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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

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

Policies and Guidelines

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.


ChromeBooks

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

Digital Citizenship

Links to School-based Resources

Acceptable Use of the Electronic Communications Systems - Policy 815

Purpose

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District provides its employees, students, and guests (“users”) access to technology resources including, but not limited to, electronic communications systems, computers, computer networks, networked devices, hardware, software, internet access, mobile devices, peripherals, copiers, and cameras.

The Board supports the use of the district’s technology resources to facilitate teaching and learning, to provide access to information, to aid in research and collaboration, to foster the educational mission of the district, and to carry out the legitimate business and operation of the district.

The use of the district’s technology resources is for appropriate school-related educational and operational purposes and for the performance of job duties consistent with the educational mission of the district. Use for educational purposes is defined as use that is consistent with the curriculum adopted by the district as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities and developmental levels of students. All use for any purpose must comply with this policy and all other applicable codes of conduct, policies, procedures, and rules and must not cause damage to the district’s technology resources.

All employees and students are responsible for the appropriate and lawful use of the district’s technology resources. This policy is intended to ensure that all users continue to enjoy access to the district’s technology resources and that such resources are utilized in an appropriate manner and for legitimate purposes.

Authority

The Board establishes that access to and use of its technology resources is a privilege, not a right, which may be revoked at any time. The district’s technology resources are the property of the district. The district provides these resources for educational and operational purposes as stated herein and are not provided as a public access service or to provide a public forum.

The Superintendent or his/her designee is ultimately responsible for overseeing the district’s technology resources. The Superintendent will designate the Director of Technology who will serve as the coordinator and supervisor of the district’s technology resources and networks, and who will work with other regional and state organizations as necessary to educate users, approve activities, provide leadership for proper training for all users in the use of the district’s technology resources and the requirements of this policy, and who will establish a system to ensure that users who access district technology resources have agreed to abide by the terms of this policy.[4][5][2][3]

The Superintendent or his/her designee is directed to implement Internet safety measures to effectively address the following, both through general policy and through the use of filtering technology:[2][5]

  1. Access by minors to inappropriate or harmful content.
  2. Safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and social networking.
  3. Prevention of unauthorized access of district technology resources.
  4. Prevention of unauthorized disclosure and dissemination of minors’ personal information.

Definitions

District Technology Resources - District technology resources means all technology owned and/or operated by the district, including computers, projectors, televisions, video and sound systems, mobile devices, calculators, scanners, printers, cameras, portable hard drives, hardware, software, routers, and networks, including the Internet.

User - User means anyone who utilizes or attempts to utilize district technology resources while on or off district property. The term includes, but is not limited to, students, staff, parents and/or guardians, and any visitors to the district that may use district technology.

Guidelines

Un-Authorized Use Prohibited

Only users who have agreed to abide by the terms of this policy may utilize the district’s technology resources. Unauthorized use, utilizing another user’s district account, or exceeding one’s authorization to use district technology resources is prohibited.

Use of Personal Electronic Devices

The use of personal electronic devices on the district network is permitted only on designated networks. When a user connects a personal electronic device to a district network or district technology resources, this policy and its guidelines apply. Users are subject to the same levels of monitoring and access as if a district-owned device were being utilized. Users who connect a personal electronic device to a district network explicitly waive any expectation of privacy in the content exchanged over the district technology resources.

Privacy

The district reserves the right to monitor any user’s utilization of district technology resources. Users have no expectation of privacy while using district technology resources whether on or off district property. The district may monitor, inspect, copy, and review any and all usage of district technology resources including information transmitted and received via the Internet to ensure compliance with this and other district policies, and state and federal law. All e-mails and messages, as well as any files stored on district technology resources may be inspected at any time for any reason.

Internet Filtering and CIPA Compliance

The district utilizes content and message filters to prevent users from accessing material through district technology resources that has been determined to be obscene, offensive, pornographic, harmful to minors, or otherwise inconsistent with the district’s educational mission. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish a procedure for users to request that a legitimate website or educational resource not be blocked by the district’s filters for a bona fide educational purpose. Such requests must be either granted or rejected within three school days pursuant to the established procedure.

The Board directs that the Superintendent or his/her designee ensure that students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels are educated about appropriate online behavior including interacting via social networks and in chat rooms, cyber-bullying, and disclosure of personal information.

Monitoring

District technology resources shall be periodically monitored to ensure compliance with this and other district policies including monitoring of users’ online activities. The network administrator designated by the Superintendent shall ensure that regular monitoring is completed pursuant to this section. However, the Superintendent, or his/her designee, shall also implement procedures to ensure that district technology resources are not utilized to track the whereabouts or movements of individuals, and that remotely activated cameras and/or audio are not utilized except where necessary to recover lost or stolen district technology.

Parental Notification and Responsibility

The district will notify parents/guardians about the district’s network and the policies governing its use. This policy contains restrictions on accessing inappropriate material. There is a wide range of material available on the Internet, some of which may not be fitting with the particular values of the families of the students. It is not practically possible for the district to monitor and enforce a wide range of social values in student use of the Internet. Further, the district recognizes that parents/guardians bear primary responsibility for transmitting their particular set of family values to their children. The district will encourage parents/guardians to specify to their child(ren) what material is and is not acceptable for their child(ren) to access through the district system.

Parents/Guardians are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of the district’s networks when they are accessing the system from home.

District Limitation of Liability

The district makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, that the functions or the services provided by or through the district system will be error-free or without defect. The district will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The district is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.

District Provided Resources

District technology resources may be assigned or allocated to an individual user for his or her use (e.g. individual e-mail accounts, laptop computers, etc.) Despite being allocated to a particular user, the technology resources remain the property of the district and may be revoked, suspended, or inspected at any time to ensure compliance with this and other district policies. Users do not have an expectation of privacy in any district provided technology resource or any of its contents.

General Prohibitions

The following uses of district technology resources are prohibited:

  1. Use of technology resources to violate the law, facilitate illegal activity, or to encourage others to do so.
  2. Use of technology resources to violate any other district policy.
  3. Use of technology resources to engage in any intentional act which might threaten the health, safety, or welfare of any person or persons.
  4. Use of technology resources to cause, or threaten to cause harm to others or damage to their property.
  5. Use of technology resources to bully, or to communicate terroristic threats, discriminatory remarks, or hate.
  6. Use of technology resources to communicate words, photos, videos, or other depictions that are obscene, indecent, vulgar, profane, or that advocate illegal drug use.
  7. Use of technology resources to create, access, or to distribute obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, pornographic, harassing, or terroristic materials, firearms, or drug paraphernalia.
  8. Use of technology resources to attempt to interfere with or disrupt district technology systems, networks, services, or equipment including, but not limited to, the propagation of computer “viruses” and “worms”, Trojan Horse and trapdoor program codes.
  9. Altering or attempting to alter other users’ or system files, system security software, system or component settings, or the systems themselves, without authorization.
  10. The attempted physical harm or attempted destruction of district technology resources.
  11. Use of technology resources in a manner that jeopardizes the security of the district’s technology resources, or in a manner that attempts to circumvent any system security measures.
  12. Without permission or authorization of the user or the district, use of technology resources to intentionally obtain or modify files, passwords, and/or data belonging to other users or to the district.
  13. Use that conceals or attempts to conceal a user’s identity, including the use of anonymizers, or the impersonation of another user.
  14. Unauthorized access, unauthorized interference, unauthorized possession, or unauthorized distribution of confidential or private information.
  15. Using technology resources to send any district information to another party, except in the ordinary course of business as necessary or appropriate for the advancement of the district’s business or educational interests.
  16. Use of technology resources to commit plagiarism.
  17. Installing, loading, or running software programs, applications, or utilities on school district technology resources that are not explicitly authorized by the district technology staff.
  18. Installing unauthorized computer hardware, peripheral devices, network hardware, or system hardware onto technology resources.
  19. Copying district software without express authorization from a member of the district’s technology staff.
  20. Political Lobbying, as defined by the Pennsylvania Lobbying Registration, as amended, and the Pennsylvania Election Code, as amended. district employees and students may use the system to communicate with their elected representatives and to express their opinion on political issues.
  21. Use of district technology resources to tether or otherwise connect to a non-district owned device to access an unfiltered and/or unmonitored Internet connection.
  22. The use of proxies or other means to bypass Internet content filters and monitoring.
  23. The use of technology resources to gamble.
  24. Unauthorized access into a restricted system or changing settings or access rights to a restricted system or account.
  25. The use of encryption software that has not been previously approved by the district.
  26. Sending unsolicited mass-email messages, also known as spam.
  27. Scanning the district’s technology resources for security vulnerabilities.

Selection of Material

Board policies on the selection of materials will govern the use of the Internet. When using the Internet for class activities, teachers will select material that is appropriate in light of the age of the students and that is relevant to the course objectives. Teachers will preview the materials and sites they require or recommend students access to determine the appropriateness of the material contained on or accessed through the site. Teachers will provide guidelines and lists of resources to assist their students in channeling their research activities effectively and properly. Teachers will assist their students in developing the critical thinking skills necessary to ascertain the truthfulness of information, distinguish fact from opinion, and engage in discussions about controversial issues while demonstrating tolerance and respect for those who hold divergent views.

Safety

To the extent possible, users of the network and Internet will be protected from harassment or unwanted or unsolicited communication. Any network user who receives threatening or unwelcome communications shall immediately bring them to the attention of a teacher or administrator.

Unless part of job function or with authorization by the district, the user may not disclose, use or disseminate personal information of other students or employees including, but not limited to, student’s grades, Social Security numbers, home addresses, telephone numbers, school addresses, work addresses, credit card numbers, health and financial information, evaluations, psychological reports, and educational records. Personal contact information includes home address, telephone numbers, school address, and work address.

Due Process

The district will cooperate fully with the district’s Internet Service Provider, local, state, and federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to any illegal activities conducted through the district system. In the event there is an allegation that a student has violated the district’s Acceptable Use Policy, the student will be provided with a written notice of the alleged violation and an opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the Student Disciplinary Code. Disciplinary actions will be tailored to meet specific concerns related to the violation and to assist the student in gaining the self-discipline necessary to behave appropriately on an electronic network. If the alleged violation also involves a violation of other provisions of the Student Disciplinary Code, the violation will be handled in accordance with the applicable provision of the Student Disciplinary Code.

Employee violations of this policy will be handled in accordance with district policy. The district may terminate the account privileges of a guest user by providing notice to the user. Guest accounts not active for more than thirty (30) days may be removed, along with the user’s files without notice to the user.

Search and Seizure

User violations of the district Acceptable Use Policy, the Student Disciplinary Code, district policy or the law may be discovered by routine maintenance and monitoring of the district system, or any method stated in this policy, or pursuant to any legal means.

District employees should be aware that their personal files very well may be discoverable and could be discoverable in the event of any form of litigation. Everything that district employees place in their personal files should be written as if a third party would review it.

The district reserves the right to monitor any electronic communications, including but not limited to Internet access, and e-mails. Students and employees should not have the expectation of privacy in electronic communications, even when used for personal reasons.

Consequences for Inappropriate Use of District Technology

Violations of this policy may result in the temporary or permanent revocation of a user’s right to access district technology resources. Additionally, students may be subject to other forms of disciplinary actions for violations of this policy and/or local, state, and/or federal law.[3]

Delegation of Responsibility

The Superintendent shall develop procedures, in cooperation with the district technology staff, for the acceptable use of all district technology resources including, but not limited to software, hardware, electronic devices, servers, and networks.

Limitation of Liability

The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing through its various technology resources. The district is not responsible, and will not be responsible, for any damages, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or services interruption. Use of any information obtained through the district’s technology resources is at the user’s own risk.

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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