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E rate overview

  1. 1. The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund<br />E-Rate @ Sharyland I.S.D.<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />What is E-Rate?<br />Why is E-Rate Important?<br />E-Rate Funding Categories<br />The E-Rate Application Process<br />Sharyland ISD Technology Plan Overview<br />
  3. 3. What is E-Rate?<br />Another name for the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund<br />Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)<br />Provides discounts to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access<br />
  4. 4. Why is E-Rate Important?<br />Without funding, many schools and libraries would not have basic Internet service and other more advanced technologies<br />Benefits of services and technologies provided extend in and out of the classroom<br />Schools in rural areas use the program to provide distance learning for students and teachers<br />Unemployed us Internet in libraries to search for jobs or learn new skills<br />
  5. 5. E-Rate Funding Categories<br />Funding is requested under four categories of service:<br />
  6. 6. The E-Rate Application Process<br />To receive funding, schools and libraries must take the following steps:<br />Step 1 Determine Eligibility<br />Step 2 Develop a Technology Plan<br />Step 3 Open a Competitive Bidding Process<br />Step 4 Select a Service Provider<br />Step 5 Calculate the Discount Level<br />
  7. 7. The E-Rate Application Process (Continued)<br />Step 5 Calculate the Discount Level<br />Step 6 Determine Your Eligible Services<br />Step 7 Submit Your Application for Program Support<br />Step 8 Undergo Application Review<br />Step 9 Receive Your Funding Decision<br />Step 10 Begin Receipt of Services<br />Step 11 Invoice USAC <br />Additional Details can be found at:<br />http://www.universalservice.org/sl/about/overview-process.aspx<br />
  8. 8. Overview and Goals to Achieve Our Technology Vision<br />The Sharyland ISD Technology Plan<br />
  9. 9. Sharyland ISD Technology Plan Overview<br />District has experienced a boom in it’s technology growth<br />Made possible by investment of local monies into technology and curriculum<br />The plan will prepare the students to be technology-ready today and in the future<br />
  10. 10. Technology Plan Goals<br />The plan identifies 9 goals to achieve our technology vision:<br />Provide the most current secure technology to meet the changing needs of the district<br />Expand and advance technical and instructional support throughout the district<br />To provide a safe secure environment for staff and students<br />
  11. 11. Technology Plan Goals (Continued)<br />Maintain & upgrade Telecommunications & Infrastructure.<br />Provide software to improve all aspects of education<br />Provide initial training and certification, along with continuing and advanced certification opportunities<br />
  12. 12. Technology Plan Goals (Continued)<br />Integrate technology across the curriculum at all educational levels<br />Increase availability, access, understanding and application of a variety of technologies to students at all levels<br />New construction to be properly planned for and adhere to applicable federal, state, and local building and safety codes.<br />
  13. 13. E-Rate Summary<br />E-Rate provides discounts to schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access<br />Without funding schools and libraries might not be able to afford basic internet access<br />Funding is requested under four categories of service:<br />telecommunications services<br />Internet access<br />internal connections<br />basic maintenance of internal connections<br />
  14. 14. Sharyland ISD Technology Plan Summary<br />The plan will prepare the students to be technology-ready today and in the future<br />Identifies 9 goals to achieve overall vision<br />

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