Digital Learning Initiative

Hanover County Public Schools Digital Learning Initiative logoThis fall, in order to support the district priorities of innovation, equity, and relevance, Hanover County Public Schools is moving forward with the implementation of their Digital Learning Initiative. The Digital Learning Initiative includes increased access to devices for students and embracing a blended learning classroom environment. Consistent access to a device will allow students more opportunities to communicate, collaborate, and create which are skills essential for success in today’s society. Teachers will be able to combine face-to-face and online instruction to facilitate a more personalized learning experience to develop these skills.

Blended Learning

Blended learning is a combination of online and face to face instruction that gives students some control over path, place, and pace. Benefits of blended learning include increased student engagement, expanded opportunities for differentiation, and more flexibility for teachers while planning instruction. Over the next few years, Hanover teachers will be receiving support and training on creating blended learning environments in their classrooms.

Project Timeline

This fall, the county is piloting the use of Chromebooks on a small scale in one of our middle schools. During this pilot the county will be eliciting feedback from students, teachers, and parents to help refine the specifics of the project before a full scale deployment.

  • 2019–2020: Small scale middle school device pilot
  • 2020–2021: Full scale middle school device deployment
  • 2021–2022: Full scale high school device deployment
Digital Learning Initiative timeline

2019–2020 - Pilot and Preparation

  • Pilot students and staff explore and feedback is gathered. 
  • All other middle and high schools focus on preparing staff and creating a supportive environment for change.

2020–2021 - Middle School Focus

  • 1:1 devices for all middle school students.
  • Continued blended learning support for teachers and students.
  • High school continues to prepare. 9th grade teachers visit middle schools.

2021–2022 - High School Focus

  • 1:1 devices for all high school students.
  • Continued blending learning support for teachers and students (High school beginning, middle school next steps).
  • Focused teacher preparation in grades 3–5 with blended.

2022–2023 - Elementary Focus

  • Increased access for grades 3–5.
  • Continued support for all teachers.
  • Middle school fully embraces a blended learning environment.
  • High school continues to form blended learning environments in all disciplines.

Additional Information

Please continue to visit this page and the subpages located on the right for more information about the Digital Learning Initiative. Updates on the progress of this project will be listed below.

Project Updates

March 2020: In light of recent events, the digital learning initiative parent information sessions that were to be held at each middle school have been postponed. Options are being explored to present this information in an alternative format. Other work related to moving the digital learning initiative forward continues. Additional updates will be posted to this page as information becomes available.

February 2020: All middle schools have selected dates to hold information sessions for parents to learn more about the digital learning initiative and the opportunities it will provide to their students next year when all middle school students receive a Chromebook. The dates are as follows:

  • Chickahominy: April 2 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Stonewall Jackson: April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Liberty: April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Oak Knoll: April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

We encourage parents to attend the information session at their home school, however, the same presentation will be given at each middle school to provide additional opportunities to attend. Parents will receive a handbook at each session that provides additional information about the digital learning initiative. The handbook will be posted to this site in April.

Work surrounding creating a professional learning event this summer for all middle school teachers continues to progress. Building-level professional development continues to be offered at each middle school to better prepare teachers for a blended learning environment.

January 2020: The Technology Department has been working on details about Chromebook software, device options, and device distribution among other things based on feedback gathered from teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, and ITRTs. Students continue to exhibit excellent digital citizenship skills. Repair tickets and discipline issues are minimal. Work continues on developing information sessions for parents to attend this spring. Dates for each session will be announced by each middle school. Initial planning is taking place to identify a location for the high school device pilot.

December 2019: Students of the pilot were surveyed about their use of their Chromebooks. The results of this survey will help drive decisions about the larger device acquisition. Teachers of the pilot were introduced to an online application to help enhance their blended learning instruction. Their feedback will help inform decisions around online curriculum resources. Sessions and a handbook to inform parents about the digital learning initiative are being developed and will be offered in the spring at each middle school.

November 2019: Pilot students began taking the Chromebooks to and from school each day with the expectation that they will charge the device each night and keep it in working condition. Students are doing an excellent job with the increased responsibility. Teachers continue to participate in blended learning professional development opportunities to be knowledgeable of the best use of the Chromebooks when they are distributed to all middle school students next year. Work has begun on creating informational sessions for parents to take place at each of the middle schools in the spring.

October 2019: Pilot students were given increased responsibility and began carrying the Chromebooks between classes. Teachers continued receiving blended learning professional development and implementing what they learned in their classrooms. An information night was held for the parents of the pilot students that explained the pilot’s purpose, blended learning, and the digital learning initiative as a whole. Feedback continues to be gathered from students, teachers, and parents and is being used to drive decisions in the initiative.

September 2019: Pilot students introduced to Chromebooks and participated in a new online technology orientation course covering operation of a Chromebook, acceptable use, and digital citizenship.

August 2019: Chromebooks for middle school pilot purchased and delivered. Continued planning and preparation with teachers and building administration.

Summer 2019: Blended learning professional development offered to all Hanover teachers and building administrators.

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