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Technology

Welcome to West Ottawa’s Technology Department

Technology Vision

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.

Department Contact

Tom Winegar, Director of Technology
Phone: (616) 738-5741


Computer Technology

  • 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

Communications Tools

  • 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.
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)
Technology Plan 2012-2015