Welcome to West Ottawa’s Technology Department
Students, parents and staff are provided with the best tools available for learning and communication via an expandable, integrated local area network (LAN). fiber optic cabling, which uses light to transport sound, images, and data along fibers of glass, makes access to information, resources and each other commonplace.
- There are more than 3,000 computers on the district network.
- Laptop mobile labs are also available.
- Wireless network access is available in select locations at every building.
- Multiple servers enable common access to and use of software and files.
- 32 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.
- The network provides telephone announcement services such as ClassLine, Information Hotline, Story Line, and Library Line, which furnish parents, students and community members with a wide variety of information.
- E-mail can alert staff, students and parents to meetings, assignments, or important messages.
Video Production Network
- A telecommunications system links all district buildings through the fiber optic network. Every classroom is connected through a TV and DVD and/or VHS player. Classes can communicate with one another using a video camera and the district video production facilities which are located at the high school.
- The television studio and technologically advanced video production equipment allow staff and students to develop, record, and edit broadcast material.
- Programs may be broadcast within a single classroom or building, in several classrooms, district-wide, or to the community on West Ottawa’s own educational access channel, The Education Station, Charter Communications Channel 96. Segments include student broadcasts, daily announcements, a message board, original programming, district meetings, and student performances.
- The studio also serves as a satellite link for educational programming.
- The Performing Arts Center is equipped with state-of-the-art sound, video, projection, and lighting, as well as multimedia capabilities.
Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety (from Board Policy 7540.03)
Staff Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety (from Board Policy 7540.04)