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About Herndon High School

Technology

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At Herndon High School we endeavor to equip all students with the technology skills and experiences that will enable them to be competent and technologically literate citizens for the 21st Century.

Goals and Objectives:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and Herndon High School provide technology resources so that teachers can achieve goals related to integrating technology throughout the curriculum and enriching the educational experience. Technology resources are designed to support the goals and objectives of the educational mission.

Network Infrastructure:

Fairfax County has installed and maintains a fiber-optic and high-speed network for hard-wired and wireless connectivity in all rooms at Herndon High School. The network architecture enables sufficient bandwidth to provide stable service to the Internet and access to centralized resources.

Hardware:

Herndon High School maintains a variety of servers, personal computers, laptops, and peripheral devices that are available to students and teachers in the Hornet Community. There are over 1,100 PC’s, laptops, and computing devices at Herndon High School. Access to and storage space is provided to all students, teachers, and support personnel on secure networked drives.

Other hardware devices such as - networked and desktop printers and copiers, LCD projectors, interactive whiteboards including SMARTboard and Mimio, digital cameras (still, movie, and document), scanners, mobile computing tablets, student response systems, and other computing or peripheral devices are available for instructional use.

Computer Labs:

Two 30-computer research labs, two 16-laptop mobile labs, and 32 PCs in the Media Center are available for general instructional use. Several departments including Business, Computer Graphics, English, Education for Employment, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Fine Arts, Guidance and Assessment, Foreign Language, Health, Marketing, Math, ROTC, Science, Social Studies, and Special Education have desktop computers, mobile labs, and peripheral devices to support specific objectives in their curriculum.

Technology Resources for Teachers and Staff:

Technology resources are available for all teachers in the Teacher Training Lab, Media Center, and in all departmental workrooms.

All teachers and support personnel have a laptop or desktop and access to peripheral devices that are provided to support their role in the educational mission or curricular goals.

Software:

A standard package of software such as the virus-protection software, the Microsoft Office Suite, and browsers that allow access to the Internet and web-based applications such as Blackboard and testing and assessment programs is installed on all student computers. In addition, curriculum-specific software has been installed on computers that are assigned to specific departments. Selected server-based applications are available to students, teachers, and staff.

Web-based resources such as the FCPS websites and Herndon High School home page, as well as applications including; Blackboard, Parentview, and WeCare have been deployed to promote communication between and among students, teachers, parents, and members of the community.

Support:

A full-time on-site TSSPC (technology support specialist), SBTS (school-based support specialist), and a team of technical personnel are available to support and maintain the technology resources. Support is also provided by a HIT Team person in each department and Student Technology Assistants.

Responsibilities and Consequences:

In order to maintain stability and security of the computers and network resources for the entire Hornet Community, all users are expected to abide by guidelines, regulations, and directives as stated in the FCPS policies such as the Acceptable Use Policy and the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R). Individuals who deliberately, or through transgressions, do not abide by the guidelines that have been established for the common good, will lose privileges or access to resources as defined in the Computer and Network Consequences framework.

A variety of safety and security programs and initiatives such as iSafe have been deployed by the County and Herndon High School. The goal of these efforts is to reduce the potential for harm and to educate users. Safety measures such as virus-protection software and blocking websites that are inappropriate for an educational setting have been put into place.

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Training and Education:

Instruction and training opportunities that are designed to help students, faculty, and staff become efficient and effective users of the technology are offered throughout the year and are embedded in the curriculum. All new students and teachers are given orientation sessions and training during their first weeks at Herndon High School. The Media Center provides an orientation session for all incoming freshmen on basic technology resources in the Media Center and Blackboard. Teachers provide technology-related instruction through regular classroom instruction and assignments.

A variety of in-house and on-line courses and training opportunities are available to help teachers become proficient and keep current with required software programs and technology certifications as well as new and emerging technologies. Courses are available through the FCPS Academy program, and collaborations and partnerships such as NorthTier, and Discovery Education.

Student Opportunities, Groups, and Clubs:

Technology certification programs are available through the Business Department and Academy classes. Some students choose to become technology assistants. Internships, co-ops, and employment opportunities are offered through the Career Center and some business partnerships. There are several technology-based student clubs such as the Robotics team where students can use computer-based resources and develop in-depth knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience.

Technology@Home:

FCPS has partnerships and programs that allow students and teachers to purchase or check out hardware or software for use outside of school.

Donations:

Fairfax County Public Schools accepts donated computers and peripherals, if they meet acceptable specifications, whether donated centrally or to a particular school. These technical standards establish the acceptable specifications for donated computers capable of connecting to the FCPS network.