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

Computer Science Education Week is December 4-10, 2017

November 2017


Hour of Code logoComputer Science Education Week is coming soon! It runs December 4-10 this year. Schools all over the world are participating in bringing Hour of Code to their students


The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that the most widely needed jobs in 10 years are in the healthcare industry and service industries; however, in the number 4 spot is Software Developer: over 1 million jobs will be available by 2026.


Software Developers only need a Bachelor’s degree, which will include a healthy dose of Computer Science courses along with coding ability.


Hour of Code is designed to benefit students in two ways: 1) to whet the appetites of students in hopes that they will gain a strong interest in Computer Science and 2) to introduce students to computational thinking.

 
 

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 2017


colorful computer code on a screen
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. CHPS is helping to spread awareness utilizing the DHS "Stop.Think.Connect Campaign" and the five designated themes of the month through communications shared with staff and students.
 
 

Technology Projects and Goals for 2017-2018

September 2017


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The Office continues to push forward with new initiatives and projects to increase student engagement and success.  Listed below are the major initiatives for the Office of Technology and Learning over the current school year.
 
  • Increased Internet and school-to-school bandwidth.  Currently we operated with 1Gbps connection for Internet and 1Gbps connections to each school.  In summer 2018, this will increase to 3Gbps for Internet and 30Gbps to each school.  This meets SETDA guidelines for connectivity.
  • E-Rate Category 2 Infrastructure upgrades in all locations to replace 1Gbps LANs with 40Gbps LANs.
  • 1:1 Chromebooks for Grades 11-12 in 2017-2018.
  • 1:1 Chromebooks for Grades 6-12 in 2018-2019.
  • Single Sign-on Product for easier student/teacher access to resources
  • Further expansion of WIFI in all locations and introduction of Public WIFI hotspots
  • Division-Wide Security Plan implementation and training
  • 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
The Office's primary goals continue to be the following:
  • Accessibility and Equity
  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Online Assessment
  • Mobile Learning
  • Cloud Computing
  • Closing the Homework Gap
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Strategic Planning and Investment
We look forward to ushering in more changes and abilities that provide real value to our teachers and students.
 

CHPS EdTech Week 2017

 
Our annual EdTech Week was held in August. Teachers and staff members were invited to participate in hands on learning sessions designed to inspire teachers as our district begins using 1:1 devices for teaching and learning. Our EdTech website provides valuable resources for integrating technology in our classrooms. 
 
 

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!