E- Rate Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund and technology in GISD By Terry Boyd
Agenda What is E-Rate? Eligible Services List (ESL) District Technology Improvement Plan How are we doing? (STaR Chart) Conclusion
Universal Service Fund Discount for acquiring telecommunication services for schools and libraries Based on need using data from free and reduced lunch program District requirements: internet access and internal connections for technology use in the classrooms E-Rate
Eligible Services List Categories Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections (BM) Internet Access (IA) Internal Connections (IC) Telecommunication Services (TS)
Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections Present to ensure that internal connection operations components are working. Not a one time fee- occurs repeatedly.
Internal Connections Basic installations and maintenance of network
Internal connections Equipment and wiring needed to receive internet in the classroom. Routers, hubs, network file servers, wireless Local Area Networks (LAN), software for operating file servers Personal computer used for fileservers or switches (not for students or teachers)
Telecommunications Services Basic Phone service (does not require technology plan) Non-basic telecom services (requires technology plan) Examples: pagers for security officials, high bandwidth telecommunication services, satellite delivery for distance learning, coaxial cable
Eligible Installation Activation Initial configuration Training Shipping Taxes and lease fees
Not Eligible Interest or finance charges Initial planning fees Late payments Termination charges Training of person using technology
GISD Technology Plan 4 campuses Total student enrollment: 1875 % Economically Disadvantaged: 51.37% 100% classroom internet access Computer to student ratio: 3 to 1
Goals of Technology Plan Goal 1: Increase student academic performance through the integration of technology in teaching and learning. Goal 2: Provide professional staff development focusing on curricular integration of technology. Goal 3: Maintain a technology infrastructure which meets current and projected needs
Goals of Technology Plan Goal 4: Administrative Services will maintain support of curriculum and assessment. Goal 5: The district will collaborate and communicate with the community and parents.
Asessment of Needs : STaR chart data Technology Application Standards Focus group input Staff development need surveys and interviews Inventories of equipment and software
Needs Assessment 1. The district shall maintain a reliable infrastructure to support the current and projected technical and instructional needs of teachers and students. 2. The district shall continue to provide increased access to multimedia computers for each teacher and student.
Needs Assessment 3. The district shall ensure the implementation of Technology Application TEKS in grades K-8 as required by the state. 4. The district shall provide professional development opportunities for teachers and staff at varied levels of technology use and for the integration of technology into instruction.
STaR Chart Data Completed annually by schools receiving federal funding Assesses the following areas: Teaching and learning Educator preparation and development Leadership, Administration, & Instructional Support Infrastructure for Technology
Elementary School STaR Rating 2010 Technology and Learning: Developing Technology - 11 Educator Preparation & Development: Developing Technology - 10 Leadership, Administration, & Instructional Support: Developing Technology - 13 Infrastructure for Technology: Developing Technology - 12
In Conclusion…. E-Rate is being used to help find funding for technology in our district The district has a plan in place with goals for improvement The STaR Chart data shows room for growth Giddings ISD technology plan STaR Chart Universal Services Company