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The Official Blog of the Chelmsford Public Schools Technology and Information Services Department. Find department information, student work, professional development videos, and episodes of our local cable TV shows.

My Superintendent went to the Future Ready Summit at the White House….

B20CxvrIEAAAUCEjpg-largeand all I got was this sign. :)

Seriously, The technology department was proud to be recognized as a model school district at the White House. 100 school districts were chosen from across the nation, and we were one of them. All of this could not have happened without the leadership of Dr. Frank Tiano, our Superintendent. Dr. Frank Tiano is a true leader in the area of technology. Since he has been superintendent in 2010, we have had many accomplishments.

We won the Extreme Network Award which was a recognition of our ability to provide personalized instruction to students. Chelmsford was one of four districts chosen in North America. Additionally, we have participated in magazine articles including being a feature school district in Ed Tech Magazine. If you would like to read more about us, please visit our website at http://www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us/chelmstech

At the core of all instruction is our ability to provide access to quality digital content for all staff and students. #futureready

We are future ready here in Chelmsford! 

 

#FutureReady Dr. Frank Tiano, Chelmsford Superintendent

iPad Apps for Educational Purposes – from Hoffman Estates High School

Many families are asking for what apps do we recommend for different educational purposes.  The “Teacher’s Awesome App Guide” created and published by John O’Sullivan gives a good overview of many apps that can be used educationally – both free and paid apps.  It is available on iTunes as a book at: http://tinyurl.com/lua7t9g.

Read more at: http://hhs.d211.org/hawktawk/ipad-apps-for-educational-purposes/

 

Behind Dr. Frank Tiano’s White House Visit.

Behind the White House Visit – Superintendents Summit

Behind the White House Visit

future ready

Learn about the CPS Technology Behind the Superintendents Summit
ConnectEd Questions and Technology and Information Services Answers

Based on the ConnectEd Initiative from President Obama

How Does Your District Implement Digital Learning? What are some of your most promising practices and what could other districts learn from you?

Led by Superintendent Dr. Frank Tiano, the Chelmsford Public Schools provides a full range of technology instruction from preschool through grade twelve fostering a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship. According to Executive Director of Technology and Information; “technology supports our mission to cultivate inspired, creative, and well-rounded lifelong learners who possess the integrity and self-direction necessary to be contributing community members”.

ipads Preschool Technology – In the preschool program, Marie Tada, Technology Integration Specialist teaches classes of three and four year olds, providing students with technology instruction on state-of-the-art iPads with a selection of age-appropriate apps. Children in the preschool program enjoy a 30 minutes class each week in Technology.

Computer Programming is an important component from elementary through high school.  Instruction in the Logo computer programming language starts in elementary school. The four elementary computer teachers (Ms. Dillman, Ms. Buckley, Ms. Warren and Ms. Lamson) enhance computer programming with Bee Bots and Pro Bots are used in grades 3 and 4 for 3D hands-on programming and robotics opportunities. Scratch, an object-oriented program starts in elementary and continues in a more advanced use in the middle schools. Devi Venugopal and Marie Tada, McCarthy and Parker Technology Integration Specialists (respectively) continue instruction with Lego Mindstorms in the Middle Schools.

 

Chelmsford has registered to be a Code.org school system for the 15-16 school year, and will participate in online programming activities throughout the 14-15 school year. Technology Integration Specialist, Eileen Young and Dr. Marilyn Sweeney, Department Coordinator for Technology, Technology Engineering and Business attended professional development for Code.org in the fall of 2014.

Students also receive continual instruction in Internet safety and cyber bullying prevention, in grades K-6. We use the NetSmartz curriculum, as well as resources from NetSafe Kids.

Keyboarding has taken a front seat in the last two years due to the need for students to take a variety of online assessments.  Assuring our students have mastery of the keyboard allows them to concentrate on the assessment content, and not the input process.

Students at all levels receive instruction in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and email and instruction is embedded in lessons using the classroom curriculum.  Students learn to create and integrate charts, graphs, and images in reports and presentations.

Students in all levels learn effective Internet search practices for accessing information needed in their classroom projects along with ethical use of materials found on the Internet. Technology classes positively impact student achievement and are major contributors to student learning by encouraging inquiry-based learning and promoting the acquisition of information literacy skills.

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