What is FOT?
Foundations of Technology is a course required for graduation in the State of Maryland. SMCPS offers FOT in a traditional classroom setting or online by highly qualified teachers.
In Foundations of Technology students will explore and develop a deep understanding of the characteristics and scope of technology, the influence of technology on history, as well as the relationships and the connections between technology and other fields of study. Students will develop an understanding of the attributes of design while developing skills in using the design process to solve technological problems. Students will develop a positive attitude about safety and skills through researching, problem solving, prototyping, testing, and technical presentations while working collaboratively with others.
Online courses use the same curriculum and learning outcomes as the courses taught in school buildings. They are designed to take advantage of the online format.
Online courses are self-paced and can be accessed anytime, anyplace. An online course is designed as an environment for learning. Lessons are delivered in a sequential order. Comprised of educational information in a variety of media (videos, images, web links, and articles), online courses are enhanced with communication (discussion boards, face-to-face sessions, email, phone) and also includes student assessments (projects, quizzes, tests). Most classwork may be done from home. Students who are most successful with online courses have good time management skills and are self-motivated. To ensure its success, students have to be self-motivated and invested in the endeavor.
The online Foundations of Technology course is for St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) students actively enrolled in grades 9-12. Students who reside in St. Mary’s County, but attend non-public schools must formally enroll in SMCPS to be eligible for the program. Non-residents of St. Mary’s County will not be admitted.
Students can register with a School Counselor at their home school. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the school counseling office.