Introduction This presentation will explain briefly What E-rate is Why we need it How it can be used Merkel’s Technology Plan
What is E-Rate? Federal program for funding communication services to schools and libraries Administered by USAC (Universal Services Administrative Company) Offers discounts from 20 – 90%, on eligible services & products
What’s in it for Merkel? Our demographics: 5 campuses 1,167 students 52% economically disadvantaged Total tech budget $1,620,020 Tech expenditure per student $1,374 We’re eligible for 80% discount! Who wouldn’t love an 80% off sale?
What can it pay for? Communications-related expenses Internet connectivity Phone service PBX systems (telephone systems) Routers, switches, & other equipment to connect it all Maintenance & upkeep on services
What does it NOT pay for? Computers Laptops File servers Professional development Other tech equipment (cameras, software, etc.)
To apply for E-Rate discount We must have a state-approved Technology Plan that explains Our technology goals Strategies for meeting those goals How and where we spend our tech money
MISD’s Tech Plan Our district tech plan is aligned with the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology which includes 4 key areas: 1 - Goals For Teaching and Learning 2 - Educator Preparation and Development 3 - Administrative and Support Services 4 – Infrastructure
1 -Teaching & Learning Goal Summary We will integrate technology into all content areas and district operations with an emphasis on student centered learning. Students who have ‘learned how to learn’ will grow into adults who can succeed in an information-driven age. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving, data collection, information management, communication, and presentations. Budgeted: $385,000
2 - Educator Preparation & Development Goal Summary The district will provide opportunities for all the staff to participate in training and on-going support. We will provide staff development that is accessible, needs driven, multi-level, site-based, and community-involved. Budgeted: $374,000
3 - Administrative & Support Services Goal Summary The District will provide the necessary support and infrastructure to meet technology goals and objectives. The Technology Coordinator & Assistant Superintendentwillcoordinate data processing, instructional technology, copier services, and library technology. Budgeted: $743,820
4 – Infrastructure Goal Summary The District will continue to technologically enhance equipment, facilities, and provide connectivity to provide a state-of-the-art school environment. Budget: $643,820
Summary Meeting our goals takes a lot of money! All our goals involve connections – to each other, to the Internet, and to our students E-Rate helps MISD meet the goals of the tech plan by providing discounts for essential communications products.