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

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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