iPad Initiative

Henry County Public Schools

iPad Initiative

Technology is ubiquitous; technology is everywhere in Henry County Public Schools. Not long ago when we spoke of technology in the school context, we were generally speaking about a computer lab visited by classes throughout the week for special projects.  This is no longer the case.  Today, technology is an integral part of the instructional fabric of our schools.  From the use of Interactive SMART Boards, class response systems, computers, student information systems, Instant Alert, iPods, laptops, the Internet, email, sound-field amplification systems, flip cameras, cell phones, text messaging,  iPod - creation stations, digital input technologies, and the list truly goes on and on.

Henry County Public Schools embraces the use of cutting-edge technology as a catalyst for teaching and learning.  We are pleased to be counted among the technology trend-setting school divisions across the state of Virginia and arguably the nation.




Beyond Textbooks  

On September 29, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Patricia I. Wright, visited Rich Acres Elementary School and announced that Henry County Public Schools was one of four school divisions in the state selected to pilot the Beyond Textbooks program.  This will be piloted in two Henry County fourth grade classes.


Henry County Public Schools - A National Leader in Technology

Henry County Public Schools is a proven leader at the state and national levels in technology.  The division has received numerous accolades for being innovative and visionary.  HCPS was selected to pilot the Beyond Textbooks program because we have the infrastructure in place and students and staff who are accustomed to using cutting-edge technology daily. 


Media Coverage - HCPS on the National Radar for Innovation

CBS, WDBJ 7 - September 29, 2010 - iPads. Textbooks of the future?

ABC, WSET 13 - September 29, 2010 - Traditional Textbooks in Henry County Classroom

The Wall Street Journal, Digital Network - September 29, 2010 - Inkling (TM) Partners with VA Dept. of Education to Move "Beyond Textbooks" 

eSchool News - September 29, 2010 - Pearson and Commonwealth of Virginia Launch First-ever iPad Social Studies Curriculum 

Virginia Department of Education - September 28, 2010 - Students in Four Divisions Trade Textbooks for iPads



Students' Perspectives

You can do a lot of neat things.  If you need to see a word closer you can zoom in.  It’s fun to use, but we are still learning.  Also, I like that it can’t accidentally close while I am reading. – Ty Salda, fourth grade student

I think iPads are cool because we can go on the Internet to search for things about Virginia’s regions.  I like being able to slide the pages with my fingers and zooming in. – Krissy Wooten, fourth grade student

I like the iPad because it is easier to read than the textbook.  The iPad is lightweight and you can take it almost anywhere. – Jason Patterson, fourth grade student

It will help me because I'm more visual.  I can click on it and actually see what I'm learning about.  It will be a more fun way to learn rather than just reading from a textbook.  If you're doing vocabulary and you don't know what the word means, you don't have to flip back and forth to find the meaning.  You can just click on the word for the definition. – Hannah Piccolo, ninth grade student 

The iPads will help us actually see more things than we can see with textbooks.  They will help us not carry around such a heavy book bag. – Jeanette Amaya, ninth grade student 


Teachers' Perspectives

It is our responsibility as educators to prepare our students for what lies ahead.  The iPads put the children in touch with technology and resources that a textbook cannot provide in preparing them for their futures.  I think this is an awesome opportunity to prepare them for the future and reignite their passion for learning about the past. – Rebecca Allen, Rich Acres Elementary School fourth grade teacher.