During the 2015-2016 school year, O’Dea High School in Seattle, WA found itself in the same position as many schools—its technology infrastructure and resources weren’t meeting the needs of staff and students. A single lab existed with computers for students. Because the lab also functioned as a classroom, it was difficult for teachers to book time and use the computers. O’Dea began a major digital transformation in the summer of 2016, starting with the appointment of its first Director of Educational Technology, David Olinger. During the next year, students and teachers entered an exciting new world of digital education.
Seattle school brings education into the digital world for students who are digital natives
O’Dea High School began its digital transformation built on Microsoft School Data Sync and Office 365, and school administrators and staff have seen some big changes. Teachers can make last-minute changes to lessons with no need to make new copies. Students can turn in assignments electronically, eliminating lost lessons on paper. Class rosters automatically update when students switch classes. Teachers and students create videos and share them with each other in real time. Collaboration, participation, and success are now the norm, as students bring digital coursework into their digital lives.
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