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For EDLD 5352, EA1208, March



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  • District Technology Plan
    Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund
  • Agenda
    Universal Service Fund Overview
    Schools and Libraries Program
    District Technology Plan
  • Universal Service Fund
    Established by the FCC in the Telecommunications act of 1996
    Promote and increase the availability of telecommunications services nationwide at reasonable costs
  • Universal Service Fund
    High-Cost Program
    Low-Income Program
    Schools and Libraries Program (E-rate)
    Rural Health Care Program
  • Schools and Libraries Program
    Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
    Commonly known as E-rate
    Provides affordable telecommunications services to schools and libraries, especially in rural and economically disadvantaged areas
  • Schools and Libraries Program
    Supports connectivity discounts for: telecommunications services, Internet access, internal connections, and basic maintenance of internal connections.
    Discounts depend on poverty level and the urban/rural status of the population served
  • Schools and Libraries Program
    Discounts range from 20% to 90%
    Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium
    Requires submission of a district technology plan
  • CBISD Technology Plan
    Outlines current state of technology in the district
    Outlines major goalsfor three year period
  • Current State of Technology
    At least one computer per classroom
    All computers internet connected
    Printers in 90% of classrooms
    Document cameras in all classrooms
    Digital projectors in all classrooms
    Productivity software on all computers
  • Current State of Technology
    8 computer labs for student use
    File server for storing files
    Virtual School via OdysseyWare for earning credits online
    Eduphoria program for professional development
    DMAC software for data disaggregation
  • Current State of Technology
    Skyward software for grades, attendance, parent communication, and other student records
  • Future Technology Goals
    2 mobile computer labs per campus
    Wireless networking on each campus
    Handheld technology available on campus (upgraded graphing calculators and/or tablet computers)
    Online collaboration software or websites for teachers
  • Future Technology Goals
    Support teachers in creating class websites and online resources
    Online library for curriculum and learning resources for staff, students, and parents
    Offer distance learning courses
    Integrate technology standards into scope and sequences
  • Future Technology Goals
    Provide access to internet-connected computers outside of regular school hours
    Improve response times of tech support
  • Conclusion
    CBISD has made great gains with the available number of internet-connected computers and software offerings
    There is much progress to be made in how technology is fully integrated in the classroom