MyNotes on Technology Lending Program Grant


TEA recently (03/07/2014) announced a grant (Yay!) for Technology Lending Program:

The goal of the program is to ensure that students have dedicated access to a personal technology device through a check-out program. The program awards grants to Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charters to implement a technology lending program to loan students the equipment necessary to access and use electronic instructional materials. Grantees may provide internet access for educational purposes…costs may be covered through grant funds.

Source: http://goo.gl/lz89fC

Here are my imperfect notes on the Technology Lending Program (TLP) Grant:

  • Submit Info to TEA
  • If approved, Progress Reports Due to TEA
    • 04/15/2015 – First interim progress report (10/1/2014-3/31/2015)
    • 10/15/2015 – Second interim progress report (4/1/2015-9/30/2015)
    • 04/15/2016 – Third interim progress report (10/01/2015-3/31/2016)
    • 09/30/2016 – Final report (04/01/2016-08/31/2016)


    Funding
    • 130 Grants will be awarded ranging from $50,000 – 100,000


    Project Period
    • Implemented 2014-2016 school year
    • Starting date no earlier than October 1, 2014 ending no later than August 31, 2016


    Notes on the Application Process (feel free to fill it in)

    1. With the Technology Lending Program Grant, districts can move forward with the implementation of electronic instructional materials while ensuring access for students through loaned equipment for learning at school and at home.
    2. The program awards grants to Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charters to implement a technology lending program to loan students the equipment necessary to access and use electronic instructional materials.
    3. Total Funds Available: $10M (not federal funds)
    4. About Grant Submission:
    1. Due May 13th at 5:00pm
    2. 4 copies of application with 3 copies bearing original signature in blue ink by person authorized to bind the organization in a contract (Jim Selby or Gary Patterson)
  • Purpose of Grant
    1. Must be aligned to Long Range Plan for Technology
    1. learners must have access to relevant technologies, tools, resources, and services for personalized learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    2. New teaching and learning practices in classroom that extend to home and encourage teachers to incorporate innovative models
    3. Extend learning opportunities and student productivity beyond walls of classroom
    4. Appropriate technology, electronic instructional materials & resources, and connectivity to access the resources
    5. The TLP intends to enable districts to move forward with the implementation of electronic instructional materials while ensuring access for students through loaned equipment for learning at school and at home.
  • District requirements
    1. at least 40% eco disadvantaged students at participating campuses per PEIMS 2012 snapshot data
    2. Must have approved technology plan on file for the 2013-2014 school year
    3. STaR Chart report for 2012-2013
  • Goal
    1. The goal of the program is to ensure that students have dedicated access to a personal technology device through a check-out program.
    2. Applicant should describe how it will leverage existing personal tech devices, including any existing or planned programs, and how it will use the lending grant program for additional access.
    3. Describe existing/to be created systematic processes for students to check out and check in the equipment that ensures students have tech they need for learning at school and at home.
    4. Create a process for teachers on campus to coordinate the sharing and use of lending equipment.
    5. Residential internet access for students:
    1. Grantees may provide internet access for educational purposes…costs may be covered through grant funds.
    2. Local ISP will also be required to provide technical assistance to student or parents.
  • Responsible use agreement must be available with digital citizenship strand of the Tech Apps TEKS.
  • Applicants selected for funding are required to account for the tech equipment purchased with grant funds.
  • Insurance is required
  • Expenditures
    1. Grant funding will be provided to Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools that assure that funds provided under the IMA r other funding sources are insufficient to purchase enough lending technology for every student who needs dedicated access to a device.
    2. Indirect cost rate …lesser of current approved indirect cost rate or 15%
    3. Non-Allowable Expenditures
    1. Professional development for teachers. Needs to be provided ahead of the grant and/or non-grant funds if during the grant period (e.g. October 1, 2014-December 31, 2014)
    2. Debt service (lease-purchase)
    3. Audit services for state-funded grants
    4. Personnel costs
    5. Purchase or lease of furniture
    6. Tech infrastructure other than that allowed
    7. Evaluation of the program
    8. Electronic textbooks or other digital content except in case where tech equipment and digital content are bundled in one price.
  • Allowable Expenditures
    1. Equipment means personal, portable wireless devices such as laptops, tablets, or other technological devices that access to digital content in order to meet the objectives of the district’s or charter school’s technology plan.
    2. Purchase of equipment includes an operating system and productivity software, where applicable. Grantees may image device as needed
    3. Carrying case for equipment
    4. Equipment maintenance allow for 2 years extended warranty. Multi-year agreement must be payable upon receipt of a single invoice received during grant period.
    5. Equipment insurance
    6. Home Residential Internet access for students (equipment purchased remains property of district even though it may be issued to students). Includes installation and monthly/annual service.
    7. Admin funds – only 15% of total grant award.
  • TEA Program Requirements
    1. Describe how lending program aligns with existing mission and goals of district
    2. Prioritize campuses with highest need for a TLP
    3. Describe how to ensure access to lending equipment and residential access to the internet among students with greatest need
    4. Alignment of TLP with current curriculum, instruction, and classroom management policies and/or practices.
    5. Use electronic instructional materials in one or more foundation curriculum subject area(s) for one or more grade levels.
    6. Describe professional development for teachers in use of electronic instructional materials that has already occurred or will occur no later than first 3 months of grant implementation.
    7. Describe how infrastructure is adequate to support students’ anticipated use of devices provided through the grant.
    8. Applicant must describe how the grant will be administered on participating campuses, including:
    1. Check-out and check-in process
    2. Person(s) responsible for this process
    3. How TLP equipment will be maintained in proper working condition
    4. Inventory tracking with insurance
  • Technology Lending Agreement – must be signed by parents/guardians of students and by the student. Must address:
    1. Responsible Use Agreement that addresses:
    1. Use of digital resources
    2. Internet use
    3. Digital citizenship
    4. Use of equipment
  • Performance Measures
    1. Number and percent of students who checked out a device as part of tech lending program by grade level on participating campus(es)
    2. Number and percent of eligible economically disadvantaged students participating in the TLP
    3. Number and percent of eligible eco disadvantaged students who had internet access installed in their residence as part of TLP
    4. Ratio (e.g. 1:1) of tech devices to students needing devices on participating campuses
    5. Number and names of courses using digital content on participating campuses
    6. Titles of digital materials used within courses as part of TLP on participating campus(es)
    7. Number and percent of teachers on participating campus(es) who leverage electronic instructional materials to students as a result of TLP
    8. Number of online courses taken by participating students as a result of TLP
    9. Number and percent of participating students who demonstrate proficiency
    10. Student participation in rigorous college preparatory courses measured through enrollment
  • Scoring Criteria
    1. More than one campus will participate in the TLP grant
    2. One or more participating campus(es) has an established tech lending program
    3. One or more participating campus(es) is using electronic instructional materials in more than one foundation curriculum subject area


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