Technology Initiative Update
HPCA is excited to announce the next step in our 2020 Vision’s Technology Initiative: a newly created Technology Integration Specialist position. Mrs. Donna Henry, who has been teaching our kindergarten through eighth grade Technology Lab, will be stepping into this role effective August, 2017. Mrs. Henry’s primary new responsibility will be to advance our vision of a student-centric learning environment, in which the use of technology is routine, transparent, and supports curricular goals. She will provide support to faculty, staff, and families as we continue to leverage new, educational technology resources.
With this in mind, the sixth through twelfth grade students and teachers are currently mastering our new learning management system, Canvas. Canvas gives students and parents online access to assignments and feedback from teachers. Canvas also enables teachers to deliver multimedia content and is an excellent platform for the use of 21st century learning tools.
In August of 2018, Mrs. Henry will implement our 1:1 program in the high school. Each student will be issued a Chromebook, which will provide an opportunity for seamless integration of technology in the classroom. Students will be able to expand their digital literacy within a Biblical context under the guidance of HPCA teachers. Having student devices in the classroom setting will also enhance our students’ college preparedness, as many college courses are increasingly completed online. More details about the privileges and responsibilities for students and families participating in this new 1:1 program, as well as the cost of these devices through a usage fee, will be communicated as they become available.
We are eagerly anticipating the many opportunities this next phase of the Technology Initiative will provide our students. In our pursuit of providing Christ-centered, quality education and academic excellence, we will continue to plan for the integration of technology across all divisions.