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Programs & Services

Programs & Services


Educational Technology is responsible for the development of programs that promote the effective use of classroom technology to enhance the effectiveness of the District's curricula and promote engaged learning to increase student achievement.

Our initiatives include:
  • Classroom Modernization — district wide initiative designed to modernize and upgrade the technology and technological capabilities of 2600 classrooms and teachers throughout the district. Improving the technology in classrooms and the technological capabilities of teachers enhances and encourages the integration and use of technology in the daily instructional programs that impact the education and achievement of students in the district. The goal is to equip each classroom with an interactive whiteboard or interactive pad, laptop computer, printer, projector and stand.
  • Computer Support Specialist — program builds upon the Digital Service Fellows initiative which offers recent School District of Philadelphia high school graduates the opportunity to serve for one year as Information Technology Apprentices with District master technicians. Computer Support Specialists are primarily recruited from the pool of qualified Digital Service Fellows alumni and graduates of District technology programs.
  • Digital Services Fellows — program is designed to meet the growing demand for full-time technology staff to support the needs of teachers and students. This twelve month fellowship program offers high school graduates the opportunity to serve their community while acquiring meaningful technical skills. The program is designed to meet the growing demand for full-time technology staff to support the needs of teachers and students.
  • Technology Integration Specialists — provide assistance with the integration of technology in schools, offer consulting advice on purchasing Hardware/Software and technology planning and on purchasing Hardware/Software and technology planning. They provide field based support for technology initiatives and facilitate  technology training programs.
  • Effective Utilization of Technology Resources in the Classroom — technology rich activities and resources are available in the IMS resource bank. Linking activities, resources and strategies directly to the Core Curriculum, Professional learning opportunities and on-site support help teachers adopt these new strategies in their own work environment and are available through the planning and scheduling timelines.
  • eLearning
  • Parents/Community Technology Initiatives —  The School District of Philadelphia has partnered with parent and community organizations to deliver a series of projects for parents with children in the School District of Philadelphia.  The goal of these projects, taken together, is to improve the educational achievement of students in Philadelphia through the home use of technology by students and parents. They provide a comprehensive and sustainable approach to using technology to better connect families with each other and their schools in the hopes of improving educational achievement in the City of Philadelphia. To learn more about these programs contact Jay Cohen at 215-768-9957 or jay@weisscohen.org.
    • FamilyNet Login Online Resources for Parents — This is a website allowing families with children in the School District of Philadelphia to access their child’s progress data, report card grades, attendance, test scores and instructional resources. Go to www.philasd.org and click on "FamilyNet" in the Parents section. Register to get a username and password.   For more information and flyers email familynet@philasd.org.
    • FamilyNet Trainings - In partnership with the District, Digital Service Fellows from Communities In Schools, Philadelphia provide the opportunity for schools to request on-site trainings.  Go to www.philasd-parentuniversity.org and click on "Other Trainings" for more information.
    • Computer Classes - In partnership with the District, Digital Service Fellows from Communities In Schools, Philadelphia provide computer classes at 440 North Broad Street in topics that range from basic computers, to using email, to creating a website and email list for your school.  For more information go to www.philasd-parentuniversity.org and click on "Register for Classes".
    • Individual One-to-One Computer Training —  In partnership with Temple's Information, Technology & Society Research Group, Temple students will hold individualized one-on-one trainings for parents.  Computer classes range in topic from basic computers, to getting an email account, to setting up your own website and email list. Go to www.philasd-parentuniversity.org and click on "Other Trainings" for more information.
  • Philadelphia Technology Resource Network listserv. (PTRN) — a community of educators focused on instructional technology.
  • Regional technology technicial support and repair — comprehensive webpage providing information on computer and printer support, the Computer Support Specialist and Digital Service Fellow Programs, Office of Educational Technology Department Staff, Exception Request Forms, SDP Antivirus Program and Software Licenses.
  • Technology Teacher Leaders (TTLs) – page provides TTLs support with a collection of links most often needed or accessed during the course of a day's work in a School Distrist of Philadelphia computer lab or within a school or building.