District 70 Evolving Technology
Technology continues to expand and change in District 70 to keep up with student needs. Growing from a handful of unconnected computers in each building to ChromeBooks or iPads available for every student on an enterprise class network with a gigabit Internet connection, the Technology Department strives to maintain the technological tools needed to ensure that District 70 students experience learning that prepares them to live and work in the 21st Century.

Descriptions and Timelines

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Student Learning

Applications of Learning

  • Working on Teams
    • Enhances collaboration and prepares students for future career paths.
  • Self-Direction
    • Offers anytime access which allows students to be productive, responsible and self-directed in their own learning.
  • Solving Problems
    • Provides learners with tools for productivity, creativity, and critical thinking with the ability to measure success.
  • Using Technology
    • Expands learning opportunities at home and school.
  • Making Connections
    • Extends curriculum across disciplines while building digital citizenship.
  • Communicating
    • Allows learners to communicate locally and globally.

Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum

  • Math Expressions (K-5)
    • Math Expressions features research-based, proven instruction with updates to improve the teacher and student experience. Math Expressions combines elements of standards-based instruction with the best traditional approaches.
  • Journeys Language Arts (2-5)
    • Journeys is a research-based English Language Arts program that has a focused, comprehensive instruction that helps to engage and meet the needs of all learners, ensuring that every reader is empowered, inspired and confident.
  • Collaborative Classroom Language Arts (K-1)
    • K-1 curriculum for teachers that support the academic as well as the social and emotional development of the students.
  • Health World (K-5)
    • Health World Education is e-Learning instruction that provides educators and schools with access to a comprehensive health curriculum. The e-Learning courses incorporate online tools, interactive materials, and printable activities to make learning fun and simple!
  • Math Big Ideas (6-8)
    • A complete math curriculum that provides options and flexibility.
  • Social Studies (6-8)
    • The 6-8 Social Studies started with traditional textbooks and transitioned to an online curriculum that is constantly being updated. Currently the curriculum is offered by McGrawHill.
  • Rosetta Stone (5th Grade)
    • Rosetta Stone is the software program used to support international language.
  • Keyboarding Skills - Typing Agent (2-5) and Master Key (6-8)
    • Students have been continously exposed to keyboarding skills over the years. Originall device based instruction (AlphaSmarts) it is now provide through interactive online resources.
  • STEAM (6-8)
    • STEAM curriculum focuses on five specific disciplines - science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. This program emphasizes real world application skills as students engage in questions, problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities. STEAM students discover the power of self directed learning in a student-centered learning environment.
  • Digital Citizenship (K-8)
    • Digital citizenship helps create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use. Topics include Internet Safety, Privacy & Security, Relationships & Communication, Cyberbullying & Digital Drama, Digital Footprints & Reputation, Self-Image & Identity, Information Literacy, and Creative Credit & Copyright.
  • STEMscopes (K-8)
    • K8 Science curriculum that includes inquiry activities that are guided and supported by online resources.
  • DreamBox (K-5)
    • Supporting K5 Math instruction with personalized, differentiated math activities. Used by teachers as an individual learning tool for students.

Instructional Strategies, Resources & Tools


The district provides teachers and students with a variety of strategies, resources and tools to support technology integration, curricular topics, and student learning. Strategies include active participation, differentiation, and student centered instruction. Resources and tools include but are not limited to the following: RazKids, Reading A-Z, Brainpop, Wixie, SeeSaw, and evolving sources for streaming video resources. Coding and computer science concepts have been introduced and are being expanded.
  • Technology Framework
    • Developed as a part of the 2011-2016 five year strategic plan with a goal to develop a technology framework of skills and lessons for K-8. The action plan was two-fold. First, to create grade level learning outcomes and second, to provide technology resources and on-going professional development. The rationale behind the Technology Framework was to provide a consistent technology experience for all students at all schools.
  • Technology Essential Skills
    • Technology essential skills provide a guideline of skills that teachers utilize when planning and implementing lessons that integrate technology. It is a continuation of support derived from the Technology Framework to provide equitable technology experiences for all students.
  • SAMR
    • SAMR (substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition) is a model designed to help educators infuse technology into teaching and learning. Popularized by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the model supports and enables teachers to design, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology.
  • Makerspaces
    • The maker movement is about teaching and learning that is focused on student centered inquiry. This is not the project done at the end of a unit of learning, but the actual vehicle and purpose of the learning. Each school also has a Makerspace. Makerspaces engage learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration.

Curriculum & Instruction History

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Applications of Learning
Math Expressions Text Books Math Expressions
Journeys Language Arts Text Books Journeys Language Arts
Collaborative Classroom
Health World
Math Big Ideas Text Books Big Ideas Math
Social Studies Text Books McGraw Hill
Rosetta Stone
Keyboarding Skills AlphaSmarts Master Key
STEAM
Digital Citizenship
STEMscopes
DreamBox

Assessment

State & Local Assessments

  • State Standards Achievement Tests (Grades 3-8)
    • Illinois adopted a state wide achievement test, ISAT, that measured student learning based on Illinois Standards. PARCC, Partnership of Academic Readiness for College and Career was adopted to measure whether students are on track for college and careers.
  • Local Assessments (K-8)
    • The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) test was a standardized test to inform how students performed on basic skills and to assist with instructional planning. Administered grades 2-8. STAR360 delivers valid, reliable screening, progress monitoring, and student growth data that is needed to make informed instructional decisions. Administered grades K-8.

Other Assessments

  • CogAT
    • The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a group-administered K–12 assessment intended to estimate students' learned reasoning and problem solving abilities through a battery of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal test items.
  • ISA Illinois Science Assessment
    • Grades 5 and 8 only. The science assessment measures how students are doing academically in the area of science, measures readiness for college and is aligned with the Illinois Science Standards.
  • Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)
    • Kindergarten teachers gather information via the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS). They report information about fourteen state readiness measures to ISBE in October for every kindergartner. The purpose of KIDS is to 1) help teachers understand what children can do, 2) identify children’s needs and 3) make learning goals clear between preschool and elementary school.
  • WIDA (ELL)
    • The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1–12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English language learners (ELLs)
  • Fountas and Pinnell
    • A system of reading levels developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell to support their guided reading method. A comprehensive, systematic design for high-impact literacy instruction.
  • Formative Assessments
    • Formative assessment, including diagnostic testing, is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures conducted by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student learning. In years past, formative assessments have primarily been paper driven. Within the past few years, teacher have utilized online formative assessment tools to help drive instruction. Online resources such as the these listed but not limited to have been used to help implement formative assessments: Kahoot, EdPuzzle, Google Forms, Active votes, Socrative, Mentimeter, and Padlet.

Assessment History

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State Assessments ISAT (Paper) PARCC (Online)
Local Assessments ITBS (Paper) STAR (Online)
COGAT Paper
ISA Online
KIDS Paper
WIDA Paper Online
Fountas & Pinnell Paper
Formative Assessmemts Paper Blended Paper, Devices, Online

Professional Development

  • Institute Days
    • Many teacher Institute days offer sessions on various technology topics for teachers to use in their classrooms.
  • Tech Corp
    • An innovative approach to Professional Development. Teachers applied for 16 positions in the Tech Corp and those who were selected participated in 8 full days of technology training from Apple Computer.
  • Camp IT
    • Summer workshops for teachers. Each CampIT session was a week long - 30 hours. Participants received incentives for participation. Teachers developed technology integration lesson plans while collaborating with teammates.
  • Teacher Academy
    • Teacher Academy courses are offered during the school year and represent opportunities to expand professional knowledge and skills. Courses are in sync with building or district-level goals and initiatives, for the purpose of providing appropriate professional development opportunities. Courses are stringent and compare with those offered for graduate credit by recognized colleges and universities. All courses must adhere to a “fifteen clock-hour” rule. That is, a course must provide for fifteen (15) hours of direct classroom instructional time for each unit of Professional Credit.
  • Online Tutorials
    • Tutorials created, developed or provided by the Tech department for teachers and staff members to promote self-directed learning. Tutorials help with troubleshooting or they provide "how-to instructions" for specific programs used in the district.
  • TLC Coaching Days
    • Each coach provides dedicated staff development time to provide resources to the staff to better integrate technology into the curriculum. Each coaching day is tailored to the needs of individual grade level teams. Coaching days have been incorporated through grade level articulations, and scheduled professional development days.
  • Mobile Device Training
    • Learning on the Go, initially offfered as Teacher Academy classes, promoted the concept and contructs of mobile learning. It has transitioned to the current model utilizing a variety of mobile technology devices in classrooms to support student learning.
  • Sporting PD
    • Sporting PD Around the Stadiums is an online professional development opportunity that is self-guided. Teachers use the program to learn new techniques, strategies and programs that support classroom learning. They can also earn professional development units.
  • i3 Conference
    • The D70 i3 Conference for Educators provides technology professional development opportunities with a focus on the Applications of Learning. Conference attendees learn from educational innovators and technology integrators how to incorporate techniques and strategies for teaching and learning. By integrating technology across the curriculum, attendees positively influence the learning experience of students in the surrounding areas.
  • Legacy Training
    • TLCs provide legacy technology training to all newly hired staff which supports district software and technology programs to assist teaching and learning.

Professional Development History

98 - 99 99 - 00 00 - 01 01 - 02 02 - 03 03 - 04 04 - 05 05 - 06 06 - 07 07 - 08 08 - 09 09 - 10 10 - 11 11 - 12 12 - 13 13 - 14 14 - 15 15 - 16 16 - 17 17 - 18 18 - 19
Institute Days
Tech Corps
CampIT
Teacher Academy
Online Tutorials
TLC Coaching Days
Mobile Device Training
Sporting PD
i3 Conference
Legacy Training

Technology Infrastructure, Devices, and Software

Infrastructure

  • Internet
    • The Internet connection links District 70 to the world.
  • WAN
    • The Wide Area Network (WAN) connects the Local Area Network (LAN) at each District 70 building to each other and allows for shared network resources between buildings.
  • Firewall
    • The Firewall protects District 70 from external network threats.
  • Web Filter
    • The web filter protects students from inappropriate content on the Internet.
  • Routers
    • Routers direct traffic around the network and to the Internet.
  • Switches
    • Switches provide connections between the wired parts of the network.
  • WiFi
    • The WiFi network provides wireless network access to mobile devices.
  • Servers
    • Servers provide file storage and network applications to users.

Devices

  • Desktop Computers
    • Primarily used for classroom presentations, the Computer Labs at Highland, and in Makerspaces, desktop iMacs provide additional capabilities beyond those of mobile devices.
  • Laptops
    • Initially housed on shared carts for student use. Most student laptops have been phased out in favor of Chromebooks, although a few remain in Makerspaces. All teachers have a district issued laptop to facilitate lesson planning and student assessment.
  • Chromebooks
    • Internet focused, these devices allow students to take notes, do research, create documents, take tests and more. Students use a Chromebook from a cart housed in their classroom. These are the primary devices for second through eighth grades.
  • 1:1 Chromebooks
    • Starting in the 2017-2018 school year and continuing in 2018 - 2019, incoming 6th graders are assigned a personal Chromebook that they use throughout the day and take home with them. Plans are in place to expand this program to each incoming class of sixth graders.
  • iPads & iPods
    • These tablets provide tech applications to kindergarten and first grades, Special Ed, World Language and are used for other specialty purposes as well.
  • Printers
    • Printing has evolved from each teacher having a USB connected inkjet printer, to having shared laser printers, and now 3d printers have been added to our tech labs and makerspaces.
  • Projectors & Interactive Boards
    • Our projectors allow our teachers to display content from their computers on a large, easy to read manner that the whole class can see. When paired with interactivity, either through a wall-mounted board, or through technology built into the projector itself, teachers and students can work directly with the application running on the computer, while standing up in front of the class.

Software

  • Student Information
    • PowerSchool is our Student Information System (SIS). It keeps track of student information, grades, and registration data. Prior to PowerSchool, District 70 used MacSchool.
  • Student Registration
    • PowerSchool Registration (formerly InfoSnap) allows parents to register their students online.
  • Financial Software
    • Skyward is financial software used to manage payroll, accounts payable, and budgeting. Previously, DCR was used.
  • Human Resource Software
    • Frontline Central now encompasses two applications that District 70 has been using - Applitrack to manage employment applications and Absence Management (formerly AESOP) to manage absences and substitutes.
  • Compliance Software
    • Safe Schools is used to provide employees with compliance training certification videos. Previously, GCN was used.
  • Special Services Software
    • PowerIEP and Power504 are used by the Special Services department to document formalized plans for students in need of accommodations and/or special education and related services. Previously, Netchemia was used for managing IEPs.

Historical Tech Deployments

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Internet (Bandwidth) 56k x 5 4.5mbs 30mbs 1gbs 5gbs
WAN (Bandwidth) 100mbs 1gbs
WiFi Individual Access Points Enterprise Wireless Network
Desktops 50 75 700 450 375
Student Laptops 40 50 100 150 350 550 650 550 400 300 30
Teacher Laptops 230
2-8 Chromebooks 300 1000 2200 2500 2225 1950
1:1 Chromebooks 300 600
iPads 30 75 275 375 650 700 950
iPods 300 400 525 300 245
Inkjet Printers 50 100 150 325 400 25 0
Laser Printers 1 5 50 125
3d Printers 1 3 4
Projectors & Interactive Boards 5 30 45 200 300

Software History

98 - 99 99 - 00 00 - 01 01 - 02 02 - 03 03 - 04 04 - 05 05 - 06 06 - 07 07 - 08 08 - 09 09 - 10 10 - 11 11 - 12 12 - 13 13 - 14 14 - 15 15 - 16 16 - 17 17 - 18 18 - 19
Student Information MacSchool PowerSchool
Student Registration Infosnap PowerSchool Registration
Financial Software DCR Skyward
Human Resource Software Applitrak Aesop Frontline Central
Compliance Software GCN SafeSchools
Special Services Software NetChemia PowerIEP & Power504

Projected Tech Deployments

19 - 20 20 - 21 21 - 22 22 - 23 23 - 24
Internet (Bandwith) 5gbs 6 to 10gbs
WAN (Bandwidth) 1gbs
WiFi Enterprise Wireless Network
Desktops 225
Student Laptops 30 0
Teacher Laptops 230
2-8 Chromebooks 1350 (2-5 only)
1:1 Chromebooks 1000
iPads 950
iPods 245 (Maintain until Obsolete)
Projectors & Interactive Boards 300

Personnel

Technology Personnel

  • Technology Director
    • The Director of Technology is charged with developing and implementing a strategic vision in all areas of technology for the district. The Director facilitates the integration of digital tools and best practices into curriculum and administrative systems. The Director oversees the district’s technology department while supporting, monitoring and evaluating technology team members to ensure that each of them creates an environment of shared knowledge and purpose among the technology team. Working with other school and district administrators the Director ensures that the technology program and services meet educational and communication needs of the students and staff in the district.
  • Technology Facilitator (Obsolete)
    • The duties of the Technology Facilitator were largely absorbed by the Technology Literacy Coaches in 2006.
  • Tech Literacy Coach
    • There are three TLCs, Technology Literacy Coaches. Two coaches service the four elementary schools. One coach services the middle school. The role of the TLC's is to provide leadership, coaching, assessment, and resources to students and staff to better integrate technology into the curriculum. In addition, one Technology Literacy Coach also serves the Special Education Department. Prior to the TLCs, there was a non-certified technology facilitator suporting the entire district with technology integration.
  • Technology Support
    • The Technology Support Associates are responsible for the deployment, distribution, and maintenance of District 70 technology. From servers and software to ChromeBooks and iPads, the Tech Support Associates keep it all running smoothly. Additionally, the District's Web Developer is responsible for building and maintaining the District's web platform, creating custom reports and utilities, integrating the District's systems with each other and external systems, and creating graphics and websites for District use.

Technology Personnel History

98 - 99 99 - 00 00 - 01 01 - 02 02 - 03 03 - 04 04 - 05 05 - 06 06 - 07 07 - 08 08 - 09 09 - 10 10 - 11 11 - 12 12 - 13 13 - 14 14 - 15 15 - 16 16 - 17 17 - 18 18 - 19
Tech Director 1
Technology Literacy Coach Tech Facilitator 1 2 3
Tech Support 1 2 3

Financial Outlay