Inside District 401's classrooms, technology plays a crucial role in preparing our students to be 21st-century learners. Our teachers actively pursue new ways of blending devices and apps with innovative instruction to enhance student learning.
To help make all of this and more possible, the Technology Department provides essential hardware, software and infrastructure support to faculty, staff, administrators and students.
Who We Are
The department's staff consists of:
► Mr. Tom Kinane
Director for Technology, District 401
► Mr. Quirino Carlin
Network Administrator, District 401
► Mr. Doug Selix
Network Administrator, District 401
► Ms. Fran DiDavide
Technology Specialist, based at Elmwood Elementary School
► Mr. Herbeis Garcia
Technology Specialist, based at Elm Middle School
► Mr. Anthony Ginczycki
Technology Specialist, based at Elmwood Park High School
Under Mr. Kinane's direction, the department maintains a support line for District employees who encounter technology problems. Employees can submit questions and requests for help by using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We Do
Our network administrators and technology specialists work to ensure that District 401's infrastructure can meet the demands of a technology-rich learning environment.
This includes providing support for any of the following:
► Network and connectivity issues
► Hardware and device issues, including problems related to Chromebooks and other laptops, as well as phones, projectors, printers and similar items
► Information security issues, including student and staff login issues and password resets for students
► Software issues except for those related to Google apps (the latter are handled by the Instructional Technology Department; see below)
► Use of the PowerSchool student information system
► Use of the Mastery Manager student growth module
As noted above, District employees can submit requests for help by using the following email address: email@example.com.
For more information about requesting technology support, please click here.
How We Differ from the IT Department
Although both departments work for the common purpose of providing the District with the best technology environment possible, their specific areas of focus differ.
As noted above, the Technology Department concentrates on issues related to network infrastructure, connectivity, information security, hardware and non-Google software support, data management, the PowerSchool student information system and the Mastery Manager student growth module.
The IT Department concentrates on instructional practices and how technology can be used to impact teaching and learning. IT also provides support on Google app-related issues. The department reports to Director for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Leah Gauthier.
1:1 Implementation and Beyond
District 401's commitment to technology was underscored in 2016 with the adoption of the District Technology Initiative. Under this plan, each Elmwood Park High School student will be equipped with a Chromebook beginning in 2018-19, followed by 1:1 implementation at Elm Middle School in 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.
For More Information
To learn more about technology in District 401 and the role played by the Technology Department, we invite you to visit the pages and documents listed below, or click the links located on the left-hand side of this page.
NOTE: The "Acceptable Use Policy" listed here applies to all D401 students, while the "Chromebook Policy" currently applies to EPHS and Elm students only. However, we encourage all parents and students to familiarize themselves with both policies.