The Schools And Libraries Program

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The Schools And Libraries Program

  1. 1. The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund “ E-Rate”
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is E-Rate </li></ul><ul><li>Why is E-Rate Important </li></ul><ul><li>How do you Apply for E-Rate </li></ul><ul><li>Northwest ISD Technology Plan Overview </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is “E-Rate” <ul><li>What the School and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund is also known as </li></ul><ul><li>Provides telecommunications and Internet discounts for school and libraries in the USA </li></ul><ul><li>Is one of the four support programs funded by the Universal Service fee </li></ul><ul><li>The Schools and Library Program </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is E-Rate Important <ul><li>By using E-rate we may be able to fund internet connections and access for many of our rural schools in our district. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discounts on Internet Access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Additional Resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize the connectivity fund </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Staff Development <ul><li>We have applied for grants </li></ul>
  6. 6. Telecommunications & Internet Access <ul><li>We have not applied for E-rate </li></ul>
  7. 7. How do you Apply for E-Rate <ul><li>Create a technology plan </li></ul><ul><li>Verify your plan as the 5 elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation Process </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How do you Apply for E-Rate (cont.) <ul><li>Technology plan covers the upcoming funding year </li></ul><ul><li>Update your contact information at the Client Service Bureau </li></ul><ul><li>USAC has approved your Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Applicant Check off list </li></ul>
  9. 9. Northwest ISD Technology Plan Overview and Updates <ul><li>2009-2010 Updates </li></ul>
  10. 10. Technology Plan <ul><li>Implement Instructional Software with curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development for Instructors’ </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficient Technology Support </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain and enhance (WANS and LANS) </li></ul><ul><li>Five-year Replacement cycle of computer systems </li></ul>
  11. 11. Technology Plan (cont.) <ul><li>Staff will be proficient in using Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help desk will be available to staff and students. </li></ul><ul><li>Northwest Long Term Plan </li></ul>
  12. 12. Technology Updates <ul><li>2009-2010 All High school students will receive NetBooks </li></ul><ul><li>2010-2011 All Middle school students will receive NetBooks </li></ul><ul><li>Email was set-up for all students and staff </li></ul><ul><li>NetSchool was implement for curriculum </li></ul>
  13. 13. Summary <ul><li>E-Rate is a way Schools and Library’s can obtain Telecommunications and Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Using the correct steps our district can apply for “E-Rate” </li></ul><ul><li>The Long-Range Plan of Northwest ISD </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Updates: NetBooks & NetSchool </li></ul>

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