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The UCFSD Technology Department manages all areas of technology related to helpdesk support , purchasing, digital devices, network infrastructure and security. Our Instructional Technology team supports curriculum and instruction, professional development, program development and evaluation, student data and databases. UCFSD employs a full-time staff of professionals to support District-level and building-level technology initiatives.



Justin Webb
Director of Technology
Phone: (610) 347-0970 x3331
jwebb@ucfsd.net


Technology Department Resources & Links

Three-Year Technology Plan

In May 2018, the Technology department presented the school board directors with a three-year technology plan.  This plan will begin in the 2018-19 school year.  Each initiative will be approved by the board during our annual May board budget meetings.

Three-Year Technology Plan Board Presentation

Technology Committee

The technology committee meets once a month to review current technology initiatives.  An update is provided to the school board of directors once a month during the board work session.

2018

January

January 2018 Technology Update
 
The technology committee met at the January work session.  We provided a framework on how the committee will deliver updates to the school board of directors.  Below is the presentation outlining the process.
 

February

February 2018 Technology Update
 
The technology committee met at the February board meeting.  We provided an update on a couple of initiatives. 
 
Aruba wireless controller upgrade project will help the technology team to push out updates to the wireless controllers at each building.  We will be installing a master virtual server to control these changes, centrally.  
 
10G Fiber connection project will move all our current elementary school broadband connections from a 1.5mb T1 line and local Verizon or Comcast connection to a direct fiber connection back to our main data center.  The plan is to rollout the connections during the course of the year and complete by end of this calendar year.  We will in turn use the Verizon or Comcast connections as a backup connection.
 
District camera solution project will take our current Axis server software solution to a milestone server software solution. Space will be upgraded to support our retention schedule and to prepare for consolidation of all camera systems at each building to one centralized solution.  We will start at our high school, middle school, and transportation centers and as we move our elementary schools to new fiber we will consolidate those buildings into this solution.  This solution will provide our administration better accessibility to cameras in the district.
 
 
 

March

March 2018 Technology Update
 
The technology committee met at the March work session.  We provided an update to our general initiatives and projects.  Updates to those projects are located in the link below.  
 
We added two additional projects to our updates.  Network Phase 1 and UHS Internal Fiber Installation.  Links are provided below with costs and justifications.
 
Network Phase 1 will replace our aged switches and provide a single switch vendor.  We will be replacing all our non-Cisco switches with Cisco switches.  We will be upgrading any switch that is over five years old.  We will also add new Palo Alto firewalls at each elementary school to provide each site with two connection paths back to our main data center.  Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) will be added to each data room and closet to provide safe power and one hour of uptime.
 
UHS Fiber Installation will replace our current multimode fiber in favor of single mode fiber.  The current fiber is installed in an adjacent room and is not set to the proper color standard.  We will solve these issues in addition to upgrading all internal fiber.
 
 

2019

January

January 2019 Technology Update

The technology committee gave an update at the January work session.  General updates were given on the current report initiatives lead by the technology team.  The committee also gave a presentation on the wireless network assessment conducted in conjunction with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.  This assessment was a district goal for the 2018-19 school year.  Overall the assessment was a positive report, there are a few areas that will need remediation.  Highlights and action plans for this assessment are provided below.
 

Policies and Guidelines

ChromeBooks

Digital Citizenship

Canvas

Canvas is an learning management system(LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier.

Students love accessing all of their course materials in one spot, and our faculty are particularly pleased with the efficiency of assignment submission and grading.

Canvas Login

Parent Technology Webinars

The purpose of the parent webinars will be to focus on a technology topic as well as provide an arena for parents to ask questions about the different technology used at Unionville-Chadds Ford School District

UCFSD will plan on having a webinar once a month with different topics each month.

Please join us in this effort to expand communication and learning throughout the district and to you parents!

Please RSVP to Jon Mall - jmall@ucfsd.net


2017 - 2018 Webinars

Links to School-based Resources

Educational Technology Overview

UCF Mission and Vision

The District's mission statement provides our fundamental purpose - it is what we are truly about as an organization - "To empower each student to succeed in life and contribute to society"

School districts are built upon the promise of potential – the potential of the students, faculty, staff, and community as a whole. Our vision is the picture of the district operating at its best. When the Unionville-Chadds Ford School district is operating at its best, we are all unlocking the potential of our students, faculty, staff and community. Our vision statement simply put is: Unionville-Chadds Ford School District – “Unlocking the Potential in All of Us!”


UCF Educational Technology - Background and Goals

Our instructional technology program exists to support and enable the district's mission and vision by supporting the learning environment within our schools.

Background

We recognize that the rate of change in our world is increasing and that superior skills in the understanding and responsible use of technology are essential to unlocking student potential. Students live in a digital world and their needs have driven our teachers to adopt more and more advanced instructional technology tools in their classrooms. In 2013, UCFSD’s Board called for a comprehensive review of the District’s instructional technology program, resulting in a comprehensive report and recommendations for the future.

The Educational Technology Roadmap presented and adopted in March of 2014 calls for increasing technology integration into our instructional program. Teachers will make course content available digitally, while improving their use of digital tools and resources. Students will have more access to portable devices and the ability to access content 24/7. Professional development and extending our network is critical to the success of these initiatives. While we continue to support technology integration to enhance student achievement, we will increase our efforts to promote digital citizenship in all of our courses.

Goals

Classroom Learning Environment

  • Support innovation, exploration, and creativity
  • Foster high-order thinking and understanding over simple knowledge of facts
  • Connect to real-world inquiry based-learning, where critical thinking and problem solving are key components of instruction
  • Drive collaboration

Given the mission, vision, and learning environment goals, instructional technology acts as an enabler. Specific goals for integrating technology include:

  • Engaging all learners - students, parents, and teachers
  • Providing access - anytime, anywhere
  • Building teacher capacity and supporting innovation through continuous learning and professional development
  • Using social media to support inquiry and collaboration while building digital literacy

2015 - 2017 Educational Technology Plan

2014-2015

After the development of the Educational Technology Roadmap, we conducted a pilot program of the Canvas Learning Management System. There were two major outcomes of the pilot.

  1. Participants in the program confirmed that Canvas provided many benefits for teaching and learning and should be adopted by the District. Based on this finding, we are moving forward inplementing Canvas, primarily for secondary education.
  2. Many in the LMS pilot believe they could more fully realize the potential of the LMS if their students had greater access to computers/devices. Based on this finding, we will conduct a 1:1 pilot program using Chromebooks in the fall of 2015. Below are some details of the pilot program.

2015-2016

In 2015-2016, we continue to roll out Canvas while evaluating the right model for a 1:1 initiative.

  1. 50 more secondary teachers will be trained and will adopt Canvas in their classroom.
  2. One Patton team and two teachers at Unionville High School will participate in a 1:1 Chromebook pilot.

2016-2017

The vision for 2016-2017 is that we will be ready to roll out our new educational technology infrastructure. The size and scope of this roll out will depend on an evaluation of the 1:1 pilot.

For more details, review the presentation to the Board April 2015 and read the full Memo to the Board from the June 2015 Board meeting.



District Technology Contacts

Justin Webb

Director of Technology

Jonathan Mall

Technology Integrator

Lisa Dorazio

Database Administrator

Matthew Fogleman

Network Technician

Ryan Dadalski

District Technology Specialist

Jen Graper

District Technology Specialist

Susan Norris

Data Assistant

Kimberly Van der Mooren

Technology and Communications Secretary