Instructional Technology

  • Welcome to Instructional Technology

    The Instructional Technology and Innovation team is committed to providing powerful, innovative learning opportunities for ALL students. We are focused on:

    • Personalized learning 
    • Engagement and exploration
    • Access to information and experiences beyond the classroom walls
    • Collaboration
    • Future readiness
    • Data privacy and security

    Additionally, our team oversees the district libraries. Visit The Library to learn more.  

    Digital Tools

    In addition to any online curricular resources, teachers may use the following digital resources to dynamically engage students in learning:

    • Google Classroom and Seesaw to assign and manage classroom activities and communications;
    • GoGuardian helps teachers manage student engagement while on their device;
    • G Suite for communication, collaboration, creation, and organization;
    • Snap&Read supports reading fluency, comprehension, and translation;
    • NewELA for access to news articles;
    • Parlay to foster rich discussions;
    • BrainPOP provides content-rich videos and activities;
    • WeVideo to deliver video messages and instruction (teachers) and creatively demonstrate learning (students);
    • Google Meet may be used for live virtual meetings and discussions;
    • Pear Deck to create interactive digital experiences;
    • Sora provides digital books through the Palatine Public Library and the Illinois Digital Library;
    • Gale in Context is used for middle school research;
    • PebbleGo is used for elementary school research;
    • Pixton is a comicstrip creator.


    District 15 is fully 1:1 with Chromebooks in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

    • Third through eighth grade students are assigned a Chromebook for use at school and home.
    • Kindergarten through second grade students have access to a touchscreen Chromebook housed in the classroom.
    • All students receive an email address to facilitate communication within the district.
    • All students use Clever to access digital resources.
    • Kindergarten through second-grade students receive a Clever badge for signing into their Chromebook.

    Network Use Agreement

    Electronic networks, including the Internet, are a part of the District’s instructional program to help promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. Students and parents must read and sign the Network Use Agreement and Network Use Guidelines Letter of Agreement before students are granted use of the Internet. A copy of the agreement is available in all school offices.

    Students who have a signed Network Use Guidelines Letter of Agreement form on file will, under the supervision of a staff member, be allowed to use the Internet to access appropriate learning resources. District 15 provides supervision and uses a commercial Internet filtering program to prevent access to materials that may be defamatory, inaccurate, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate in the school setting. It is impossible, however, to control all material, and a user may inadvertently discover inappropriate material. Ultimately, parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for setting and conveying standards for their children. Student use of inappropriate material or language or violation of copyright laws may result in a student’s loss of Internet privileges. Parents are legally responsible for their child’s actions.

Contact Us

  • Director of Instructional Technology
    Julie Powell
    Phone: 847-963-3124

    Assistant Director, Information & Media Literacy
    Colleen Seick
    Phone: 847-963-3138

    Instructional Technology Coordinator
    Beth Rihtar
    Phone: 847-963-3137