Technology Connections Blog

Director of Technology Rich Boettner has a blog to keep the community aware of what’s happening in the world of technology. This is where results of the Technology Task Force findings are posted. He is also posting videos about how technology is used in classrooms already. This week he spotlights Lisa Braun, a teacher at Hilliard Davidson who is using iPads to help students learn Spanish. They are learning vocabulary, creating videos and working on a variety of websites to learn about Spanish culture. You can see the video and read more on his blog, Technology Connections. Hilliard City Schools embrace new technology and inspire teachers to learn the best ways to connect with students.

Light It Up Blue in Support of Autism Awareness

At Hilliard City Schools we embrace every child and empower them to make good choices in their educational journey so that they are inspired to be ready for tomorrow. This certainly includes all of our students with autism. April is Autism Awareness month and Hilliard City Schools will celebrate these students by encouraging both students and staff to wear blue on Wednesday, April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day. I hope you will join me in supporting the great students, families and staff members who have dedicated countless hours supporting the specific needs of these students. Read More

What’s He Thinking…Tech Edition

With the announcement of Hilliard Schools plan for personal electronic devices for students I’ve received some questions and wanted to address some of the more common ones below. You can find additional information about the implementation plan and the Technology Task Force online at www.hilliardschools.org/techconnect/.

Q. What is the district’s annual technology budget? How many computers are in high schools now? Read More

What’s He Thinking . . . Questions from Twitter

The interaction and questions from Twitter have become a vibrant, active part of Hilliard Schools’ communication efforts. While I try to provide answers directly in Twitter when possible, some of the questions require more than 140 characters to provide responsible answers. I’ve addressed a few of these below.

Remember – Thursday, March 13th from 8-9 p.m. will be our next Twitter-Connection Tweet-up. Please join that conversation at #AskHCS. Read More

Technology Task Force Conversations Provide Direction for District Vision

One of the great opportunities I’ve enjoyed this school year has been the work of the Technology Task Force. I announced the creation of the group during my State of the Schools address in October. Since then, three separate groups of students, community members and staff members have been hard at work discussing, conducting site visits and looking into different ideas related to where Hilliard Schools wants to be with individual devices and technology integration in classrooms. All of the groups came together in January for cross-committee discussion and feedback related to this initiative. Since then our administrative team and staff members have been hard at work reviewing every comment and considering how we might take their key findings and put them into action in our schools. Read More