very best” (Prensky, 2008).Prensky, M. (2008). Adopt and adapt: Shaping tech for the classroom. Edutopia. The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/print/1423Schools, teachers, and students need to change with changing technology.Embrace technology and the learning that needs to take place to secure theUnited States a place in the world economy.
Conclusion* E-Rates or The Schools and Libraries Programof the Universal Service Fund offers a greatopportunity for schools.* 21st Century Learners need moreopportunities to learn with new technology* Technology is changing and so is education. E-Rates is a great opportunity!