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Information and Instructional Technology
New Chief Technology Officer a 'Champion of Change'
Jennie Magiera, a national leader in education technology and an innovator in classroom instruction has been appointed Chief Technology Officer beginning July 1.
Magiera is currently the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, where she has spent nearly three years as an instructional leader, supporting 32 neighborhood Chicago schools to enhance and increase effective technology use.
She is a White House Champion of Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and co-founder of a teacher technology conference called PLAYDATE.
She recently was a keynote speaker at the CUE 2015 annual conference in Palm Springs, Calif., one of the largest and oldest educational technology conferences in the U.S.
"We are really excited to have her join District 62," said Dr. Jane Westerhold, Superintendent.
In her new role, she will assist District 62 teachers employ technology tools in the classroom to engage students and enhance learning. "I'm thrilled to be joining the D62 family," Magiera said. "I look forward to working with our schools and community to support, inspire and empower our students through technology. Together, we can innovate new opportunities for impactful teaching and learning."
Grant Powers Up Technology – On the last day of school, Rivers Foundation representatives Kate McMahon, Jill Wilcox, and Jackey Valadez made a very important visit to Cumberland Elementary School. Wilcox and Valadez presented a $39,300 check to Colleen White, Cumberland principal, to expand the number of digital devices available to students for classroom instruction and testing. Cumberland students presented thank you cards to the representatives. Cumberland's technology goals are:
To provide a personal technology device to each student while at school
To engage students in challenging academic skills that lead to future success
To support the rigor of Common Core State Standards by infusing technology into each school day
To enhance daily instruction for all children through the use of technology
To transform the school into a 21st Century learning environment
To prepare students for the digital age so that they are career and college ready
Rivers Foundation Makes Donation to School District 62 – The Rivers Foundation recently renewed its support of District 62 technology when it made a $50,000 contribution to expand digital devices for teaching and learning. Last year, every District 62 Library Media Center (LMC) expanded the number of Nexus 7 eReaders available to students as the result of a donation from the foundation. Rivers Foundation representatives Jennifer Taylor and Kate McMahon toured Central School with Dr. Jane L. Westerhold and Kelly Krueger. During their visit, they observed and talked to kindergarten through fifth grade students using eReaders. Kindergarten students were observed using digital devices to write the alphabet. Taylor and McMahon talked to fifth graders who were using the tablets to read digital books on myON Reader.
Technology in District 62 is used for two primary purposes:
Improve teaching and learning
Advance and support District 62 operations
Technology systems are used daily by students, teachers, support staff, and administrators in all district buildings. These systems are supported by a dedicated team of individuals at the district office who provide training, tech support services and repair services throughout the district.
K-5 Internet Café - North Elementary School
District 62 Information Technology staff provides consulting, acquisition, training, and support throughout all of our schools and offices.
District 62 Technology Overview
Approximately 2,200 Apple servers, desktop, and laptop computers running on MacOS.
A glossary of terms to better understand the needs for teaching, learning, and troubleshooting.
Technology Professional Development
Technology adoption from the perspective of teaching and supporting curriculum.
Request for Technical Help
Quickest way to access technical support staff during the school day.