Henry County Public Schools
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.
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
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
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.