Director of Technology
Phone: (847) 455-4413 x1298
Fax: (847) 451-2703
Director of Technology
Our Technology Staff
Mr. Robert Junna, Director of Technology
Ms. Amanda Nach, Technology Learning Coach- Mannheim Middle School
Ms. Katy Rudis, Technology Learning Coach- Roy School
Ms. Caitlin Kotarski, Technology Learning Coach- Scott School
Ms. Jacqueline Kotula, Technology Learning Coach- Westdale School
Ms. Rachel Souders Wesseling, Technology Learning Specialist Enger & MECC
Mr. Jay Duff, Network Specialist
Mr. Jacob Lewis, Network Technician
Ms. Marlene Hernandez, Student Data Specialist
Mrs. Sandy Klemm, Help Desk Technician
Mr. Daniel Hernandez, Help Desk Technician
Ms. Ruby Cano, Technology Secretary
The vision of Mannheim School District 83 is: "All children can and will learn." In connection with the district's vision, District 83's technology focus will work towards providing students with unlimited opportunities to attain high standards and prepare for tomorrow's workforce. This will be accomplished by:
Instructional technologies will support our curriculum providing students access to a wide variety of integration resources for analyzing, problem-solving, communicating, and fostering creativity while addressing diverse learning styles.
Telecommunication tools will support partnerships between Mannheim District 83 and others while encouraging students to become global, life-long learners.
Administrative technologies will improve the effectiveness of administrative tasks and also assist in students' ongoing assessment and data analysis.
Today's technologies may not adequately meet the needs of tomorrow's learners, therefore District 83 will continue to evaluate and upgrade within its means, current, emerging technology tools, and the district's infrastructure to support the needed learning environment.
1:1 Technology Program
21st Century Learning Skills at District 83
The 21st Century skills are the abilities that today’s students need to be successful in their future careers. These skills include Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. These skills are often referred to as the 4 C’s of learning. Mannheim School District 83 implements a 1:1 program where each student is issued a device to enhance their learning. Students in grades K-2 and Enger School are issued an iPad. Elementary students in grades 3-5 and Mannheim Middle School students are issued a Chromebook. By the use of these devices, students are able to extend their learning at home by building background knowledge, having access to literature/text, self-directed learning, writing, adaptive technology skill-building, and home-school connection. Devices are refreshed every few years. When possible, students are re-issued to the same device at the start of each school year. Upon the distribution of devices, students and parents learn and review device use and expectations, and parents sign an agreement that affirms their understanding and that they will follow expectations.
Students will bring their devices to and from school Monday through Friday. If a device has a protective case, the case must remain on the device at all times. When transporting the device to school and from school, it must be kept in the protective messenger bag. Students are expected to fully charge their device daily at home in a central location, such as a kitchen, family room, or living room. When the device, charger, and messenger bag are brought back to school, it is expected that the device is fully charged so the student is able to learn without the disruption of having an unusable device. Students will keep their devices with them each weekend, extended weekends, holidays, winter break, and spring break.
Care for Devices
It is important for passwords and accounts to be kept private. Students should not share their accounts or passwords with other students. Devices should be protected from extreme heat, extreme cold, liquids, pets, & small children. Devices should not be left alone in an unattended vehicle or area. Devices should not be left on the floor, as they may become damaged that way. If a device becomes damaged, the technology department needs to be notified immediately. Technology support contact information for damaged devices may be found on the www.d83.org website.
The district has content filters in place for all devices issued to students whether they are at home or at school. This filter enables safeguarding against harmful websites while providing access to a powerful educational experience. Parents are expected to supervise their children when they are using a district device. It is recommended that students use the device when they are in a central location, rather than an unsupervised area, such as their bedroom. All users of district accounts and devices should adhere to the Mannheim School District 83 Acceptable Use Policy. Users must adhere to SOPPA (The Student Online Personal Protection Act), a law that protects the sharing of privacy of personally identifiable information (PII) for students. Users must not share student PII with any service provider including websites and educational platforms unless those resources have been approved for use at District 83. The complete list of approved websites and educational platforms is available on the www.d83.org website. Parents are expected to create a free account with Bark, the district’s approved monitoring program, to monitor their child’s school-issued accounts and receive notifications. Parents should accept the email invitation from Bark to activate their free accounts. https://www.bark.us/schools/parent-portal-alerts. Parents are expected to respond to alerts from Bark by directly addressing any issues that arise while using school-issued accounts.
Device Insurance/Loss or Damage/Accident Fee
Parents will be provided information annually regarding insurance options for their child’s device. Insurance plans are not required, but they are an option for families to protect their child’s device if accidental damage occurs. The insurance plans are through a district-approved 3rd party vendor, and the district may receive special pricing to offer their service. The cost for insurance changes annually, so parents should refer to the district website at www.d83.org to access current pricing.
If damage occurs due to negligence, misuse, or abuse, as determined by the administration. Mannheim School District 83 reserves the right to charge the full cost for repair or replacement when loss or damage occurs, due to negligence, misuse, or abuse, as determined by the administration. Examples of negligence, misuse, or abuse include, but are not limited to:
Leaving equipment unattended and unlocked, including damage or loss resulting from the unattended and unlocked device while at school, lending equipment to others, using equipment in an unsafe environment or manner, loss/damage beyond reasonable wear & tear, and not keeping records or documentation of borrowed equipment to determine the person responsible for loss or damage.
Accident Fee without Insurance: If a family has decided to not purchase insurance and a device becomes damaged, and administration has determined that the damage was accidental and NOT the result of negligence, misuse, or abuse, the family will pay the following fee. The first accidental incident is a fee of up to $50. The first accidental incident is a fee of up to $100. The third and subsequent accidental incident is a fee of up to $150. Parents will not be issued a fee for the following types of incidents: Stolen device (As long as a police report is submitted to the District 83 Technology Department within 24 hours), Mechanical failure, Electrical surge, Natural disaster, or Fire (As long as a fire report is submitted to the District 83 Technology Department).
In order to use district-issued devices, families are expected to obtain Internet service with the ability to connect Wi-Fi-enabled devices at home. Various programs are available to assist families in need of support. You may find various programs on the www.d83.org website to support your needs at home.
The Mannheim School District 83 Technology Department understands that technical difficulties occur from time to time. The www.d83.org website has a troubleshooting tips page where families may go to find support for common problems. Families who need additional support, or who need to report damage or loss to equipment may complete a support ticket using the Incident IQ ticketing system. The Technology Department will use these requests to arrange for loaners or plan for a speedy solution to the problem.
D83 K-8 Student Expectations for 1:1 Device Use
D83 students have an amazing opportunity to use 1:1 laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks in the classroom. This is a great responsibility and privilege. Below you will find guidelines for using these great technology tools. Students unable to follow these guidelines will face disciplinary action, which may include losing access to the technology.
Read and follow the District 83 Acceptable Use Policy
Only use your assigned laptop/iPad/Chromebooks
Close laptop/iPad/Chromebook before carrying it. Hold the device with two
hands and walk slowly and carefully
Place laptop/iPad/Chromebook directly on the desk without hanging over the
Make sure hands are clean and dry at all times when using
Ask for permission before printing
Return the laptop/iPad/Chromebook to the correct slot on the cart
Notify your teacher immediately if you discover a problem (accidental or
Don’t write on the case
Keep laptop/iPad/Chromebook & case clean and free of markings or stickers
that are not approved by the district
Read and understand the D83 K-8 1:1 Student Consequence sheet
Put the device on the floor (even when in its case)
Leave devices unattended
Place objects (pencils, pens, calculators) on the keyboard or screen
Put objects (pencils, pens, objects) inside any of the ports
Put materials (pencils, pens, paper, other items) inside the cases
Use devices near liquids or food
Change settings on the device
Download anything without permission
Take devices into unauthorized areas (pool, bathroom, etc.)
Students will bring the charged devices to/from school each day
Students will store devices on assigned carts when the device is not needed
Students will return borrowed devices to the correct cart
D83 K-8 1:1 Student Consequence Sequence
Off-task laptop/iPad/Chromebook behavior examples:
Not following instructions or lessons
Working on other homework/assignments
Checking grades during directed class time
Playing games at inappropriate times or places
Failing to meet the posted expectations
Prohibited action examples:
Playing non-approved video games
Viewing YouTube or other videos (unless assigned by your teacher)
Improper use of email/chatting (no personal email)
Downloading (games, apps, programs, extensions)
Use of laptop’s/iPad’s/Chromebook’s camera during class
Using earbuds without permission or during instruction
Inappropriate searches against district policy
Deleting search/download history
Using incognito mode
First Offense: Warning
Second Offense: Detention with parent signature
Third Offense: Call home, detention, and lose computer for rest of day
Fourth Offense: Call home, lose computer 2 days, must stay after school or come
before school to finish work
Fifth Offense: Referral to office, call home from Admin, and lose device privileges
for a week
Sixth Offense: Parent conference with admin & teacher/s, and discussion of
• A severe first offense may result in an immediate parent conference and consequence.