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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

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.
 

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.
 

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

September

September 2018 Technology Update

 

The technology committee met at the September 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 automated account provisioning project to our updates. 

The automated account provisioning project will streamline our staff and student account creations.  We will use our SIS as the centralized system of record and our additional Active Directory and Google accounts will be auto created. This project will save the technology team time, especially during the summer months where we see an upwards of 650 account creations. 

September 2018 Technology Committee General Updates

October

Information coming soon

November

Information coming soon

December

Information coming soon

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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.

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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.
 

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 and Communications Secretary