|Technology Advisory Committee:
This newly formed committee of 59 members includes teachers from all levels, parents, directors, technology department members, principals, students, and others. The committee will meet quarterly to discuss and plan for current technology initiatives, success, and challenges. Plans are underway to create a Student Advisory Focus Committee for technology.
Electronic Report Card
The Electronic Elementary Report Card Program (EERC) was designed and developed specifically to standardize and centralize the elementary report card data for Henrico County Public Schools. This web-based program was designed to allow teachers to enter grades, comments, note areas needing strengthening and indicate student reading levels. School-based coordinators can easily determine when teachers have completed data entry and can print report cards which reflect the highly customized format developed with the assistance of a 100+ parent, teacher, and administrator committee. EERC allows the school system to capture information electronically directly from the classroom teacher and output it in a customized format while offering the flexibility for data to be compiled and analyzed.
The Elementary Refresh is targeted at maintaining modern computing resources for elementary education across the district. The initiative is a two year project affecting 42 schools to remove old hardware and replace over 12,000 computers. A standard classroom set of 5 computers and one laser printer for every general academic classroom are being provided. The elementary refresh extends into every exceptional education and headstart classroom as well by providing a mix of laptops, desktop computers and printers to these classrooms. Nearly every school is also receiving 2-3 new computer carts equipped with 25 computers per cart to provide a full 30-student classroom set when needed. All elementary staff including administrators, office staff, clinic attendants, exceptional education teachers, headstart teachers and trainers that work .5 FTE or greater are being migrated to new MacBook and iMac computers as well. Lastly 42 Macintosh XServes are being put in place for student applications, course materials and student work storage.
Curriculum & Academic Goals:
1. The Data Services Team works closely with schools on implementing a master timetable within the Student Information System that supports the instruction model and goals of each school. Block Teaching is an example of this partnership between Technology SIS and Instruction.
2. Internet-Based Technology Resources
- NetTrekker offers a search engine that allows students and teachers to search educational resources by SOL number, subject or key word search. The resources in NetTrekker are educationally sound and are reviewed by panels of educators.
- Apex offers Advanced Placement teachers instructional activities accompanied with online diagnostics and reports, customized study plans and engaging activities aligned to AP standards.
- Holt Online Learning created by Holt Rhinehart and Winston, a well-respected textbook company, is providing Henrico County Public Schools online content for science and social studies. Holt offers our students tools for diverse learning styles. Their online resources provide students and teachers with quick, convenient access to all the resources of printed textbook plus integrated activities for any computer, anytime.
- Prentice Hall resources have been adopted, by Henrico County Public Schools, which include access to rich online resources. Prentice Hall is in use in science, social studies and foreign language classrooms.
- Beyond Books offers Henrico students great content, links, interactivity, multimedia, study questions, worksheets, graphic organizers, activities and self-assessments that are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from home or school. Beyond Books offers a three dimensionality that encourages students to delve deeper into the content by providing them with links to more information.
- ExploreLearning is a leading K-12 interactive content creator, partnering with major publishers and educational companies to revolutionize the way teachers teach and students learn. ExploreLearning has partnerships with textbook companies such as Houghton Mifflin and McDougal Littell. ExploreLearning's Gizmos are outstanding multimedia simulations that bring life to math and science. The hands-on learning that Gizmos provides, combined with assessment tracking, results in student and teacher success. ExploreLearning offers Henrico a collection of learning modules that allow students to manipulate math and science environments.
- Larsons Pre-Algebra is a server-based mathematics program that Henrico teachers individualize to fit their curriculum and student proficiency level. Larsons' Pre-Algebra consists of 15 modules and each module contains approximately 10 topics. Each topic includes skill-building and problem-solving tutorials, practice and assessment. Students receive a pre-test; the teacher then uses the pretest to make adjustments to the student's program of study. Once a unit of study is started, students watch an interactive training multimedia file that teaches a particular math skill. The students are then presented with several sets of skill-building problems and real-life application exercises. Upon completion, students are presented with a standardized test that allows their teacher to accurately assess their understanding of the concepts presented.
- Quia provides teachers with the capability to create their own interactive games. Teachers create interactive flash cards, matching games, concentration (memory) activities, word search puzzles and challenge boards based on material they are presenting to their students. Quia also offers teachers the ability to create their own tests. Once the students take the test, Quia automatically analyzes the students' responses, which allows the teacher to provide the students with appropriate prescriptive feedback to ensure student mastery.
3. Speciality & Technical Center Program Support:
Technology provides a system that allows for tracking of student application and acceptance into high-demand specialty programs. The Specialty and Technical Center systems provide a high degree of visibility into interest and application to these programs so every effort can be made to ensure that students have the greatest opportunity to receive the education they desire.
Instructional Programs, Practices and Arrangements:
1. Technology provides technical support for SchoolSpace and iTunesU as vehicles for providing staff development.
2. Technology works closely with Instruction via LTIC (Leadership for Technology in Instruction Committee) to explore and provide technologies in support of 21st Century Skills. Some examples of 21st Century Tools include School Space, Quia, ExamView, wikipages, and blogs.
Staff Selection, Leadership, and Capacity Building:
1. Technology partners with Staff Development and Instruction in support of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). By creating an electronic vehicle to collect quarterly updates that enables the review of data across schools, the goal is that schools, specialists, departments and directors will have a comprehensive view of initiatives and school-based needs and is used on an on-going basis to improvement student achievement.
Monitoring: Compilation, Analysis, and Use of Data:
1. Technology supports ExamView and SchoolSpace for conducting benchmark testing. Additionally, HCPS programming has enhanced these resources to provide a secure testing environment.
Recognition: Intervention and Adjustment:
1. Web Reporting: The Student Information System Web Reporting System provides valuable reports for school and district staff that allows for student-driven decision making.