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2016-2019 Digital Learning Plan

The NJ Department of Education has approved the District's new 3-year Digital Learning Plan (previously the District Technology Plan).  Here is an excerpt of the vision statement along with a few highlights:


“Digital learning will allow us to transcend the boundaries of traditional teacher-led instruction through personalization and individualization of learning, student-led discovery, data-driven/dynamic instruction and “anytime/anywhere” access to curriculum and resources. 

  • A philosophical/pedagogical shift from “Integration of Technology into Instruction” to “Utilization of Technology for Instruction”
  • A deeper focus on “How” technology is used to facilitate learning (Curriculum and Instruction) rather than “What” technology is used  
  • “Anytime, Anywhere” access to learning – extending learning beyond the classroom and school day by providing access to digital tools and curricular resources from anywhere
  • Integrating digital learning into all instructional professional development opportunities (through SAMR and TPACK Frameworks)
  • Establishing school-based Digital Learning Teams with a strong curricular focus.
  • Building a culture of “Trust and Innovation” when using technology for instruction

Below is a Prezi created by the Department of Technology highlighting key aspects of the plan.  

Here is the plan in it's entirety:

Student Data Privacy

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Digital learning has transformed the teaching and learning process by giving both teachers and students easy access to information and resources previously unavailable.  However, this transformation has also raised new concerns regarding the privacy and protection of student data in an interconnected world.  

The Hackensack Public Schools District is committed to expanding access to digital resources for students while safeguarding their privacy and data.  To achieve this the District has worked to create procedures for the approval/use of online resources, set security standards for District technology and developed a Data Privacy and Security Policy/Handbook that outlines the types of data that can be collected and how data can be access, collected, stored and, if appropriate, shared. 

For data security and privacy reasons, teachers are only permitted to use Apps/websites included on the following list:


Student Data Privacy Matrix


Please note that this is a dynamic list that will be updated as apps are approved.  If you have an app that you currently use or would like to use, please submit it using the following form for consideration:


Web App Review Application


Please allow 1-2 weeks for review.  To view the list of submitted resources, click here.


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Newsela is now available for all teachers in the District that would like to use it in their class.  Content available ranges from grade 2-12.  In order to access your account/classes you must use the Clever portal link (not the Google authentication).  The link is also available under quicklinks on the left side of this page.  Your classes are automatically imported from Clever nightly.  


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The District discontinued its subscription with TypingPal due to platform issues.  We have transitioned to Typing.com, a free service, that integrates with Clever.  You will need to use the Clever portal link (also available on the left side of this page under Quick Links).  Your classes and students are automatically imported.  

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