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 (Summer 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 & 10 (Fall 2017)
Elementary: Grade 5 students will be issued Chromebooks after completion of digital citizenship lessons and a parent meeting in September.
Darien High School: Timelines for iPad distribution are under review and will take into consideration time to adequately train teachers and properly provision devices for student learning. More to come!
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.
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.