As the availability of instructional technology increased in the early 1990’s, HCPS recognized the need to establish the role that technology would play in the instructional process and provide direction for its implementation. Work began in 1993 to create a division-wide plan as a committee consisting of administrators, teachers, parents, students, and school board members met to establish the vision, goals, and objectives of our technology program. Over the years, the plan has grown to meet the changing needs of the school division as technology and the cultural composition of the student population have changed. The focus has shifted over the years from first providing the equipment to integrating the use of technology into the instructional process. The plan has provided the blueprints for building an effective technology program. Currently a strong network infrastructure is in place with computers and supporting hardware in the classrooms. Teachers and students have access to collaborative learning environments and rich digital content.  Mobile devices are increasingly being used.  Today we increasingly look to technology to support educational process both for instruction, administration, and communication.  

The current plan focuses on technology integration with the goal of improving student learning and supporting 21st century learning. Web 2.0 resources offer exciting opportunities for collaboration beyond the physical boundaries of the school. Students can now be producers of information rather than just consumers. With these new opportunities come new challenges as the division seeks ways to facilitate increased learning opportunities while maintaining security and safety. The division technology committee, including technology staff, teachers and parents, and library media specialists, met throughout the 2009-2010 school year to devise a strategic action plan based on the goals and objectives of the Virginia Educational Technology Plan and to revise key portions of the plan. The plan was then reviewed by the Division Technology Committee, administrators, and stakeholders and then submitted to the School Board for approval. The changing landscape in the world of technology promoted a discussion and review of the overall role of technology conducted by the division technology committee during the 2012-2013 school year, and the technology plan was updated for 2014-2016. This plan is available online at  at

Core Beliefs:

  • We believe that technology provides the opportunity for rich, authentic, and personalized experiences that deepen learning and increase student achievement.
  • We believe that all children need to have equitable access to technology 
  • We believe that technology supports and allows for universal access to learning for students with and without disabilities.
  • We believe using technology fosters the development of 21st century skills.


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