Student Online Learning → Courses → Foundations of Technology
Summer – 6Fall – 12Spring – 12
*Tuition assistance is available. Please contact the Student Online Learning office if you have any questions. Tuition is $680 for nonresidents of Montgomery County.
Foundations of Technology is available in blended learning format. Blended learning combines three (two if only participating in semester A or semester B) mandatory four-hour face-to-face classes with daily online study. Face-to-face classes will be held on the first day, mid-term, and last day of the course. Students are expected to attend all face-to-face classes in their entirety.
Note: Students may take the full A/B course, only semester A, or only semester B. However, semester A must be taken and completed (either in-school or online) before taking semester B.
MCPS Course Description for Foundations of Technology (Course 5161/5162)
Registering for the MCPS blended learning course Foundations of Technology is a multi-step process. The Student Online Learning office provides information about the registration process below. For further information or clarification of a particular step, please contact the Student Online Learning office at eLearning@mcpsmd.org.
2020 Summer Schedule
*** NOTE: All dates and times are subject to change. ***
2019 Fall Schedule
Location of Face-to-face Classes: Richard Montgomery High School — 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852 (map)
*Class will not take place during winter break. The course spans over 13 calendar weeks due to time off for winter break.
2020 Spring Schedule
Location of Face-to-face Classes: Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852 (map)
*Class will not take place during spring break. The course spans over 13 calendar weeks due to time off for spring break.
Students are eligible to take Foundations of Technology A/B after completing Grade 8. Students currently in Grade 8 are eligible to register for the summer course when registration opens for summer courses.
Yes, a student can enroll for semester A and/or B. However, semester A must be completed (either in school or online) before taking semester B.
Detailed information about enrollment is available on the Registration tab on this page.
Online courses use the same curriculum and learning outcomes as the courses taught in traditional school. They are designed to take advantage of the online format. Most classwork may be done from home. Students who are most successful with online courses have good time management skills and are self-motivated.
The same grading and credit policies apply to online courses as to traditional courses offered in classrooms.
All classes are taught by highly qualified teachers who have been trained to teach in an online environment. MCPS blended learning courses are taught by MCPS teachers.
Yes, attendance is mandatory. Students cannot receive credit if they are unable to attend the entirety of all face-to-face classes. If a student's schedule will not allow him/her to attend all of the face-to-face classes, the student should not enroll in the class.
No, students must attend the scheduled face-to-face classes for the section in which they are enrolled. We are unable to make arrangements for students to attend face-to-face classes for other class sections. (See previous FAQ.)
The exact agenda depends on the course and the face-to-face class date, but important content is covered in each class. Examples of activities in face-to-face classes include:
The amount of time spent on each course will vary by student.
Students are not required to be online at specific times but all deadlines are expected to be met. There are no common times that all students need to be online.
Students may complete the online portion of the course wherever they can obtain a secure and reliable internet connection.
There are opportunities for a student to work ahead. If you want to complete work in advance of the class schedule, communicate with your teacher to develop a plan.
Instructors will have office hours when they can be reached online or by phone.
No, your online course grade will not appear on a report card. Check your transcript a few weeks after the class ends to verify that your grade has been placed on your transcript. If the grade is not recorded, immediately contact the Student Online Learning office.
The tuition for an online course is $300 per half credit (subject to change each year) for the Foundations of Technology (1.0 credit) online course. Tuition assistance is available, based upon financial need. Contact the Student Online Learning office for more information.
Refunds will be given when:
No refunds will be given once the first face-to-face class has begun.
Online courses require basic computer skills. Students need computer skills such as navigating websites, uploading and downloading files, using word processing software, using Google Drive and Google G Suite applications, formatting text and page layouts, using presentation software, using spreadsheet software, saving and updating files, locating files in a computer, and downloading and installing software.
Hardware: Any Windows computer running Microsoft-supported operating systems or Apple computer running MAC OS 10 (or higher) can access our online course content. Students need a reliable internet connection.
Software: The latest version of Google Chrome (preferred browser) or Mozilla Firefox with Flash player installed will be needed to access course content. Students need access to a G Suite account or a word processing program that can open and save Microsoft Word format or Rich Text Format (RTF) files in order to open and submit assignments. The capability to work with PDF files (saving as, opening, etc.) may be necessary. Files submitted in Mac OS Pages (Apple) format will not be accepted.