Technology

Washougal School District has implemented a standardized classroom model for classrooms grades K-12, with each core classroom receiving a computer, document camera, and a projector or large format display. The district’s Technology department has partnered with a number of district teachers to provide hands-on staff development opportunities for staff to learn to integrate technology into their curriculum.  The district provides 1:1 learning devices in classrooms in grades K-12 with funding through the voter approved Technology Levy.

Washougal School District began a pilot of a one to one (1:1, or one device per child) initiative using tablet devices for 5th grade students in three classrooms in the fall of 2012. David Tudor and Les Brown monitored student data, attendance rates, and other measures to see if this pilot was worth expanding into more grades. Results from the pilot group were positive. The number of unexcused absences in the pilot group was almost half as low as the non-pilot students. Excused absences were 34% lower, and tardies were about 30% lower. This translates into more students being at school and ready when school starts.

Examining student mobility at Hathaway during the pilot showed much lower transfers out to other schools. For the 5th grade pilot classroom, there were no students who left the pilot compared to an average of 4.5 students leaving over the course of the year in the other two 5th grade classes.

David Tudor examined student data from both the pilot group and the non-intervention group, and found that students with iPads scored 8.7% higher on the Reading MSP, 14.7% higher on the Math MSP, and 11.4% higher on the Science MSP test.  Looking at EasyCBM data, the district saw an effect size of about .5, which is a moderate impact from the implementation of the 1:1, indicating that an intervention, in this case the iPads, made a difference in the classroom.

Click here for a guide to the roll out of our Technology 1:1 Initiative

Research shows that students learn best when the learning is proximate, relevant, and in context. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has a “Tiers” model which rates classroom uses of technology according to their level of integration. Tier 1 focuses on teacher uses of productivity software, such as typing materials in Word, or using WESPaC for grades. Tier 2 focuses on the teacher using technology tools for Instruction, such as a teacher using a document camera to show students an example problem. Tier 3 focuses on powerful 21st Century uses of Technology, where students are getting real world, project based experiences with technology.

The Tier 3 teacher uses and allows students to use technology as part of their lesson planning. Students learn applications and skills as they need them while working through problems and examples. This method helps students retain the skills they are learning, and makes them better prepared to understand and choose between the technology tools they have available for any given problem. To learn more about the Tech Integration Tiers, please visit the OSPI Tiers page.

Each year’s technology staff development courses for teachers have topics that teachers choose through a survey process. Each class is designed to model the types of instruction we want to see teachers using, and to give them a hands-on, project based experience with technology.  

Washougal School District’s Technology Committee began an initiative in the Fall of 2006, updated in 2010 and again in 2014, to create standardized sets of computer equipment for each grade level and subject area. The committee continues to work on directing expenditures to meet these standards. Here are the standards:

Grade
Teaching Computer
Student Computers
Projector & Document Camera
Sound Amplification System
Notes
Kindergarten
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
yes
1
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
yes
2
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
yes
3
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
yes
4
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
yes
5
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
yes
6
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
7
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
8
1
1:1 with iPads
yes
9
1
1:1 with Chromebooks
yes
10
1
1:1 with Chromebooks
yes
11
1
1:1 with Chromebooks
yes
12
1
1:1 with Chromebooks
yes

The Washougal School District Technology Committee is comprised of parents, teachers, and building administrators from each grade level. Staff with questions about technology planning and new equipment requests should start by talking to their building’s technology committee member.

The committee members are:

Name Title Representing school or department
Jay Bennett Teacher Washougal High School
Lester Brown Director of Technology District
Sandi Christensen Principal Canyon Creek Middle School
Kelli Dizmang Teacher Jemtegaard Middle School
Heather Kassel Teacher/Librarian Columbia River Gorge Elementary School
Brian Dryden Teacher Gause Elementary
Hillary Marshall Teacher/Librarian Library/Media services
Philicia Weaver Teacher Hathaway Elementary School

The Technology department uses a web-based service for reporting computer problems. The system is called “HappyFox” and we hope it is a convenient way for you to request assistance with computer problems, printer problems, or your other technology. Click here to start your work order.

Reporting problems this way will speed up the response of the tech support staff, and enable us to respond to you even when we’re away from our desks.  It will give you the ability to check the status of your work requests once they’re in the queue, and gives us the ability to log work performed by the tech staff.

Staff can also create tickets in the Helpdesk System by sending a message to an e-mail address.  Your Tech Support person will communicate these e-mail addresses for your school.

The system will also enable us to more efficiently answer your questions, as well as identify and replace problem equipment.

If your computer is not working (and that is why you’re requesting help) please keep in mind that you can always use a computer in another classroom near you to submit these requests.

You can use your Google account to log into this new system.  Just click the “Login using Google Apps” button on the HappyFox page.

 

WSIPC, the consortium that operates our Student Information System, schedules several weekend updates over the course of the year.  This year, November 5, 2016, March 4, 2017, and July 15, 2017 will be release dates.  On each of these days, all Skyward services are unavailable from midnight through 9 PM.  

WSD Tech intro to the Shoretel Phones – read this first!

Shoretel phone quick reference

Shoretel phone user guide

Shoretel voicemail quick reference

Video showing steps to do initial setup of voicemail (youtube, 45 seconds)

Configure a speed dial button on your Shoretel phone (video, youtube, 1:54 minute)
Important note: leave at least 3 buttons that are not set for specific speed dial operations so that you can still use conference and transfer features on your phone easily.

Phone training video:  https://vimeo.com/143876870

Advanced training:  https://vimeo.com/143877033

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