Educational Technology

If students are to succeed as 21st Century learners, they must be technologically literate...

technology-chromebook-photoAt Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, we believe technology is an essential tool that can enhance our rigorous curriculum and support the delivery of engaging and effective instruction. In order to provide a technologically infused educational environment, every classroom must be equipped with diverse technologies to support teaching and learning. Our teachers must be knowledgeable and skilled in the use of these technologies in daily instruction. Technology must be in support of our current proven curriculum and district vision and goals. Using technology must be how students learn, not what they learn.

Below you will find an overview of our current district technology profile and we encourage you to review our recently adopted GDRSD Strategic Technology Plan – FY17-21. If you have questions on the materials presented, please email Director of Educational Technology Luke Callahan at If you have questions about our student information system, SchoolBrains, please contact Data Administrator Phyllis Maynard at

Educational Technology Hardware Overview

Student Digital Portfolio System -

Using a our digital portfolio system, viewed at , each student has the ability to create, reflect and be active in their learning. A major goal of our digital portfolio system is to attract an authentic audience, empowering students to connect with classmates, schools, teachers and with the global community.

Read more on our About Digital Portfolios page.

Read&Write for Google - Students & Staff

Read&Write for Google is designed to work in conjunction with our G Suite accounts, Google Chromebooks and is also available at home from the Chrome browser! Read&Write for Google was designed to support students engage with digital content in a way that suits their abilities and learning styles.

For more information, please visit our Read&Write for Google page.

G Suite Portal & Student Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, iPads

K-12 students receive a school-issued, web-based G Suite account (formerly known as Google Apps for Education). This account provides access to document creation, collaboration and file storage online as well as internal e-mail access with our faculty, which facilitates communication and collaborative learning. Our entire faculty is issued a G Suite account, which further benefits and cultivates collaborative learning. Please visit our G Suite page for further information.

At every school, students have access Google Chromebook carts, which allow access to G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps for Education), research, digital portfolios and our broader curriculum. During the summer of 2015, we began to modernize our libraries, installing Google Chromeboxes at the Florence Roche, Swallow Union and Middle School library locations. In addition to 1,500 Google Chromebooks and various Chrome OS devices, there are a few Apple iPad carts as well.

For Parents - Helping your Child Remain Safe in Our Digital World

If students are to succeed as 21st Century learners, they must be technologically literate and have regular access to up to date technology, both at school and at-home, that supports their learning. This home-school connection is an important one. We ask you to review our district policies surrounding the use of technology, available on the School Committee Policies page, under Access to Digital Resources (IJND), Empowered use Policy (IJNDB) and Digital Media Publication (IJNDC).

Below are resources from Common Sense Media, the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.

General Technology Overview & Highlights

District and school-based websites have been updated to showcase talents of our students and faculty to the community and provide up-to-date information to our staff, parents and students on upcoming events and news.

With 280+ wireless access points, we provide high-speed wireless, allowing access to mobile computing and research inside classrooms in addition to our traditional computer labs for students and staff. Through the E-rate program, the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School will further modernize and upgrade the wireless and wired infrastructure beginning in FY 2018. The remaining schools and central office will receive similar infrastructure upgrades during FY 2019.

Classroom teachers and many support staff, have been equipped either an Apple MacBook Air or Lenovo PC laptop.

Nearly all of our classrooms, along with many of shared spaces across the district, have digital projectors and in some instances, access to an interactive digital whiteboard. This past summer (2017), the department completed phase two of our modernization of the elementary classroom by providing Epson interactive whiteboards in all remaining Pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms.

Although there has been a reduction in printing and copying because of the availability of software and hardware in the district, there are still reasons to have printed materials. With over a 25 copiers and a recent printing service contract covering over 55 printers across the district, our staff and students have access to a wide range of devices for their printing needs. Many copiers allow high-resolution scanning as well.

A unified brand and style guide has been created to support communications within the district and externally to the community. Specific color pallets, high resolution vector artwork logos, and email signatures create a professional look and feel for the district. Please visit our District Branding page for further information.

Related Documents

Contact Technology

Luke Callahan
Director of Educational Technology
Twitter: @CallahanLuke

Gary Babin
Network Administrator

Joe Bisbee
Systems Administrator
Twitter: @GDJBisbee

Phyllis Maynard
Data Administrator
Twitter: @PMaynard2014

Shelley Petricca
Network Technician
Twitter: @ShelleyPetricca