Schools and libraries program of the universal service

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Schools and libraries program of the universal service

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

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