Our District recently received some excellent news from The Wisconsin Technology Initiative (@WTIConnect). WTI awarded @Oostburgschools a third technology grant worth close to $40,000. This brings our grant total from WTI alone to $133,143 over the past three years. Grant writing is time intensive, and detail-oriented and our grant success is a direct reflection of efforts from Oostburg Technology Integration Specialist @EdTechErica and Oostburg IT Manager @LucasTAllen. With the help of OMS staff member Laura Dolfin, this team put together an unprecedented third successful grant. In addition, a large group of our teachers volunteered a Friday evening and full Saturday earlier this year to attend WTI’s fall conference in Stevens Point. Oostburg had the largest teaching group from our area attending the conference, which not only increased our professional learning, but also contributed positively to how the grant committee views Oostburg Schools.
The technology provided through the WTI grant will expand personalized learning opportunities for students from their earliest experiences in our schools through graduation. SMART Tables (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaM6Ul8ZZQ) provided through the grant promote collaborative, 21st century, independent learning, while our second telepresence unit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErQUzLDGJSQ) will allow us to connect with learners across the globe. These technologies would be challenging to fund through our regular budget and we are grateful for this significant level of support from the Morgridge family as well as the entire WTI community.
As part of our effort to assess the effectiveness of our ongoing work in the area of technology we will be asking parents to complete a short survey regarding technology priorities. The survey will be conducted through BrightBytes.net. BrightBytes is a partner focused on using in-depth analysis of actionable data which will help us as we seek to grow learning outcomes. Parents can expect more information on this survey in the next few weeks, and we sincerely hope you can assist us by providing your feedback.
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