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“Student access to technology is no longer a privilege: it is a prerequisite for full participation in high-quality education opportunities.”
Technology is not a silver bullet and cannot—by itself—produce the benefits we seek in learning, but without technology, schools have little chance of rising to 21st-century expectations. Syntheses of best available evidence consistently indicate the potential for positive effects when technology is a key ingredient in well-designed learning systems. We need to ensure equality of access to technology and also encourage uses of that technology that focus on specific connections to learning processes and address all the factors in complete learning systems.
SOURCE FOR ABOVE: U.S. Department of Educational Technology
https://tech.ed.gov/learning-technology-effectiveness/


Yeshivah of Flatbush Infrastructure & On-Going Upgrades

From September 2016 to August 2018 Yeshivah of Flatbush (YOF) has undergone major upgrades to the technology infrastructure in both the Elementary school and High School. In September 2017 a new, state-of-the-art Meraki WIFI system and network switches were installed and high capacity WIFI access points were deployed in classrooms, instructional areas, gyms and offices at both sites. This provides high speed WiFi access for students, teachers and staff to be utilized for teaching, learning and productivity.

In June 2018, all (8) network servers and UPS storage units were upgraded as well as upgrades to the current Microsoft Office operating systems. YoF utilized CLOUD based storage as well as utilizing Google for Education CLOUD platform for email and productivity tools. We have integrated Google Classroom and our teachers create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Instant. Paperless. Simply put, CLOUD computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and more—over the Internet (“the CLOUD”).

We utilize three levels of Internet filtering, to provide safe, monitored filtering for all students. This includes: Meraki Internet content filtering, Gaggle (Google applications & email filtering) and Go Guardian (Chromebook Management and filtering) to keep our students safe online.

In September 2018, we will be one-to-one with Dell Chromebooks in Grades 7-12, 12 portable charging carts with 30 Chromebooks on each to be shared for grades 1-6 and we have added iPad learning centers to each of our 7 Kindergarten classrooms. We also have a Dell (30 desktops) computer lab in the elementary school and a Graphic Design Mac lab (27 desktops) in our high school. We also utilize Lego Mindstorms Robotic kits and software in all schools.

We have integrated bot Hebrew and QUERTY keyboards on our devices to meet the l needs for instruction for both Torah Studies and General Studies subjects (English, Math, Social Studies, Science, STEM, Art, and Music) instruction in computer labs, classrooms and for our one-to-one Chromebooks.

Yeshivah of Flatbush has SMART interactive whiteboards in all classrooms in grades 1-12 and is upgrading classroom and office computers on an on-going basis each year. Our new high school addition, opening in September 2018, will have WIFI, 60+ new Dell Computers, plus SMART Interactive white boards or a LCD large monitor in classrooms and meeting spaces.

Technical Support

The Yeshivah of Flatbush provides both on-site technical support teams and an online Helpdesk ticket system for all repair and new installations for our schools and offices. Our technicians are certified and receive on-going technical professional development throughout the year to provide our users with quality support.

There are IT Offices located both in the elementary school and in our high school. Our online Helpdesk ticket system provides our users with 24 hour access to place requests and allows us to document and track response and solutions. Our Technicians also support all audio-visual needs for events in our schools as well as supporting our network, software tools, and systems (Example: Student Information System, HVAC system, security cameras, etc.)

We follow a Total Cost of Ownership Model for technology. Our model includes the life cycle of equipment from purchase to upgrades. We measure and assess our ROI (Return on Instruction) in classrooms. Our students and teacher need infrastructure, devices and software to maximize teaching learning and productivity.

Resources

Meraki Content Filtering
https://documentation.meraki.com/MXZ/Content_Filtering_and_Threat_Protection/Content_Filtering

Gaggle
Gaggle provides safe online learning solutions to K-12 educators so students can take advantage of technology for communication, collaboration and learning.
https://www.gaggle.net/

Go Guardian
Offers Chromebook management and web filtering in schools
https://www.goguardian.com/

Why Chromebooks?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSbZQNJwPuI

What is Google Apps for Education?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiWP_C7CX78

National Education Association
Technology in Schools
https://www.nea.org/assets/docs/PB19_Technology08.pdf

Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning
https://tech.ed.gov/infrastructure/

Learning Technology Effectiveness
https://tech.ed.gov/learning-technology-effectiveness/

Information Technology Staff

Dr. Christine Coleman
Director of Information & Instructional Technology
ccoleman@flatbush.org

Daniel Jean-Toussaint
Network Administrator
djeantoussait@flatbush.org

Shrage Kaufman
Coordinator of Technical Services N-8
skaugfman@flatbush.org

Jonathan Reiff
Coordinator of Technical Services 9-12
jreiff@flatbush.org

Joseph Assouline
Technical Support Specialist N-12
jassouline@flatbush.org

Benjamin Wexler
Technical Support Specialist N-12
bwexler@flatbush.org

Vacant Position
Data Systems Associate N-12
mkotlyar@flatbush.org

David Fruhman
Data Entry Clerk N-12
dfruhman@flatbush.org

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