At W-ALT we pride ourselves in innovation. With a SMART Board in every classroom students are always being exposed to technology. Not only are the students using technology but so are their staff. W-ALT staff use web-based services like Google Docs to take meeting notes, document data, and provide presentations. Some teachers have started going to an integrated classroom approach (commonly used in college) where a portion of the class takes place on line. This allows students to move at their own pace and staff to work closer with students.
Using ipads to document data, allows the staff at WEC to make informed, data-driven decision on what is best for the programs and for the individual students.
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"Innovation is about efficiency and sharing it. If you can be more efficient and not sacrifice the important things, that is where things get exciting. I am lucky to help facilitate a wonderful building in growing their technology and idea making skills, and showing them how to share them. I get to help everyone reach their full potential by not letting the hurdles get in their way. Then they get to pay it forward." Scott Swanson
W-ALT boasts that they have a SMART Board in every classroom! SMART Boards are large, interactive, whiteboards. Think of a giant iPad mounted onto the wall, but with even more power. These SMART Boards offer students a chance to interact at the front of the classroom.
Chromebooks are web-based notebooks (similar to a laptop). They contain no memory so students are continuously learning how to use the internet. They are ultra portable and allow students to enter their Moodle or Online courses anywhere in/around the building.
W-ALT is also proud to boast a couple classroom sets of iPads. These allow students to once again use interactive media gaining critical instant feedback.
The goal of the Innovation Forum is to promote the discussion and development of innovative ideas in education. It is an open forum administered by District 287 for discussing all aspects of innovation. Because many of the members are District 287 staff and teachers, much of the conversation will center on innovation particular to our District. Guests and outside members are welcome to participate in and benefit from such discussions. We value outside ideas.
Discussion forums are moderated to preserve the spirit of an open, interactive discussion. The forum guidelines for posting are important and should be read and accepted before you choose to participate. We will take appropriate steps to ensure discussions adhere to these guidelines.