AACPS Blackboard is managed by the Office of Instructional Technology. All AACPS instructional staff have an account and are welcome to access resources on our Blackboard server. AACPS staff members can use the same login that they use to check their AACPS e-mail. Teachers with (virtual) Blackboard communities are able to provide additional learning opportunities and support to their students. These online communities also allow teachers to post announcements, homework, web resources, digital media, and other important information for students and parents. Many professional development communities also use Blackboard to communicate and collaborate with teachers and staff district-wide.
Through the Maryland Virtual School Opportunities program, the
AACPS Online Campus offers high school students access to high quality web-delivered courses and instructional support. Students unable to take a specific course due to scheduling conflicts or because the course is not offered at the home school, may, with prior approval, be enrolled in an online course during the regular school day. These, mostly AP, courses serve to expand the range of learning opportunities available to AACPS students.
The Office of Instructional Technology has initiated the AACPS
eCoach program to assist in meeting the NCLB goal that students will be technology literate by eighth grade. In its fourth year of implementation, the program provides guidance and training for eCoaches to liaison with OIT teacher specialists and become technology leaders in their elementary and middle schools. These on-site trainers then share exemplary methods and skills for incorporating technology into instruction with teachers and staff.
Principles of Technology Leadership is an online course offered by the Office of Instructional Technology to prospective and practicing administrators. The course is designed to assist administrators in developing an understanding of technology leadership and best practices that will lead to effective technology integration and improved student learning. Participants examine processes needed to enhance and differentiate instruction in order to prepare AACPS students for the 21st Century.