Technology at Elmwood


At Elmwood Elementary School, we believe proficiency in the use of technology is essential to thriving in today's world. Our teachers actively pursue new and exciting ways to integrate technology into the classroom to enhance our students' learning.

Elmwood’s curriculum supports the development of 21st-century skills by introducing our students to the fundamentals of technology and giving them valuable hands-on experience with a variety of tools, devices and applications.


District Technology Initiative


The use of technology throughout the curriculum will become even more pronounced as District 401 implements its long-term 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 (scroll to bottom of the page). 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. All Elmwood faculty will eventually receive this training.

Provided by the District’s IT team, this training 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.


For More Information


To learn more about technology at Elmwood, please visit the pages listed below, or click the links located in the left-hand column of this page.


District Technology Initiative


Technology FAQ


Requesting Tech Support (Non-Google Issues)


IT Help Desk (Google-Related Issues)


IT Department Website


New Acceptable Use Policy


Digital Citizenship AUP Contract