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  • 1. E-rate and Campus Technology
    E-rate—What is it and why is it important?
    And the Campus Technology Plan
  • 2. E-rate. . .
    Also known as the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund
  • 3. What does it do?
    The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for technological resources.
  • 4. Why is it important?
    Makes the following affordable to schools and libraries:
    Telecommunication services
    Internet access
    Internal connections
  • 5. How it works…
    Schools or Libraries must apply and be approved to receive discounts
    Once approved, schools or libraries must provide additional resources including end-user equipment, software, etc.
  • 6. Necessary Steps:
    Determine Eligibility
    Develop a Technology Plan
    Open a Competitive Bidding Process
    Select a Service Provider
    Calculate the Discount Level
    Determine Your Eligible Services
    Submit Your Application for Support
    Undergo Application Review
    Receive Your Funding Decision
    Begin Receipt of Services
    Invoice USAC
  • 7. Eligibility Requirements:
    Schools must provide elementary or secondary education
    May be public or private
    Must operate as non-profit business
    Cannot have an endowment exceeding $50 million
  • 8. Discounts
    Depend on level of poverty and urban/rural status
  • 9. Funding supplied:
    Funding is supplied under four categories:
    Telecommunications services
    Internet access
    Internal connections
    Basic maintenance
  • 10. How to learn more…
    Visit :
    Schools and Libraries Program of USAC
  • 11. Campus Technology Plan
    Goal: Provide current, proven technology to improve the efficiency of learning and provide technological knowledge and skills to students and teachers
  • 12. Main Objectives:
    Provide on-going staff development for all staff members in technology skill development and technology integration
    Work with campus staff promoting technology through integration of instruction in classroom and computer lab to help students master Technology TEKS
  • 13. Strategies to help staff:
    Conduct needs assessments
    Provide support to teachers
    Offer computer staff development
    Ensure computers/internet working
    STaR assessment
    Offer different trainings at different levels
    Offer technology grant opportunities
  • 14. Strategies to help staff: (cont.)
    Introductions to new hardware/software
    Provide training as needed
    Appraisal documentation kept online
    Providing necessary training
  • 15. Promoting Technology:
    Utilize computer connected televisions and projectors
    Lessons modeled by Campus Technology Specialist
    Teachers encouraged to submit lessons
    Teachers trained on various programs such as Tumblebooks, Discovery Learning, IXL, Brainchild, BrainPop, etc.
  • 16. Campus Technology Summary:
    Almost all the objectives have considerable progress or have been accomplished under each goal
    There are few areas of each objective that only have some progress
  • 17. References
    (2011). Retrieved from http://www.usac.org/sl/