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The philosophy of the Evesham Township School District is to integrate technology in all aspects of the school curriculum. We believe technology should be utilized as a tool to facilitate students' development of skills and strategies necessary for risk-taking, problem-solving, critical thinking and managing resources. As digital learners, our students will engage in authentic activities that facilitate exploration, interaction, and global communication in an effort to prepare them for success beyond the classroom. Enabled with digital and civic citizenship skills, students are equipped to be responsible members of today's diverse global society. To that end, the district develops and implements a long-range technology plan in three year cycles.

Click here to view the complete district long-range technology plan for 2019-2022.

The main goals of the 2019-2022 Plan are:

1. Cultivate an environment that maximizes opportunities for students to engage, enhance and extend learning through communication, collaboration, creation, critical thinking, and application of the design process.

2. Maintain and extend current technology resources and infrastructure necessary for students and educators to safely engage with digital resources.

3. Continue to develop the skills and knowledge of teachers, staff, and administrators necessary to effectively integrate educational technology and support students’ achievement of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Summer Technology Update 2020District Long Range Technology Plan The Technology Department, in conjunction with the Curriculum Department, was involved in a number of activities this past summer to further develop 21st century digital learning environments for our students and prepare for the reopening of our schools. Projects have been ongoing since school was let out in June and will continue through the end of September. 

Technology Projects

Several technology projects took place this summer, including:

  • Development and assigned monitoring of summer literacy and math Padlets for students;
  • Hardwiring of classrooms for steady internet connection, where needed;
  • Installed thermal cameras at main entrance ways of each school for temperature scanning;
  • Chromebook and camera placement in all homeroom classrooms to enhance Google Meets;
  • Configuration and assignment of all Chromebooks at the middle school level by homeroom for September distribution;
  • Chromebook inventory and distribution of classroom-based devices in grades 3-5;
  • Push out of Chrome Apps and Extensions related to productivity and content areas, where needed;
  • Installed Google backup solution for entire district;
  • Updates to district and school websites, updates to web pages for easy access to information, documents and forms;
  • Replacement and/or updates to professional staff laptop devices, as needed;
  • Moved an ActivPanel based on room reassignments;
  • Upgraded to new firewall and removed old firewall;
  • Upgrades to infrastructure such as switch replacements and wireless access points , where needed;
  • Updated visitor management system to include “fast pass’ option;
  • Conversion and interfacing of all data into Genesis (SIS), Frontline (evaluations), Solana (cafeteria system), and Easy Bridge (math) for 2020-2021 school year;
  • Updating of attendance data, course code submissions, and evaluation data into Genesis as per state requirements for NJHomeroom/NJSMART reporting;
  • Importing of all students across the district into appropriate platforms, such as Realize, iReady, Teacher Dashboard, HRW, Creative Curriculum Gold;
  • Installation of applications to support PLTW implementation via Chromebooks;
  • Increased opportunities for technology integration in curriculum areas currently under revision;
  • Enhancement of tech platforms to facilitate students engagement and differentiation in hybrid/remote learning model based on staff survey data (e.g. Screencastify, PearDeck, Pioneer Valley);
  • Ordering and installation of various assistive tech devices and/or applications based on student IEPs;
  • Development and approval of CARES Grant application in June, focus on extending Chromebook initiative at the primary grades (2nd grade); *awaiting delivery
  • Development and approval of Digital Divide Grant in August, continue focus on extending 1:1 access to Chromebooks (1st grade, part of K); *late fall delivery
  • Continuation of flat panel initiative, replacement of ABs with ActivPanels (fall).

Professional Development
Professional development projects have also been implemented to support district-wide technology initiatives:

  • Technology Coaches participated in articulation meetings to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, professional development focused on technology integration and remote learning strategies.
  • Various professional staff members participated in Technology Institute at the end of August.
  • New Teacher Orientation/Math Institute incorporated various technology components for the Danielson Framework, as well as online platforms for the math curriculum.
  • Updated website training for district-level staff (building techs, dept. secretaries & tech supervisors) and building-level staff (secretaries & tech coaches).
  • Technology sessions for September in-service at the elementary and middle schools, live and recorded session with screencasts for professional and paraprofessional staff.
  • School-based team training on thermal cameras and monitoring.
  • ActivPanel training will be provided for staff members receiving a new board for 2020-2021, once installed.

As always, the summer was a very busy time for both departments; our staff is excited to see increased technology integration and remote learning opportunities in the classroom during the 2020-2021 school year.

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