At 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about our student information system, SchoolBrains, please contact Data Administrator Phyllis Maynard at email@example.com.
Educational Technology Hardware Overview
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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.
Below are resources from Common Sense Media, the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.
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.