“ E-Rate” is the School and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund.
Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Provides discounts to schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access
Discount is determined by the % of students eligible for free and reduced lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
It serves as the standard for assessing technology preparedness in Texas K-12 schools
NCLB 2001 requires that all students be technology literate by the end of 8 th grade
The STAR chart produces a profile of your campus’ status toward reaching the goals of the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology and NCLB
The STAR Chart is developed around 4 key areas.
Texas students must become active participants in the learning process
Our challenge is to move from the traditional teacher-led learning to a student-centered collaborative model
We must empower our young citizens to succeed in a global and digital world of information
This area includes patterns of classroom use, content area connections, online learning, instructional setting, technology applications (TA) TEKS implementation and the student mastery of the TA TEKS
We must prepare teachers for significantly different roles, different students, different tools and resources, and different methods of instructing students beyond the face-to-face classroom.
A challenge is securing time, resources, and effective educator professional development
This area includes capabilities of educators, levels of understanding and pattern of use, capabilities with online learning, professional development experiences, participation, and models of professional development.
Leaders must model the effective use of technologies as well as articulate clear expectations for their faculty and staff
Time for ongoing, sustained professional development must be provided
This area includes planning, instructional support, communication & collaboration, budget, leadership & vision, and leadership & support for online learning
The infrastructure of a school is the critical area of support for all areas
Issues of support and maintenance for existing and evolving technologies will test our true commitment to connecting schools
This area includes students per computer, internet speed, classroom technology, technical support, local area & wide area network, and distance learning capacity
As a brand new campus we have no STAR Chart data, so let’s examine data from a neighboring campus (AMS) and the state data to see what the implications will be for our campus.
http://starchart.esc12.net/ AMS appears to be going backwards in some respects over the 3 year span that is shown. This could be explained by the lack of funding given to technology during that time period and the decision of the district to make computer classes optional and to integrate technology into core classes Statewide our focus needs to be on Teaching/Learning and Educator Preparation. More information about the STAR Chart can be found at:
Implications for Woodcreek
As a new school we have been given the newest in technology.
How have we changed the way we teach?
Are we actively engaging students and making learning relevant?