Colonial Heights Public Schools

512 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834   |  Phone: 804-524-3400
City of Colonial Heights, Virginia

Office of Technology and Learning

Welcome to the home page for the Office of Technology and Learning. Our department provides leadership and support for both information technology and instructional technology throughout the school division. This involves supporting our use of technology for classroom instruction, business operations, and school administration.

Technology News and Info

2016 SVRTC Award Winners Announced

April 2016

The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) assists member school divisions with coordinating the acquisition and effective integration of viable up-to-date and emerging technologies, valuable training for K-12 students, staff and other citizens in our communities to enhance learning at all levels and encourage economic development in Southside Virginia. The consortium is currently comprised of 25 K-12 school divisions in southern and central Virginia.
Each year, the SVRTC provides awards to outstanding staff members in each school school division that show a deep understanding of technology in education and support the efforts of a division to educate students in technology. The Technology Teacher Award recognizes a classroom teacher who advances learning through integration of technology into classroom curriculum. The Technology Support Award recognizes a technical support person who advances a school division's technology environment by providing crucial technical support.  

This year's Colonial Heights Public Schools award recipients are Stephanie Bass and Mike Zaweski.  Stephanie Bass is a 3rd Grade teacher at North Elementary School and Mike Zaweski is a divisional Technology Support Professional.
Congratulations Stephanie and Mike!

Summer Planning for 2016-2017 Begins

March 2016

The Office is beginning to compile a list of projects and goals for the summer of 2016. With Board approval of necessary funding, the following projects are being considered:
First of five years of internal infrastructure upgrades to all schools, focused on core network devices
  • Addition of Chromebook mobile carts for High School and Middle School
  • Single Sign-on Product for easier student/teacher access to resources
  • Utilization of Edmodo and Moodle learning management system to augment Google Classroom
  • Further expansion of WIFI in all locations and introduction of Public WIFI hotspots
  • Continuation of Chromebook pilot for students in English 12
  • Division-Wide Security Plan implementation and training
  • Extensive re-focus of ITRT efforts and resources for classroom teachers to consistently integrate technology into classroom instruction
  • Extensive creation of content and documentation to better explain OTL services available to staff and students including training resources, integration examples, requests for help, and constant and consistent communication
  • Introduction of Microsoft Office 365 for staff/student use on all devices, including personal and home devices o Upgrades of Windows Server operating systems to newest available technologies
  • Upgrades of workstations to Windows 10 where compatible and feasible
  • Creation of and adherence to desktop, laptop, server, and infrastructure multi-year
    refresh cycles
We look forward to ushering in more changes and abilities that provide real value to our teachers and students. The next school year should be an exciting one!

New Certifications Awarded!

January 2016

During the fall 2015-2016 semester, Mrs. Julie Bowles, Student Data Administrator, received PowerSchool District Certification.  The certification assures that Julie is fully capable of administering our PowerSchool environment from configuration to customization.  The certification is awarded after an exhaustive and intense series of training sessions.  Julie is our expert in PowerSchool and has proven herself to be a dependable leader in the division.  Congrats, Julie!
In December 2015, Mr. Tim Tillman, Director of Technology and Learning, became a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL).  The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Mr. Tillman has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to K-12 school systems.  Mastery of the ten skill areas in CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO is required to earn certification.  Congrats, Tim!

December 2015 Updates

December 2015

The district has been been performing basic Security Awareness Training for teachers and staff in December.  We hope to expand our Security training offerings in second semester and begin a routine training schedule to keep our staff as prepared as possible.  
The District is preparing new web site resources for all employees, parents, and students.  The information will contain forms, resources, and guides for computing in our district as well as information for parents regarding Student Data Privacy.  Look for these changes during second semester of 2015-2016.
We have a new employee in Technology!  Mr. Piotr Kaminski has joined our team this month.  Piotr is a 2004 graduate of Colonial Heights High School and also a graduate of VCU in Computer Science.  Piotr brings years of personal experience and small business consulting to our school division and we are excited to have him on board.

GApps Site Live!

 Introducing a one stop site for all things Google.  CHPS GApps (Colonial Heights Public Schools Google Apps)  is for reference and to supplement the training provided to staff from our ITRT and Technology and Learning staff.  
There are many teacher resources and even lesson plan ideas listed in the navigation section titled "Files" on the left hand navigation bar.
This site and the Technology and Learning site will be updated over the summer.  
 Check it out!