Information Technologies

Vision Statement for FCS Department of Information Technology (DoIT)

Technology today is a multi-faceted, complicated concept that is not easily defined or described.  Thus, a vision for technology is not easily penned, but can be linked to a statement made in 1775, by Samuel Johnson.  He wrote, "Knowledge is of two kinds; we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."  However, the tools for finding and communicating information have changed dramatically since the 1700s.  The technology of today allows us the flexibility having almost immediate answers and information to our questions.

Our schools were once physical places where the teachers stood in front of the classroom and dispensed ideas that students recited back.  Today, our classrooms are filled with equipment and devices that allow teachers to serve as not just dispensers of knowledge, but facilitators of learning.  Project-based learning and other methods of instructions are the norm.

Information technology has become the learning tool that expands and enhances instruction and maximizes the capacity of both teachers and students.  Through technology, teachers and students will access a wealth of material, and services throughout the world.

Department Personnel/School Assignments

General Links

        IT Documents

o   Acceptable Use Policy

o   Student Acceptable Use form

o   Photo/Video Permission form

o   Equipment/Software Approval form (Coming Soon)

o   Current Technology Plan 2010-11

o   Alabama Technology Course of Study

FCS Moodle  http://moodle.florencek12.org/login/index.php

Educational Video Library (EVL) http://florence-ttc/SafeVideos/

Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) http://www.avl.lib.al.us/

Alabama Public Television Plus (APT+)  http://www.aptv.org/APTPLUS/index.asp

OnGuard Online

http://onguardonline.gov/topics/protect-kids-online

Department Contacts:

Christopher Westbrook, Director of Technology
256-768-3066
cwestbrook@florencek12.org

Sherry Chase, Director of Data
256-768-3048
schase@florencek12.al.us

Todd Manley, Technology Specialist
256-768-3054
tmanley@florencek12.org

Patrick Alexander, PC/Network Specialist
256-768-3052
patrick@florencek12.org

Buildings: Central Office, Burrell Slater

Matt Bump, PC/Network Technician
mbump@florencek12.org

Buildings: Florence High School

Adam Edwards, PC Technician
aedwards@florencek12.org

Buildings: Florence Middle School, Florence Freshmen Center

Josh Briggs, PC Technician
jbriggs@florencek12.org

Buildings: Forest Hills, Harlan, and Weeden Elementary

Kevin Strickland, PC Technician
kstrickland@florencek12.org

Buildings: Hibbett Middle School

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