Updated: November 2012
Welcome to the Technology Department
Lynn Public Schools is dedicated to providing optimal learning opportunities that improve student achievement while delivering standards-based instruction in a technology rich educational environment. The district is committed to the effective use of information technologies available in education to support and enrich the curriculum.
The U.S. Department of Education defines technology literacy as "computer skills and the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance." The members of our school community will use technology as a tool to prepare our students to acquire the 21st century skills including critical thinking, problem solving, collaborating, taking initiative, analyzing information and promoting curiosity and imagination.
Our Department Supports:
- More than 14,288 Students
- 1,600 Staff Members
- 30 Locations
- 900 Classrooms
- Over 4,500 Computers
- Mobile Devices - including iPads
- 70 Servers including File, Domain and Backup Servers
- 450+ SMARTBoards
- Student and Employee Information Systems
Our department includes: (1) Network Administrator, (1) PC Lan Manager, (4) Technicians, (1) Network Wiring Technician and (1) Clerk. We provide anti-virus protection for all computers, CIPA compliant web filtering, email archiving, backup data protection and internet connectivity at all sites.
The district will follow the guidelines recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Education to be met by the end of the school year 2014 - 2015. The goals are organized into the key areas defined in the Massachusetts STaR chart.
Our Department Information
||Technology | Networks | Help Desk
Daniel McManus | Network Administrator
Gina Markos | Clerk
Timothy Roach | Manager, PC Lan Technicians
Kevin Doherty | PC Lan Technician
Shaun McManus | PC Lan Technicians
Scott Parker | PC Lan Technician
Janice Cronin | PC Lan Technician
John Beaulieu | Network Wiring Technician
||Technology Planning Team
|| Catherine Latham
Jaye E. Warry
School Business Administrator
Technology Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide students and staff access to the technology needed to advance both teaching and learning. Providing current and effective access to the resources available as well as the skillful use of it will help prepare our students to enter the global community.
Technology Vision Statement
Lynn Public Schools will strive to insure our staff and students are using 21st Century skills to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, communicators, and responsible digital citizens in information and media literacy. The use of technology will help our community to excel as learners and develop as leaders.
To achieve this vision, the Lynn Public School System is committed to providing access to:
- Appropriate resources and support for technology to be used in all areas of the curriculum;
- Up-to-date equipment (hardware, software, network) to maximize learning and teaching opportunities; and
- A district website to keep parents, students and other members of the community informed.
Our 2010 | 2013 Technology Plan
Commitment to a Commitment to a Clear Vision and Implementation Strategies
Technology Goals and Initiatives
Teaching and Learning
Educator Preparation and Development
Infrastructure and Networking
The Lynn Public School district works to continually assess and evaluate existing and emerging technologies. All academic resources and programs, including technology resources are and will continue to be evaluated regularly by department heads, principles, program directors and the curriculum department. Any new technologies are first piloted by several teachers and department heads as a first step toward integration.
In order to provide students of the Lynn Public Schools with an education which is appropriate for 21st century learners, we must attain the following budgetary support:
- Hardware for staff and students (software and licensing must be included with hardware).
- Software for staff and students
- Network infrastructure
- Instructional Technology Specialists
- Technology Technicians
- Technology Administrative Personnel
- Professional Development
The district has a budget for its local technology plan with line items for technology in its operational budget. It included funding for staffing, district wide administrative hardware and software, technology professional development, support, and contracted services. The district sets aside funding annually for the co-payment and non-discounted elements of each E-rate application. A copy of this budget, which is updated regularly, is available from the Office of the School Business Administrator.
For all other staffing, hardware, software, professional development, support, and contracted services, the district leverages the use of federal, state, and private resources. Copies of these budgets are available from the Lynn Public Schools External Grants Office.
Network Infrastructure, Hardware and Upgrades
Lynn has implemented a Wide Area Network since 1998 utilizing Full Data T1's from Verizon. Many buildings that do not have access to the T1 lines are connected using wireless bridges. These connections no longer provide adequate bandwidth for some of our classroom initiatives including video streaming. We have added other burdens to the existing network, including VIOP, Security video, online Student Information Systems.
We are in the process of generating an RFP to install Fiber Optic cables and associated networking from our central data center to our secondary schools. This will provide almost unlimited bandwidth for the foreseeable future. We then plan to upgrade the connections to other buildings as funding sources allow. Internally, buildings are wired utilizing Cat-5e copper wire and Fiber Optic cables where necessary. Internet access for the district is provided by a T1 connection purchased through Primus.
Many school buildings have a broadband Internet connection provided by Comcast and/or Verizon. Wherever Internet service is available, the district configures a Widows Server, with ISA firewall and Web sense Internet filtering. The district is supporting around 35 servers, some for Internet access, some for E-Mail, some for DNS DHCP WINS and other infrastructure functions. The district provides an institutional X-Drive to all users for collaboration and informational purposes.
Special Internet access is provided for Personnel and Payroll to insure high availability. Special servers and support are provided for Database purposes, Security Systems, Cafeteria Systems, Transportation and other departments. The school district is attempting to take advantage of a special Technology Fund provided by Comcast in lieu of their Institutional I-Loop, which Comcast removed from their contractual requirements in the most recent contract renewal.
This Technology Fund was designated as a one-time payment to the city, to be used to replace the I-Loop functionality. The district plans to use this funding source to install the citywide fiber-optic network. E-Mail is provided to district staff through MS Exchange 2010. We currently do not provide E-Mail to students, and do not allow student access to external E-Mail systems. Network infrastructure and servers upgrades and maintenance will utilize E-Rate Funding whenever possible.
An ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of existing technologies will be through:
- Maintenance requests by classroom teachers;
- Maintenance requests and use of computer labs in individual schools;
- Use of student performance assessments to indicate to what degree technology integrated lessons are helping students achieve on standardized tests, such as MCAS; and
- Use of student performance assessments to indicate to what degree access to technology is helping students achieve on standardized tests such as MCAS.
An outside evaluator collects and collates reports, surveys, interviews and observation results as a part of the formal evaluation of our technology plan. Resultant changes to program are and will continue to be communicated to the Superintendent and staff and taken into consideration during the budget process. Program changes are reported to the local school board. The technology team will work to continue to align the plan with district goals, curriculum goals and seek to inform the community.
Technology Integration and Literacy
Teachers in Lynn Public Schools will work to integrate technology into their instruction. Grades are submitted online for all middle and high school, as well as in many of the elementary schools. All classroom teachers are responsible for online attendance records submitted daily. All teachers have access to a computer in their classroom, as well as to the district website where they can access MassOne, as well as other links to educational websites that include lesson plans and ideas for teachers. Each school in the district has its own website. The district offers a web course to one teacher from each school who then maintains the school website. Many classroom teachers post homework, upcoming assignments, and other information to a class page that both students and families can access.
Teachers in the district are participating in videoconferencing over the internet, webinars, and long distance learning and collaboration to improve the student learning. Interactive white boards have been installed in all schools in the district. Teachers have access to online lessons through the boards to enrich curriculum. District trained trainers are working to ensure all teachers are able to access and properly use this technology.
The district is working to encourage teachers to include technology as part of their professional development plans. Teachers are also encouraged to take more professional development around technology integration. Through the online portal, MyPDC, all teachers are able to access all district course offerings.
Technology Professional Development
The district has partnered with Ed Tech Leaders Online(ETLO), Gordon College, Northeast Consortium, North Shore University, Salem State University, , and the Massachusetts Department of Education to provide course offerings in technology. In order to ensure the use and implementation of new technology purchases, the district offers in-service day trainings for teachers and other courses to meet the instructional needs of both teachers and students. Teacher requests for training and the results from the Massachusetts Department of Education’s TSAT survey also drives the courses and trainings offered. All professional development is electronically recorded by the district.
Teachers in our district have been trained in and are involved with multiple different technologies. A group of elementary teachers piloted the use of Apple IPODs. The students download scientific podcasts about the topics studied in class. They are responsible for viewing clips downloaded by the classroom teacher over a set amount of time. Several of the schools in the district participated in BrainFuse, an online tutoring program. Students are able to receive specialized instruction as needed. Additionally, the district has sent several teachers and administrators for training in the data assessment tools in order to guide instruction.
Accessibility of Technology
The Lynn Public Schools maintains an updated website and encourages each school to keep an updated school website. Staff is educated about district policies and legal issues related to technology, online communications, and other district policies through the Acceptable Internet Use Policy. Students and parents can also access the Usage Policy through the district website. Schools are expanding the use of technology as a primary mode of communication amongst faculty.
The district works with the public libraries, Girls, Inc and Boys and Girls Club to provide additional internet access to students after school hours. Many schools provide access to their computer labs extended hours, including Connery and Ford Elementary Schools.
Technology Support Staff
The current support staff for the Lynn Public Schools is:
| Network Manager
|| 1 FTE
| Network Assistant Manager
|| 1 FTE
| Technical And Network Support Specialists
|| 3 FTE
| Custom Project Manager
|| 1 FTE
| Database Manager
|| 1 FTE
| Instructional Technology Specialists
|| 2.9 Elementary
| Library Media Specialists
|| 11.6 Elementary
| Technology Education Teachers
|| 6 MS
| Educational Television Studio Teachers
|| 1 MS
The district will strive to meet the Massachusetts DOE benchmark that calls for 1 FTE instructional technology teacher per 60-120 instructional staff, and one designated district-level technology coordinator/director.
Virtual Learning and Communications
The district will continue to update its website with information for staff, teachers, parents, students and other community members. Individual schools will be encouraged to keep their websites up to date as well.
The district will continue to encourage the development and use of innovative strategies for delivering specialized courses through the use of technology. Partnerships with local colleges and universities to provide online AP courses will continue to be developed. Access to web based and/or interactive video learning on the local, state, regional, national and international level will be maintained and use of it will also be encouraged.
Safety, Security, and Data Retention
The district has a CIPA-compliant Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) regarding internet and network use. The policy is updated as needed to help ensure the safe and ethical use by both staff and students. A copy is available to all students in the student handbook, as well as on the website.
The district educates its students and staff about acceptable behavior when online. Prior to use of the network, all users are required to read and sign the AUP and therefore are informed that any information distributed over the district or school network are a public record.
The district maintains spyware detection software (McAfee) and firewall hardware to protect the confidential data of both students and staff. The filtering program Websense works to provide student safety while on the internet.
The district complies with federal and state law for archiving electronic communications produced by both staff and students.
Lynn Public Schools Acceptable Internet Usage Policy
||Internet Usage Policy Committee
||Dr. Jaye E. Warry, Ed. D.
Shannon Stevens, Teacher
Lynn Schools Technology Department
Lynn Schools Technology Department
Lynn Elementary Schools
||Policy Approved By The Following School Committee Members
||Judith Flanagan Kennedy
Patricia M. Capano
Maria O. Carrasco
Donna M. Coppola
John E. Ford, Jr.
Vincent J. Spirito
Richard B. Starbard
|School Committee Chairwoman, Mayor
Secretary of the School Committee
School Committee Member
School Committee Member
School Committee Member
School Committee Member
School Committee Member
School Committee Member
||Date Approved: March 18, 2010
This New Policy Superceded Any Previous Internet Policy Used By The Lynn Public Schools
The Lynn Public School district is pleased to offer its students and staff access to information technology resources, including access to the Internet. Access to the Internet enables students to explore millions of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards from around the world. This educational tool allows students to collaborate and communicate with others to significantly expand their knowledge base. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental in the preparation of our citizens.
There is high educational value in the Internet; however with this access to people and computers all over the world, information and material may become available that may not be considered of value in the classroom setting. The Lynn Public School district uses an Internet filtering, blocking, and monitoring solutions to restrict access. School staff supervises students during their time “online.”
However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may encounter inappropriate information while on the Internet. The valuable information and interaction available on the worldwide network far outweigh the possibility of students attaining material inconsistent with the educational goals of the Lynn Public Schools.
Strict guidelines and proper conduct of end users will keep the networking running properly. Guidelines are provided to make users aware of the responsibilities they are about to acquire. Violations of this school policy will result in the loss of account and future access may be denied. Disciplinary action at the school level will result.
For all users, Internet access through Lynn Public Schools is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege. Based on the acceptable use guidelines outlined in this document, the system administrator may revoke, deny or suspend privileges.
Terms and Conditions
- Respect and protect the privacy of others.
- Users will not use another individual’s account.
- Users will not share passwords with other individuals.
- Users will not attempt to log on as administrators.
- Users will not distribute information about others or themselves.
- Network users will not respond to unsolicited online contact.
- Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.
- Users will not infringe copyrights (no making illegal copies of music, games or movies).
- Users will not plagiarize.
- Respect and protect the integrity, availability and security of all electronic resources.
- Users will not install any software on any school computer.
- Users will not download files from the internet.
- Users will not distribute mass e-mail, spam or chain letters.
- Users will not subscribe to list servers or news groups.
- Users will not make any changes to the computer settings or change nor delete any files or directories stored on school computers.
- Users will not bring laptops or any other type of computer or wireless device from home and attempt to connect to the Lynn Public Schools network.
- Users will report security risks or violations to teacher or network administrator.
- Respect and practice the principles of the educational community.
- Use of the Internet is for educational purposes only. “Web surfing,” social networking (facebook, myspace), watching non-educational videos and listening to music are forbidden.
- Instant messenger services such as AOL messenger, MSN messenger, etc are forbidden.
- Users will be polite – do not write or send abusive messages to others. Use appropriate language at all times. Bullying of others is not allowed.
- Users will not post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
- Users may not use the network for commercial profit purposes, private business, product advertisement, or for political lobbying.
- Users will be filtered/blocked from the following categories of URLs: adult, chat rooms, web-based e-mail, gambling, personal web space hosts, dating, offensive, etc. However if a student encounters such a site, they should close the program and inform a teacher.
- Users will not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that is illegal (including obscenity, stolen material, or illegal copies of copyrighted works.)
- Users will not use the school network to further acts that are criminal or violate the school’s code of conduct.
- E-mail and computer use of the school network are not private. Any data transmitted over the network is property of the Lynn Public Schools and may be monitored by administrators.
Consequences For Violation
Violations of these rules may result in disciplinary action as outlined in the Lynn Public Schools’ disciplinary code, including the loss of privileges to use the school’s information technology resources. Administrators reserve the rights to examine, use and share any data found on the school’s network.
Teacher and staff conduct, as outlined in the Massachusetts General Laws, applies to computer and internet use in Lynn Public Schools.
Lynn Public School district reserves the right to change and amend this policy at any time.
As an independent user of the Lynn Public Schools network, I agree to follow the terms and conditions as indicated above. I will be an ethical, efficient and responsible user. My signature indicates that I have read and understand the rules as stated above.
Student Signature: _______________________ Date:___________________
**Parents, please discuss these rules with your student to ensure he or she understand them. These rules provide a good framework for your student’s use of computers not only at school, but at home, libraries, etc.
Federal E-Rate Funding from Schools and Libraries Divisions
An assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software and other services that will be needed to maintain and improve education.
This section is an assessment of the E-Rate eligible telecommunication services, software, and other services that are requested yearly by the Lynn Public Schools. The following is for Schools and Libraries funding year 10, FY08, a year in which the Lynn Public Schools qualifies for a shared discount of 85% (eighty – five percent reimbursements). The user ID field to be used on the corresponding funding request identifies each of the following sub-sections.
The Lynn Public Schools has approximately 230 Centrex like /POTS lines and (3) T1/PRI trunks in its schools and central offices. We are also in the process of adding "Voice over IP" Technology for Intercom use in schools and between schools and offices. This VIP Technology will, in time, drastically reduce the need for Centrex like/POTS lines. This is essential for communication between schools, district offices and parents.
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER
Access to the Internet is a key infrastructure component to many of the Lynn Public Schools instructional technology programs. The Lynn Public Schools utilizes an Internet link through a T1 connection directly to the Internet and then uses numerous T1 lines to create a wide area network to provide for high network reliability for all schools and offices. The Lynn Public Schools monitors Internet access bandwidth utilization on a continuous basis. These measurements ware used to define Internet access link capacity requirements and are the basis for an E-Rate funding request.
Internet service is requested for all schools and district offices.
Long distance telephone service is necessary to provide effective communication between the schools and various stakeholders and information and support providers. The Lynn Public Schools carefully monitors its long distance service utilization by providing access codes to its users. Funding will be requested based on the results of this monitoring. Long distance telephone service is requested for all schools and district offices.
The Lynn Public Schools has phone lines and networking wiring at all its schools. In many cases Lynn Public School's staff, 3 Technicians are used to ensure effective communication and network access for students. Also, funding is requested of the SLD to maintain the infrastructure that supports these functions.
SERVERS- INTERNAL CONNECTIONS
As schools receive technology upgrades, which include extensive network wiring, LAN equipment and a number of workstations they require network servers for such E-Rate eligible purposes as providing DHCP, DNS services. A funding request is submitted for upgrading servers at schools that have problematic servers and servers that are out of warranty.
The Lynn Public Schools maintains a complete inventory of server equipment used in its network and for what purposes they are used.
As schools undergo network upgrades and purchase additional workstations, switches are needed to be able to add these workstations to the network.
To keep pace with the additional workstations being purchased and facilitate network and internet access, wireless LANs are being added to schools where data wiring isn't available.
The Lynn Public Schools has approximately 220 wireless phones that enhance communication between schools, district office and parents. A continuous assessment is made of usage.
Wireless phone service is requested for all schools and district offices.
POLICY AND ASSESSMENT
The Schools and Libraries Division E-Rate Program has strict guidelines, assessments and auditing procedures. The Lynn Public School District strictly follows these policies and complies with yearly requests for assurances of compliance.
The Lynn Public Schools has utilized and plans to continue to utilize, to the best of its abilities, the reimbursements provided by the Schools and Libraries Division E-Rate Program. This program has greatly increased our ability to provide effective technology to help meet the instructional needs of Lynn students. SLD Year 10 Funding was detailed and each year Lynn Public Schools will have internal issues addressed based on many factors, i.e. long term plan, budgetary and needs.
Instructional Software and Hardware Purchases
Effective technology plans begin with a focus on learning goals and they must be approved by the Lynn Public School’s Central Office to insure learning and technology are “compatible” with the district’s existing hardware/software and the district’s plan.
Lynn Public School’s basic rule of technology acquisition is that hardware (equipment) purchases should be driven by the software (instructional materials and applications) that best suit our school district’s instructional needs. Reliability, compatibility and ease of use are important considerations in acquiring both hardware and software. Focusing on “cutting edge” or “state-of-the-art” items can be a waste of resources, unless they address a specific need.
All purchases are made through the City of Lynn’s Purchasing Office and comply with all State and Federal regulations. One challenge in outlining hardware and supporting equipment needs is determining the right degree of specificity. We must account for important constraints, such as cost or compatibility.
In addition, we must be vigilant in our planning, to include collaboration with the appropriate departments to ensure a degree of consistency and compatibility with our hardware, software and network capabilities. To that end, the following guidelines have been established:
- All technology purchase considerations must be approved centrally through the Network Administrator. These technology purchases will be evaluated using the “Recommended Criteria for Evaluating Instructional Materials” that has been provided by the Massachusetts Department of Education. (April 2003)
- The Network Administrator will be responsible for consulting with appropriate departments to determine:
- Alignment with the Lynn Public Schools District Improvement Plan
- The Network Administrator and will then approve or make recommendations to the requests.
- The Network Administrator will maintain an inventory and the location of:
- Computer Hardware / Peripherals
- Software / Licenses
- E-Rate Specific Equipment
UPDATE POSTED May 8, 2011
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