West Shore School District believes in meaningful integration of technology; decisions about hardware and software are driven by curriculum decisions. Because technology is ever-changing, faculty and staff have access to on-demand and scheduled professional development throughout the year, both on-line and face-to-face.
Our technology commitment supports our Personalized Learning initiative. Both faculty and students have access to technology that allows the learner to pursue his or her interests in the context of learning. Part of our Future Ready initiative, personalized learning can change the experience students have in school, allowing them to connect their personal lives to their education.
What do our classrooms look like?
All homeroom classrooms in grades K-2 have access to iPads for both skill building and creation of content. In the Fall of 2017 this will expand to include all Special Education and ELL classrooms. In addition, all special education teachers and ELL classrooms have access to Chromebooks dedicated to their students.
All classrooms in grades 3-5 have access to shared Chromebooks carts. In addition, all special education and ELL teachers have access to Chromebooks dedicated to their students. In the Fall of 2017, shared iPad carts will be available to students. These will be dedicated to content creation for student use. The student to device ratio is 2:1.
All Middle Schools have shared Chromebook carts and MacBook carts. In the Fall of 2016, all Science classrooms were equipped with 15 Chromebooks and Grade 6 English/Language Arts classrooms have 6 Chromebooks for small group instruction. In addition, all special education and ELL classrooms have access to Chromebooks dedicated to their students. In the Fall of 2017, Grade 7 and 8 English/Language Arts classrooms will receive 15 Chromebooks to support their newest textbook adoption.
Each Middle School has two computer labs. The labs are equipped with 15 Windows desktop PCs, 15 MacBook Airs, 2 iPads, and 2 Finch Robots.
Each Middle School has a Technology Education lab which will be upgraded in the Fall of 2017 with 24 Windows desktop PCs.
Both High Schools will have shared Chromebook and MacBook carts starting in the Fall of 2017. Students in English and World Language classrooms will have access to dedicated Chromebooks in a 2:1 student to device ratio, and the shared carts can be used by teachers in other areas. Art and Technology Education students share access to computers in several graphics labs. Our libraries will have iPads which can be checked out by teachers and students to allow students to create multimedia projects.