Instructional Technology & Tech Support
Inside District 401's classrooms, technology plays a crucial role in preparing our students to be 21st-century learners. Our teachers actively pursue new and exciting ways to blend technology with instruction to enhance student learning.
District Technology Initiative
The use of technology throughout the curriculum will become even more pronounced as District 401 implements its long-term 1:1 Technology Initiative, with the goal of equipping each Elmwood Park High School student with an internet-connected device by the 2018-19 school year and each Elm Middle School student by 2019-20.
Meanwhile, Elmwood and John Mills elementary schools will benefit from the movement of existing laptop carts from the high school and middle school, so that all teachers and students will have increased opportunities for the instructional uses of technology throughout the day.
In addition, the use of Google educational tools and apps will saturate the District, with all grade levels operating under Google Classroom by 2019-20.
Instructional Technology Department
To assist our teachers and administrators with District 401's move to 1:1 device implementation, the Board of Education in 2016 approved the creation of an Instructional Technology Department — or "IT" for short.
Our IT Department has its own Google site. The staff consists of:
► Ms. Jessica Iovinelli
Instructional Technology Coordinator, District 401
► Mr. Dave Porreca
As IT Coordinator, Ms. Iovinelli plays four main roles in the District Technology Initiative:
► Provides technology-based professional development for teachers, staff and administration, which includes training in the use of G Suite for Education, a collection of web-based applications formerly known as "Google Apps for Education."
► Assists classroom teachers with designing and implementing effective formative activities that use multiple forms of technologies, educational tools and resources while also increasing student engagement.
► Identifies and models best practices associated with the District's technology plan, and meets regularly with staff and administration to use technology to support differentiated learning.
► Leads a District Technology Team focused on gathering and interpreting data regarding the efficacy of the District Technology Initiative.
Technology Support Staff
District 401's technology specialists provide essential hardware, network and web-based computing support to our faculty, staff and administrators.
Please note that while our tech specialists are in charge of Chromebook maintenance, all other Google-related issues are handled by the IT Department mentioned above.
Although our tech support personnel are separate from the IT Department, both groups work together for the common purpose of providing the District with the best technology environment possible.
Our technology support staff consists of:
► Mr. Tom Kinane
Technology Director, District 401
► Mr. Doug Selix
Network Administrator, District 401
► Mr. Quirino Carlin
Technology Specialist, John Mills Elementary School & Early Childhood Center
► Ms. Fran DiDavide
Technology Specialist, Elmwood Elementary School
► Mr. Herbeis Garcia
Technology Specialist, Elm Middle School
► Mr. Anthony Ginczycki
Technology Specialist, Elmwood Park High School
G Suite for Education
As noted above, our teachers and administrators have begun to receive training in G Suite for Education as part of District 401’s long-term 1:1 Technology Initiative.
This training, provided by the District’s IT team, will enable our teachers to use technology in their classrooms even more effectively and help our students become proficient digital learners.
G Suite for Education consists of free web-based word processing, calendar, presentation, drawing, email, forms and spreadsheet programs that will soon be available for all District 401 students.
Using these tools, students will be able to work collaboratively to create, edit and share files and websites for school-related projects and to communicate via email with other students and teachers. These services are entirely online and available 24/7 from any internet-connected device.
1:1 Device Implementation
Gradual saturation of devices has begun at Elmwood Park High School and also at Elm Middle School, with a projected full 1:1 implementation at EPHS slated for 2018-19 and at Elm for 2019-20.
Updates on the trainings and implementation, as well as resources for community members, can be found on the IT Department website.
Affordable Home Internet Access
If you don't have high-speed internet access at home, you might be eligible for Comcast's "Internet Essentials" package.
Under this package, Comcast provides high-speed internet to your home for $9.95 per month (plus tax). Details are available on our Comcast Affordable Internet Access page.
For More Information
To learn more about technology in District 401, we invite you to visit the pages listed below, or click the links located on the left-hand side of this page.