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Departments: Technology

Department Overview

The Technology Department is responsible for the coordination and implementation of all academic, library/media and administrative technologies in the district. Technology integration is the cornerstone of the district's effort to ensure all students achieve technology literacy. Technology integration specialists provide instruction and support to both students and teachers. This effort is aligned with the district's K-12 technology benchmark standards.

Through the use of various technologies, teachers are able to facilitate individual support and remediation, as well as enhance learning for all students through the use of technology. With the implementation of new administrative technologies, administrators are able to access and analyze student data and efficiently produce grading, attendance and standardized test reports.

Below are examples of the technologies currently in use in the district.

Technology Help Desk - In an effort to provide a higher level of technical support to the district, a web-based help desk has been implemented, eliminating the need for users to fill out paper work orders or phone in their requests for technical assistance. Users are able to log into the help desk from any computer with an internet connection, including their homes. Once a request has been submitted, the help desk automatically generates an email notification to the appropriate technician. Users receive automated email confirmation of their submission, as well as, progress updates from the technicians. Users are able to log into the help desk at any time to communicate with the technician and are able to track the progress and resolution to all their requests.

Facilities Help Desk - In an effort to coordinate and prioritize facility upkeep throughout the district, a web-based help desk has been implemented, automating the maintenance request and tracking system. Users are able to log into the help desk from any computer with an internet connection, including their homes. Once a request has been submitted, the help desk automatically generates an email notification to the Maintenance Department. Users receive automated email confirmation of their request, as well as, progress updates. Users are able to log into the help desk at any time to communicate with the Maintenance Department and are able to track the progress and resolution to all their requests.

Library Automation Software - The implementation of the Follett system in Arlington Public Schools has allowed for a broader usage of library resources within the schools and across the district. The district utilizes the Follett program for library automation. Students are able to search the collection via library computers. They can search for a book by title, author or subject and easily locate the book in the physical collection. The circulation desk is equipped with a computer and barcode scanner that allows for speedy inventory, as well as allowing for easy check-in and check-out of books by both students and teachers.

Physical Education - The Physical Education Department has implemented Fitnessgram. Through the use of Fitnessgram and Palm Pilots, physical education teachers are able to determine a student's fitness level using criterion-referenced standards and communicate those results to both students and parents.

Professional Development - Technology Integration Specialists provide grade level professional development, as well as, instruction during district-wide professional development days.

Special Education Software - The district utilizes SEMS Tracker, a comprehensive web-based software program designed to streamline, manage and track special education information as required by state law. Special Education Staff are able to create and manage student specific special education records such as Individual Education Plans (IEPs), progress reports, assessment reports, meeting notifications, as well as, produce required state and federal documentation.

Student Information System - PowerSchool is a web-based student information system that provides teachers and administrators real-time access to course assignments, classroom rosters, seating plans, student attendance and grading.

Test Results Analysis - TestWiz is a computer program used to analyze MCAS and other test results and is provided to Massachusetts schools by the state Department of Education. The technology department is responsible for the collection, analysis and reporting of all student data to the Massachusetts Department of Education.

WebMail - A new web-based e-mail system has been implemented allowing for better management of mail services and improved account access for staff. The system allows access to email accounts from any computer with an internet connection including home computers. Web-based mail also allows for quicker creation of new accounts since account setup is no longer necessary on individual computers.

Website - In an effort to automate processes that can be time consuming to both parents and staff, the Arlington Public Schools' District Website is being utilized to facilitate these processes with online forms and databases.

Through secure internet connections, parents are able to:

  • register for email notices from schools
  • schedule parent-teacher conferences
  • enroll new students
  • register for school pto directory listings
  • apply for Arlington High School Scholarship Award
  • contact teachers and administration via on-line forms and email links
  • submit No Child Left Behind (NCLB) data collection required by the Department of Education.
  • access school related forms and policies for parents and guardians

Administrators and teachers are able to:

  • register for staff webmail accounts
  • register for network accounts
  • manage parent-teacher conference schedules
  • submit technical support requests
  • submit facility maintenance requests
  • register for professional development courses
  • reserve computer labs for student instruction
  • reserve assistive technology equipment
  • access school related forms, payroll forms and policies for staff

   

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