FCPSOn is a district-wide initiative that will issue student laptops for use both at school and at home starting in the 2019-2020 school year.  If you have any questions about FCPSOn you can visit this link, or contact our Technology Specialist Scott Thimons. Here are answers to a few of our most commonly asked questions:

Will my child still be taught using traditional teaching methods?

Technology has always been used for instructional purposes by teachers. Instructional goals will continue to be assessed as they have always been assessed. Preparing students for the 21st century will include the use of technology as it provides students authentic learning opportunities they would not have otherwise and prepares them for the world they will enter upon graduation. However, technology does not replace the use of traditional teaching practices that have proven successful in supporting Portrait of a Graduate outcomes.

How long will my child sit in front of a computer screen?

The expectation is not that laptops will be used all day, in all classes, for entire class periods or even for the entire lesson. Technology is only one of the tools teachers use to provide meaningful learning experiences to all students. Like students, teachers are at different places with their knowledge of technology, their skill sets and their comfort levels with technology. Each teacher will determine how they will utilize technology if and when they deem it appropriate.