According to the U.S. Department of Education’s “Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning” website:
“Technology ushers in fundamental structural changes that can be integral to achieving significant improvements in productivity. Used to support both teaching and learning, technology infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and hand held devices; expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; builds 21st century skills; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning.”
In the fall of 2013, Huntsville City Schools made the move to an all-digital learning environment with 1:1 Windows laptops for all students grades 3-12 and iPads in Pre-K through 2nd grade. A wireless network provides all students at every school reliable and equitable access of digital material and resources. The shift has created educational opportunities that have impacted students in every grade. Examples of positive impacts include gains in student proficiency as measured by state and national assessments and increased graduation rates.
Digital Learning includes areas in the Information Technology (IT) Department with responsibilities including IT Networking, End-User Device Management, IT Help Desk support, and the Educational Technology Department.
Huntsville City Schools provides Windows laptops for all students in grades 3-12 and iPads for those in Pre-K through 2nd grade.
- IT Help Desk
Tech support experts are ready to help students and faculty with password/login issues, email issues, or use of HCS software systems.
Help desk personnel are available from :
7:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
- T-Mobile EmpowerED
Provides a way for economically disadvantaged families to have internet access at home to help with their child’s schoolwork. Find out more by visiting the T-Mobile EmpowerED Site.
- Online Resources
All HCS staff, teachers, and students will use CLEVER to access District approved online resources as their single sign-on program.
- Huntsville City Schools Office365
Huntsville City Schools Office 365 provides cloud storage in OneDrive and access to online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Sway, as well as Outlook Mail for students grades 9-12. Your child logs in via username firstname.lastname@example.org and the password used for laptop login.
- Renaissance Learning
Renaissance Learning – STAR testing and AR – If you have not already requested access to your student’s information, click on Parent and click on REQUEST PARENT/GUARDIAN ACCESS. Access is granted at the school level; please allow time for appropriate access to be granted. The email address should match the email address used for InfoSnap during the registration of your student. Please use your student’s full legal name as shown in iNow.