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What is e rate

  1. 1. How Do Schools Pay for Connectivity? <ul><li>An overview of E-Rate funding and the NSCISD Technology Plan </li></ul>
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>What is E-Rate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful E-Rate Links </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does E-Rate work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Rate Application Process Flow Chart </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nixon-Smiley CISD Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we at in the plan? </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is E-Rate? <ul><li>Commonly know name for the The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Administered under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Useful E-Rate Links <ul><li>Texas Technology Planning and E-Rate Support Center http://tpesc.esc12.net/default.html </li></ul><ul><li>Universal Service Administration Company http://www.universalservice.org/sl/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Does E-Rate Work? <ul><li>There are four steps in the application process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing a technology plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek competitive bids from approved vendors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek discounts on eligible services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confirm receipt of services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invoice for services received </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. NSCISD Technology Plan
  7. 8. District Profile <ul><li>1,051 Students </li></ul><ul><li>3 Main Campuses and 2 Alternative settings </li></ul><ul><li>74% Economically Disadvantaged </li></ul><ul><li>Serves 7 small communities surrounding the communities of Nixon and Smiley </li></ul>
  8. 9. Needs Assessment <ul><li>Assessment Process: The district technology plan was developed along with the district improvement plan. The purpose of these plans are to improve student performance within all student groups to achieve state standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Existing Conditions: 3 T-1 lines (2 between Austin and 1 between Nixon and Smiley); 2:1 Student to Computer ratio; 100% of teachers have at least high speed-internet connected computer; MS PITSCO Lab; necessary software in all areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Needs: With the increasing cost of service, continuing to maintain the level of technology access we have enjoyed; professional development is also and ongoing need; maintenance and a three-year replacement cycle is also a challenge. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Goals <ul><li>Ensure access and equity for all students </li></ul><ul><li>Provide appropriate and effective professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure integration of appropriate technologies to maximize learning and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for community and family involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Provide necessary infrastructure to support learning and administrative functions </li></ul>
  10. 12. Summary <ul><li>E-Rate funding is available to offset the cost of connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Nixon-Smiley CISD has working technology plan in place </li></ul><ul><li>Nixon-Smiley CISD is eligible for E-Rate funding </li></ul>
  11. 13. Resources <ul><li>http:// www.nixonsmiley.net </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.universalservice.org/sl/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://tpesc.esc12. net </li></ul><ul><li>Nixon-Smiley CISD Technology Plan for E-Rate Year 13 </li></ul>Stop

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