Information and Instructional Technology
"Technology is a tool for learning and collaboration. It should be used to start conversations, find answers to questions, raise awareness, change minds, make a difference, take action, drive change, foster healthy and appropriate risk-taking, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills."
-Darien Public Schools Educational Technology Plan 2015-2018
Technology Updates for 2017-18:
Grades K-12 (Sign-offs in Aspen)
A new Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) agreement and 1:1 loan agreement needs to be completed. Students eligible to participate in the 1:1 program will not be issued a device without completed sign-offs. The district will also suspend digital access as of September 15, 2017.
1:1 Rollout for Grade 5 & 9 (Fall 2017)
Elementary: Grade 5 students will be issued Chromebooks in September after completion of digital citizenship lessons and a parent meeting in September.
Darien High School: Grade 9 students will be issued an iPad in November after completion of a digital citizenship lesson and parent meeting. On-going staff development in the use of the iPad as a powerful tool for instruction and learning will be held throughout the year and include on-site training by Apple certified teachers, Apple trainers from the Stamford Apple store, and noted presenters. A student iTeam also is being created to support students and teachers in this transition to a 1:1 environment at the high school.
K-8 Policy regarding bringing personal computers to school
For 2017-18, the district will discourage students from bringing their own personal Chromebook or other device to school. The district-owned Chromebooks have been provisioned with access to district resources and have been outfitted with filtering and other security to protect student data and privacy. Personal computers do not have the same filtering and protections. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Re-imagining Libraries Committee:
BOE member: D. Jill McCammon
CO Administration: Susie DaSilva, Assistant Superintendent; Marc Marin, Director of Instructional Technology; Mike Lynch, Director of Facilities (Ex-officio)
Building Administration: Luke Forshaw, Elementary Principal; Shelley Somers, Middle School Principal; Ellen Dunn, High School Principal /Adam Schoenbart, AP High School (ex- officio)
Library Media Specialist: Nicole Choiniere-Kroeker, LMS, elementary; J. Bennett, LMS, high school
Teachers: Dawn Taranto (Holmes), Jeanne Turshmann (Hindley), Amy Lareau (MMS); Richard Reynolds (DHS)
Parents: (CDSP, SEPAC): Kaitlin Kniffen; Shelley Sheridan; Alan Lui; Linda Straubel, Wendy Hopper
Student: Cole Hanson, DHS
Agenda & Materials:
January 10, 2018 - Re-imagining Libraries Meeting, Hindley Elementary School (2-3:30pm)
*Hindley Maker Fair - 1-2pm
Why Personalized Learning Should Start in the Library (eSchool News, New Canaan High School)
December 11, 2017 - Re-Imagining Libraries Meeting, DHS (2*-3:30pm) *DHS Library Tour: 1:45-2pm
Guest presenter: Fran Kompar
Agenda w/ Whitby Visit
The Modern Library: Library Learning Commons presentation (F. Kompar)
Moving From Vision to Reality (The Library Learning Commons) by Fran Kompar
Darien Public Schools Hour of Code 2017 (News of the Week)
Nov. 28, 2017 - Re- imagining Libraries Meeting, BOE Meeting Room (2-3:30pm)
Agenda & Presentation
Climbing to Excellence: Defining Characteristics of Successful Learning Commons
Site Visit Survey
Please complete this FORM for each visit
Nov. 28, 2017 2-3:30pm, BOE - Organizational Meeting
Dec. 1 - Dec. 7, 2017 : DPS Hour of Code week (Makerspace)
Dec. 6, 2017 10:30am, Site Visit @ Whitby School, Greenwich - Makerspace (Visit: 2 members attending)
Dec. 11, 2017 2-3:30pm, DHS Library - 1:45pm Tour of DHS Library; 2pm Meeting (Guest Speaker: Fran Kompar). Re-Imagining Libraries: Personalized Learning, Changing Roles, Current Trends
Jan. 10, 2018 - 1-3:30pm - Meeting & Site Visit @ Hindley Elementary School, Library (Maker Faire)
Jan. 17, 2018 - 1-2pm - Site Visit @ Cos Cob Elementary School, Greenwich
Feb. 2, 2018, Time TBD - Regional Conversations about Maker Faires @ CES, Trumbull
Feb. 8, 2018 - Meeting, Location TBD
Feb. 14, 2018, Google HQ in New York (Train to HQ at 10:30am, lunch included)
March 1, 2018 - Meeting, Location TBD
The Technology department is responsible for technology installations, maintenance, support, and management for the district. This includes network infrastructure, telephony systems & voicemail, computers and district devices.
Jeff Adams - Director of Information Technology
Jeff Adams has been the Director of the IT department since its inception in 1999. Jeff has helped the Town of Darien infrastructure grow to one of the largest and most respected infrastructures in Fairfield County. He received his degree in artificial intelligence from Yale, and his MBA in information systems management and finance from Fordham. Before arriving at Darien, he worked in the private sector as a project manager for Fortune 500 companies. Jeff currently resides in Trumbull with his wife and four children, where they are a licensed foster family. In his free time, Jeff coaches volleyball both at the club and collegiate Division I level.