Foothill Technology High School
- We leverage digital tools to support student and staff independence, flexibility and capability.
- We create relevant learning opportunities to prepare students to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
- We promote cost-efficient technology in a paperless and cloud-based environment.
Foothill staff and administration are committed to using technology tools to create flexible, independent and capable learners. We have six computer labs, a growing inventory of iPads and Chromebooks for classrooms and campus-wide wireless access for students and staff. Students are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices or laptops to school for use under our BYOD (Bring your own device) philosophy.
EDUCATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE (EDA)
Every new student to Foothill takes a yearlong technology class called Education in the Digital Age. After completing EDA, students who are interested in applying technology creatively can choose to enroll in Web Design, Digital Art and Design, Digital Animation, Digital Photography and Filmmaking, or Online Journalism.
FOOTHILL MOBILE TECH ACADEMY
In January 2013, we launched the Foothill Mobile Tech Academy. Interested teachers applied for grants to receive hardware, funds for apps, and professional development in a cohort setting in order to experiment with and share emerging best practices for mobile device instruction.
Read about our initial iPad initiative in the Foothill Dragon Press: “New technology enhances learning environment” (Feb. 14, 2013)
Question: What type of mobile technology is best for my student to bring to Foothill?
Foothill students and staff enjoy high-speed wireless access throughout campus.
Many Foothill teachers are using mobile technology in their instruction, and we encourage students to bring mobile computing devices from home, such as smart phones, tablets and lightweight laptops to enhance their academic experience.
Parents have asked what type of mobile technology is best to bring to Foothill. Technology is changing all the time, but here are a few recommendations:
Question: What is Foothill’s commitment to investing in technology?
For the past 10 years, we have asked families to contribute to a Technology Fund at the start of the year. The money raised is carefully allocated according to our long-term Technology Plan in order to purchase, maintain and repair the school’s PCs, printers and mobile devices. Over the past five years, during some of the most trying economic periods in state and school district history, Foothill families have generously contributed an average of $60,000 annually to support our technology vision and commitment.