Instructional technology is the use of technology tools to enhance and improve student learning. We believe that while no device or application could ever replace a highly-effective teacher, technology tools used purposefully to support learning can be powerful.
Research demonstrates that a partnership between effective instructional practices and technology can produce “gains in student achievement, engagement, and motivation.” (Magana & Marzano, p. 17, 2014). To this end, FHPS utilizes funds from community-approved bonds to increase both the number and variety of technology tools in every school, based on individual school needs. Moreover, as a district and in individual schools, FHPS invests in professional learning for teachers around best practices for technology integration.
Teachers and students are supported in a variety of different ways as we continue to implement the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students (MITECS). Designed to help our students enjoy success in life after their K-12 experience, the integrated learning produces students who are empowered learners, digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative communicators, and global collaborators.
As the field of instructional technology rapidly changes, we are committed to being good stewards of both financial and human resources, and never losing sight of effective pedagogy. Specific questions about school-based instructional technology should be directed to the principal.