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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


If you are experiencing a technology outage or issue with a UCFSD platform please click the link below to submit a ticket. The Application Status page provides our users with updates on issues occurring throughout the district.

 

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.

2019

January

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.

 

February

The technology committee gave an update at the February work session.  General updates were given on the current reported initiatives lead by the technology team.  No new updates were given during the meeting and all initiatives are on track for on-time completion. Highlights and action plans for this assessment are provided below.
 

March

The technology committee gave an update at the March work session.  General updates were given on the current reported initiatives lead by the technology team.

We added the security assessment initiative and Policy 237 re-write to this months dashboard.

The security assessment will review our current internal/external network structure as well as our policies and procedures internally.

Policy 237, students personal electronics policy, is being reviewed as a district for accuracy and to provide necessary consolidation and language updates.  Most of this work will come from the policy committee going forward.

The committee also discussed Network Phase 2 for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.  The committee received approval to execute the plan that will continue upgrades, efficiencies, reliability, and speed of our network.  The project cost will not exceed $100,000. Below is the presentation that was given during the work session.

All initiatives are on track for on-time completion. Highlights and action plans for this assessment are provided below.

March 2019 Technology Committee General Updates
March 2019 Network Phase 2 Presentation

April

The technology committee gave an update at the April work session. General updates were given on the current reported initiatives lead by the technology team. 

This month we closed out the Account Automation project and Network Phase 1 project. 

The committee also gave an update on Policy 237 which will be lead by our policy committee.  The review of other district Policy 237 was conducted and the proposed Policy 237 was in line with PSBA recommendations and with other surrounding districts. The policy will be up for first reading in May 2019.

All remaining initiatives are on track for on-time completion. 

April 2019 Technology Committee General Updates

May

The technology committee gave an update at the May work session.  General updates were given on the current reported initiatives lead by the technology team.

The committee also gave an update on Policy 237 which will be lead by our policy committee.  All changes requested from April’s work session were updated to the final proposed policy.
 

The technology team has initiated both phases of the security assessment project.  The project is on task and an update will be given to the board in June.
 

The committee also presented a proposal to seek services from CDW for the Aruba wireless migration.  This migration will consolidate all our wireless controllers into a pair of controllers in our main data center.  The current controllers need to be replaced and this solution of consolidation is not only more cost effective but easier to manage.  Our elementary to high school fiber project completed in January 2019 afford us this opportunity to consolidate resources. This will be a part of our summer Network Phase 2 project.
 

The committee presented a proposal to award Toshiba Business Services the lease and printer contract for the next five years.  This project included all our building administration and our staff level leaders. The project focused on consolidating our standalone printers and to upgrade our current multi functional device fleet. The district goal is to reduce printing and create more digital content.  

 

From the business office but with technology ties is the introduction of RevTrak Online payment system.  The business office presented a solution that ties directly into Powerschool to allow our parents and students the ability to pay online. This solution also supports our school cafe system and eventually our athletics will be using this system to pay athletic fees.  
 

May 2019 General Updates

Aruba Price Savings and Comparison

MFP Cost Comparison

June

The technology committee gave an update at the June work session.  General updates were given on the current reported initiatives lead by the technology team.
 

A project for Network Phase 2 was added to the general updates top tasks to track for the board this coming school year.
 

A voting item was presented to seek approval for Tri-M to perform an upgrade of the fiber at CFPMS.  The current multi-mode fiber will be upgraded to single mode and properly configured and terminated using industry standards. The connection from the transportation office to CFPMS will also be upgraded to single mode fiber. This is a part of the Network Phase 2 project and will be consist with the work that was performed at UHS.
 

June 2019 General Updates

 

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.
 
 

April

April 2018 Technology Update
 

The technology committee met at the April work session.  We provided an update to our general initiatives and projects.  Updates to those projects are located in the link below.

We added the Centralized Printing Initiative Phase 2 - CFPMS project.  We completed the District Camera Server Solution project.

Centralized Printing project is a continuation of an initiative from Unionville High School.  We installed papercut licensing on our MFP devices and gave our users a code to retrieve print jobs, make copies or scan to digital format.  The purpose of this project is to create digital content. This initiative will cut down on paper usage, provide secure lock printing, and the ability to retrieve print outs from any MFP device through the building utilizing the “Follow me Print” utility.  We plan on continuing this initiative in summer of 2019 throughout the rest of our buildings.

The team completed the District Camera Server solution installation in April.  The goal of the project was to provide a centralized server for camera management and retrieval.  The previous Axis server software and hardware did not meet the needs for our end users trying to retrieve camera footage.  Our new system supports all operating systems and the ability to access footage from mobile devices. The hardware and storage was also upgraded.  This project will set the foundation to consolidate all of our systems into a centralized system.

UCFSD Technology Committee Presentation

May

May 2018 Technology Update
 

The technology committee met at the May work session.  We provided an update to our general initiatives and projects.  Updates to those projects are located in the link below.

No projects or initiatives were added or completed in May.

May 2018 Technology Committee General Updates

June

June 2018 Technology Update
 

The technology committee met at the June work session.  We provided an update to our general initiatives and projects.  Updates to those projects are located in the link below.

No projects or initiatives were added or completed in June.

June 2018 Technology Committee General Updates

July

July 2018 Technology Committee Update
 

The Technology Committee did not meet during the July work session.

August

August 2018 Technology Committee Update
 

The Technology Committee did not have information to share at the August work session.

September

September 2018 Technology Committee Write Up


The technology committee gave an update at the September work session.  General updates were given on the current reported initiatives lead by the technology team.

We discussed the work to date performed by the technology team based on the three year technology plan.  Updates were provided with current state as of August 2018. More information is provided below in the presentation delivered at work session.

One initiative was delayed, the Aruba Wireless Controller Upgrade.  Given the other initiatives and the risk associated with this project, we decided to push the project to summer of 2019.  All other initiatives are on track for on-time completion. Highlights and action plans for this assessment are provided below.

September 2018 Technology Committee General Updates
September 2018 Technology Update Presentation

 

October

October 2018 Technology Update

The technology committee gave an update at the October work session.  General updates were given on the current reported initiatives lead by the technology team.

Aruba Wireless controller initiative has been delayed until Summer 2019.  All other initiatives are on track for on-time completion. Highlights and action plans for this assessment are provided below.

October 2018 Technology Committee General Updates

 

November

November 2018 Technology Committee


The technology committee gave an update at the November work session.  General updates were given on the current reported initiatives lead by the technology team.

We discussed the current state of Chromebook repair numbers for the district.  The technology team recommended a different model device for this upcoming school year and so far we are seeing positive results in repair numbers.  More information is provided below in the presentation delivered at the work session.

The committee also discussed Securly 24.  This service is provided by Securly and it provides centralized monitoring of student web and email.  Securly 24 is staffed with trained crisis counselors to determine if activity on the student account should be brought to the attention of our district administration.   The cost is $7,940 and the contract is through April of 2020. More information is provided below in the presentation delivered at work session.

All initiatives are on track for on-time completion. Highlights and action plans for this assessment are provided below.

November 2018 Technology Committee General Updates
November 2018 Chromebook Repair Presentation
November 2018 Securly 24 Presentation

December

December 2018 Technology Committee Update
 

The Technology Committee did not meet during the December work session.

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

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.

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

SwiftK12 - School Messaging System

SwiftK12 - Subscribing to School Alerts

Effective communication is an important tool to allow us to engage students, staff, parents and all stakeholders in support of student achievement.

The UCF Swift K12 school notification system is used for sending out important updates for your students including school closures, safety information, events, and general information. SwiftK12 is embedded within your PowerSchool account and allows you to choose what messages you would like to receive from the district.

To ensure we maintain the best contact information for your child, please log in to the parent portal and review your data and alert preferences.

  • Log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Contact your schools main office if you need help logging in.
     
  • Click the SwiftReach/Swift K12 link in the upper left corner of the page - located under Alerting
     
  • Once you are on the SwiftK12 page, please click the Contact Information link in the upper right corner. Verify all information is accurate. Please make sure you Save any changes made.
     
  • Once you verify your contact information is correct please click the Alert Preferences link in the upper right corner.
     
  • The Alert page allows you to choose what communications you would like to receive from the district. Please Note - Emergency Preferences CANNOT be changed for the safety of our students.
 

Securly For Chromebooks

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District utilizes the web filtering solution, Securly. This solution was implemented in 2017 to help keep students safe on their school-issued devices.

Starting in September 2019, you will receive a weekly email from Securly.com that will show you a preview of your child’s online activity. To receive access to their full online activity history, you can enter the free Parent Portal.

If you do not wish to receive the weekly email from Securly, simply click unsubscribe in the bottom left corner of the email.

To enter the Parent Portal, click on the "go to my parent portal" link, or the “sign up” link at the bottom of your weekly email. You will be asked to check two boxes and then click “Yes, please set up my account.” Once you do this, you will receive an email with login and password information. After you set up your account, you can enter the Parent Portal anytime by going to www.securly.com and clicking on “login" then "parent".

The Parent Portal contains three categories on the left from which you can choose:

1. Activity (shows a real-time audit trail of your child's online activity)

2. Flagged (shows posts made on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ that have been flagged by Securly as potentially related to self-harm or bullying

3. Settings (allows you to control content on the device at home only)

 

Any Securly Parent Portal questions, please email help@securly.com

For UCFSD Technology questions, please email Justin Webb - jwebb@ucfsd.net

 

Learn More About the Securly Parent App

Securly Parent FAQ

SecurlyHomeVideo.mp4

 

The goal of the The District Download is to be a helpful resource for all of our end users and a way for us to better connect with our UCF community and your needs, as well as keep you informed of all the "happenings" in the world of technology here at UCF.

In each issue, you can expect to see information on software updates, new and improved hardware, infrastructure upgrades, and a few quick tips. We will keep a running list of past issues on our website as well, so you can always refer back to previous editions.
 
Questions? Please email technewsletter@ucfsd.net
 

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

Kimberly Van der Mooren

Technology Office Manager

Scott Dixon

Technology Data Assistant