Domenic A. Grignano
501 Howellton Road
Orange, CT 06477

Personal Profile

As former technology facilitator and systems engineer of East Rock Magnet School, Mr. Grignano worked to promote, enable, and empower students, staff, and administrators at all levels in educational technology. His previous classroom teaching experiences in grades 1-8 for over 20 years complemented his technological innovations and visions. Through his efforts, Mr. Grignano and East Rock continuously gained national recognition with Compaq, Microsoft, Asante Technologies, and Xerox via the Internet, magazines, press releases, and corporate advertising for being a model program. The school has attained the status of being in the top 5% technology-rich schools in the country. Mr. Grignano created major partnerships and sponsorships with institutions and businesses including Yale University, Comcast, Learning Services, Visions Technologies, Bytes of Learning, Altiris, Broderbund, and Seagate software. Based on the school’s sophisticated network, Mr. Grignano, as a consultant, was hired to beta test educational software programs before their official release.

Mr. Grignano is considered a leading technology pioneer in education, as well as a professional consultant/lecturer for schools and major software companies. Included in his professional articles, he had a Technology Tips column for Harcourt’s national publication, Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, for the past 11 years.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Fairfield University teaching Educational Technology.


M.S., Education, Southern Connecticut State University, 1977
B.S., Education, Southern Connecticut State University, 1972

Professional Work Experiences

2007 - Present          Adjunct Professor

  • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
  • Teaching MD 300 - Introduction to Educational Technology

1997 – Present         Writer and Consultant

  • Previous writer for Classroom Connect’s Connected Newsletter (Harcourt) with a personal column entitled, Technology Tips; over 50,000 people view the column each month (1997-2008).
  • Writer periodically for Technology & Learning Magazine, plus various other publications.
  • Consultant for various schools with educational technology.
  • Presenter for major conventions, including Classroom Connect and technology groups/organizations.

1998 – Present         Webmaster

  • Created a site entitled, Technology Infusion, for educators to infuse technology into the curriculum (Summer 2008).
  • Creator and designer of various educational and business Web sites.
  • Past webmaster (9 years) for the award winning Web site for East Rock Magnet School – Awards included: Eduhound Spotlight School, The Golden Web Awards, and the CoolSchool Honor Roll.

1995 – 2006             Technology Facilitator/Systems Engineer

  • Awarded a Federal Department of Education grant (1 of 5 schools in the country) to test the impact of one-to-one learning with laptops in the classroom by integrating curriculum, planning, state and national standards and assessments infused with the latest hardware and software; the project involved the delivery of instruction to students in collaboration amongst students, teachers, parents, and the community. (2002 – 2006)
  • Worked with major software companies in developing educational software based on the school’s model technology programs. (1995 – 2006)
  • Created a formalized technology curriculum for grades K-8 for students and teachers. (1995 – 2006)
  • Participated in the evaluation of the 3 year Federal magnet school grant - received additional 3 year magnet funded to continue the process - first school in the nation to receive funding for 2 consecutive terms. (1998 – 2001)
  • Wrote and competed for a 3 year Federal magnet school grant with a focus on technology integration and global studies – Awarded September, 1995. (1995 – 1998)
  • Designed and completed a network infrastructure of hubs and switches with a grant from the Asante Corporation; 1st New Haven public school to have a network, full Internet access in all classrooms, satellite link, and a video productions studio (1995-1996)
  • Worked with Microsoft Corporation as the first school site in the country demonstrating Microsoft Office and the superiority of Internet Explorer III in education - it led to a national advertising campaign featuring the schools’ program. (1995 – 1996)
  • Created a partnership with Microsoft Corporation to implement to entire line of software into the school’s curriculum. (1995 – 2001)
  • Implemented a full-scale technology program for training teachers and students with 2 major grants from the Compaq Computer Corporation.  From the 1st grant, East Rock Magnet School received over $300,000 of donated computers - School became the model technology program for the eastern coast for Compaq.  Received a 2nd grant in 2002 for the one-to-one laptop program initiative which gave technical support and $20,000 in server equipment. (1995 - 2003)

1972 – 1995                Teaching

  • Classroom teacher at Clinton Avenue School, New Haven, CT (1972 – 1974)
  • Artistic Director of the Little Folks Theatre, Clinton Avenue School, New Haven, CT (1972 – 1974)
  • Classroom teacher at East Rock Magnet School, New Haven, CT (1974 – 1995)
  • Artistic Director of the Performing Arts Theatre, a federally funded dance, music and theatre program, at East Rock Community School (later known as East Rock Magnet School), New Haven, CT (1974 – 1979)


Major Associations

  • Harcourt – featured educational technology columnist.
  • Partnerships and collaborations for the national one-to-one laptop program at East Rock Magnet School – HP, Plato Learning, Enterasys Corporation, Xerox Corporation, Digital Curriculum, Altiris Software, Inspiration Software, Visions Technology, STOP Security and Bytes of Learning.
  • Partnerships and collaborations for the school-wide technology program – Microsoft, Compaq, Asante, Xerox Corporation, and Comcast.

Specialty Areas in Technology

  • K-12 Technology Integration for Teachers
  • K-12 Technology Integration for Students
  • Latest Trends in Technology for K-12
  • Free or Low Cost Forms of Technology
  • Motivational Teacher Workshops
  • Best Networking Concepts for Schools to Implement
  • Analyze, Design and setup Labs/Classrooms for Technology
  • Laptop Setup, Integration and Implementation
  • Using Video in the Classroom
  • Correlations with State and National Standards
  • Acceptable Use Policy Rules and Regulations
  • Desktop and Laptop Security
  • Cloning of Desktops and Laptops
  • Secrets of getting Equipment and Software Cheaper

Major Educational Acknowledgements in Technology


Morrison, G. S. (2006). East Rock Magnet School’s Technology Program (D. A. Grignano, Ed.). Early Childhood Education Today(pp. 378-379). Columbus, Ohio: Pearson/‌Merrill Prentice Hall.


Hill, C. (2005, March 30). Laptops Proved Worth in East Rock Classroom. New Haven Register, p. 34.


Poftak, A. (2004, October). Real World East Rock. Technology & Learning, 25(3), 38.


Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. (2004). East Rock Magnet School Leverages Wireless HP Laptops for Elevated Student Learning[Brochure]. “Author”.

Web Sites

Delisio, E. R. (2004, May). Learning with Laptops: An Urban School Shows Gains. In Lessons from Our Nation’s Schools. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌a_issues/‌schools/‌schools020.shtml

Aims Multimedia. (2003, October). Educators, Government Officials Salute Connecticut’s East Rock Magnet School Model Laptop Program.In DigitalCurricululum Video-on-Demand Service is Feature in School Technology Initiative Funded by U.S.Department of Education. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌downloadfiles/‌digital_curriculum_techiniative.htm

Sillaman, L. (2003, June 9).DeLauro Congratulates Successful Laptop Program at EastRock Magnet School. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌delauro/‌press/‌2003/‌laptop_eastrock_6-9-03.htm (2003, April 23). Cool School of the Week: April, 21, 2003. In Cool School Honor Roll. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌cool_school/‌2003/‌honor_roll_042103.shtm

Eduhound. (2003, April 10). School/‌District Sites Archives, August 2002 - June 2003. In Eduhound School/District Spotlight. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌schoolspotlightarchive8-02_6-03.cfm

New Haven Register, Mante, A., & York, T. (2003, January).School Laptop Program Awes Officials. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌downloadfiles/‌nhregister_laptop_article.htm

Grignano, D. A. (2002, October). Model Laptop Program (September 2002 - June 2004).  In East Rock Magnet School Model Laptop Program. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌mlaptop.htm

Education World, & Cromwell, S. (1998, August 17). In This School, Technology Nurtures Learning. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌a_curr/‌curr087.shtml

Microsoft in Education, & White, L. (1998, March). Update on East Rock: An Inner-City K-8 School Integrates Technology.In Educators on the Internet: A Guide for All Levels of Experience. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌articles/‌edu_int.html

Microsoft Corporation. (1996, November). Advertisement for Compaq and Microsoft. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌magazine.htm

Web Sites – Evaluations & Studies

CRF and Associates, Inc. (2004, January).The Impact of Plato Learning, Inc. - Technology. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from‌evaluation.htm: Federal Government .

Xerox Corporation. (2002, September). East Rock Magnet School: Color Printing for Classroom Use. In Xerox K-12 Case Study. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from


Newsletter Articles
I have written many additional articles. Listed below are those from 2008 – 2004 in chronological order:

Grignano, D.A. (2008, Summer). Technology Infusion: Best Websites. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(9), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2008, May). Awesome Software & Publications. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(8), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2008, April). Tumblr Replaces Traditional Blogging. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(7), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2008, March). BibMe - A Web 2.0 Bibliography Tool. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(6), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2008, February). Let's Go on a Picnik - Online Photo Editing Application. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(5), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2007, December). GradeConnect. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(4), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2007, November). Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(3), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2007, October). Vyew: Free Web Conferencing. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(2), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2007, September). Weebly: Create a Free Web Site. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 14(1), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2007, Summer). Free Software. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(9), 20.

Grignano, D.A. (2007, May). URLic: Create Shorter URLs. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(8), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2007, April). Web 2.0 Tools for Students and Educators. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(7), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2007, March). IE 7 Challenges Firefox 2.0. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(6), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2007, February). The Big Deal Books. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(5), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, December). Social Networking for Students. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(4), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, November). Digital Lifestyle: Online Photo Sharing. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(3),20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, October). Thumb Drives. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(2), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, September). ThinkFree Online: Access and Share Files from any Web Browser.Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 13(1), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, Summer). Electronic Field Trips: An Interactive Distance-Learning

             Experience.Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 12(9), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, May). Mr. Interactive Learning Games. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 12(8), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, April). Engrade: A Free Online Gradebook. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 12(7), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, March). Unitedstreaming and Discovery Health Connection. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 12(6), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2006, February). Introducing Professor Garfield: Interactivities Aligned to State Standards. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 12(5), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2005, December/‌January). Solving the Needs of Inquisitive Students. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 12(4), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2005, October). Creating a PowerPoint Photo Album: Sharing Images with a Custom Slide Show. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 12(2), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2005, September). SnagIt: Screen Captures Made Easy. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 12(1), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2005, June). Technology Updates: Inspiring Software Programs. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 11(9), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2005, May). Internet4Classrooms: A Virtual Library for Teachers. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 11(8), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2005, April). Buying a Desktop Computer: Making the Best Decision for Your Needs. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 11(7), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2005, March). Free Web Calendars: Sharing School Events & Schedules. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 11(6), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2005, February). Free Online Personal Drives: Easy Ways to Access and Send Files. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 11(5), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, November). Beyond Basic Email: Five Tips to Increase Your Productivity. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 11(3), 18.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, October). Create Your Own eBook: Expand Your Library and Give Students a Richer Experience. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 11(2), 20.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, September). Make Your Monitors Magical: Share Your Screen with Your Class. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter, 11(1), 6.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, Summer). Summer Housecleaning for Your Computer. Connected Newsletter, 10(9), 3.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, May). Careers and Resumes for Students. Connected Newsletter, 10(8), 3.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, April). Digital Camera Concepts and Ideas. Connected Newsletter, 10(7), 3.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, March). The Power of Group Email. Connected Newsletter, 10(6), 3.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, February). Creating a Successful Wireless Laptop Program. Connected Newsletter, 10(5), 4-7.

Grignano, D. A. (2004, December/‌January). Free Bibliography Creators. Connected Newsletter, 10(4), 3.

Magazine Articles

Grignano, D. A., Poftak, A., & Rockman, S. (2004, October). Getting Results with Laptops. Technology & Learning, 25(3), 34-40.

Grignano, D. A. (2001, June). Students Take Virtual Field Trips with Xcursion Central [Review of the online software Xcursion Central]. Inside Education Solutions for Sucess, 1(2), 44.

Grignano, D. A., & Gandi, V. (2000, May/‌June). Web-Based Curricula at Its Best. School Executive, 11.


  • ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education

  • CECA - Connecticut Educators Computer Association
  • CEMA - Connecticut Educational Media Association


References are available upon request.