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

Technology Projects and Goals for 2018-2019

April 2018


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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.
 
  • Chromebooks for each student Grades 6-12
  • Set of Chromebooks for all fifth grade classrooms
  • Replace the four nComputing desktop computers in all third and fourth grade classrooms with six Chromebooks.
  • Increase Internet speed to 3Gbps
  • Increase school-to-school data speeds to 30Gbps
  • Increase internal school data speeds to 20Gbps
  • Install and configure Classlink for a central launchpad of applications and authentication
  • Install and configure the Schoology learning management system
  • Further expansion and bolstering of WIFI in all locations and introduction of Public WIFI hotspots
  • 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.
 

2018 SVRTC Award Recipients

March 2018


The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium celebrated the 12th annual SVRTC Technology awards banquet on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Longwood University. Twenty-three Region I school divisions participated in celebrating outstanding educators.

Erin Ford received the Instructional Technology Support Award. Erin serves as the EdTech Coach for Colonial Heights Middle and High Schools. This award recognizes a professional who supports and assists their school division’s educational goals with integration of technology for teaching and learning.

Beth Moody is a fourth grade teacher at Tussing Elementary School. Beth received the Technology Teacher Award. This award recognizes a classroom teacher who advanced learning through integration of technology into the curriculum.
 
Erin Ford - SVRTC Award Winner Beth Moody - SVRTC Award Recipient
 

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


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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.