Technology at John Mills
At John Mills Elementary School, we believe that helping students develop as 21st-century learners is key to their ability to be successful in our technologically diverse world.
To meet this objective we provide a variety of opportunities for our students to learn about and interact with technology on a daily basis.
Technology in the Classroom
We actively pursue new and exciting ways to integrate technology throughout the learning day. In the process, our students receive valuable hands-on experience with a variety of digital tools, devices and applications that help them develop 21st-century skills.
Our technology education program is developed using the standards from the International Society for Technology in Education.
Our technology teacher, Ms. Lisa Berkery, develops age-appropriate units and lessons that allow students to develop their understanding of web research, use of Google Classroom, presentation development, programming, keyboarding and more.
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
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
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 John Mills 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.