Technology at Elm

At Elm Middle School, we believe technology is an integral part of preparing our students to be 21st-century learners. 

All of Elm’s teachers incorporate technology into their lessons and provide opportunities for students to research and discover through online learning. Our language arts classes, for example, provide students with computers to compose and revise their writing.  

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.

Technology Support Staff

District 401's technology specialists provide essential support to our teachers and students as they make use of the latest in educational hardware, software and web-based computing. 

The District technology staff consists of:

Mr. Tom Kinane
Technology Director, 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. Doug Selix
Network Supervisor, Elmwood Park High School

Note to faculty and staff members: Information about requesting tech support is available at this link. Please use the procedures outlined on that page.

Instructional Technology Department

To assist teachers and administrators with District 401's move to 1:1 device implementation, the Board of Education in 2016 approved the creation of a two-person Instructional Technology Department — or "IT" for short.

The IT staff oversees training in the use of G Suite for Education, a collection of web-based applications formerly known as "Google Apps for Education."

Our IT Department consists of:

Ms. Jessica Iovinelli
Instructional Technology Coordinator, District 401

Ms. Rachel Swanson
Instructional Technology Coach, District 401

Note to faculty and staff members: Information about requesting IT support is available here. In addition, the IT Help Desk can be accessed via this link.  

G Suite for Education

As noted above, 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 incorporate best practices in the use of classroom technology, which in turn will provide the foundation for our students to 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 will begin in 2017-18 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.