Welcome to West Ottawa’s Technology Department
West Ottawa Public Schools’ uses technology as a tool to facilitate and improve student achievement by preparing all students to succeed in a rapidly evolving technological world.
West Ottawa Public Schools is…
- integrating technology based lessons to improve student achievement.
- providing hardware and software necessary to meet educational goals.
- providing technology applications that will motivate and prepare all students for our rapidly changing world.
- improving two-way communication between parents and teachers to facilitate increasing student achievement.
- providing technology based experiences that expose students to the wide range of cultural diversity in our rapidly “shrinking” world.
- assisting students and community members in becoming technologically literate, lifelong learners by effectively integrating technology into instruction, operations and services.
- preparing West Ottawa students for a global market place that demands excellence in order to compete.
Students at West Ottawa Public Schools will…
- go into their futures prepared to take on the challenges presented by technology.
- be able to apply their knowledge and experience to other areas of their lives.
- be prepared for technology elements they encounter in the work world.
- be prepared for a higher education.
- carry their expanded technology experiences with them to college and/or their job careers.
- There are more than 3,200 computers on the district network.
- Mobile wireless devices are also available for instructional use.
- Wireless network access is available at every building.
- Multiple servers enable common access to and use of software and files.
- 37 computer labs district wide.
- Ceiling mounted classroom data projectors enhance communication and instructional delivery.
- Digital cameras, scanners, and video imaging enhance capabilities and encourage greater creativity.
- At least one personal computer can be found in every secondary classroom in the district. Computer clusters, consisting of three computers and a laser printer, are the norm in elementary classrooms.
- Library-media centers provide additional access to computer work stations.
- Harbor Lights and Macatawa Bay house technology and robotics labs.
- The high school vocational education complex features a technology work center complete with computer-assisted robotics and computer aided design (CAD).
Technology Integrated With the Learning Environment
- Expanded research capabilities
- Networked library-media services with access to global resources
- Networked Internet access
- Distance learning capabilities
- Latest educational software
- Curriculum enhancement
- Opportunities for students to demonstrate proficiency and produce technology-based projects
- Regular, observable application of skills to achieve or complete specified tasks
- Improved assessment capabilities and less reliance on standardized testing
- Increased individualization of learning and accommodation of different learning styles
- Teachers record attendance and grades on-line using classroom computers
- Support services are readily available to assist students and staff.
- Technology workshops are frequently offered to all staff, volunteers and parents
- The integrated fiber optic voice, video, and data network provides a telephone in every classroom. Parents can contact teachers directly during school hours. If a staff member is unavailable, a voice mail message can be recorded and easily retrieved. A caller may be put in touch with an operator for immediate assistance.
- The Infinite Campus Parent Portal communication tool connects parents/guardians to students’ data online, anytime, from anywhere there is internet access. Once the Portal is accessed, information about their child’s progress can be viewed.
- E-mail can alert staff, students and parents to meetings, assignments, or important messages.