• Technology

     
    Dr. Michael Hale Dr. Michael Hale,
    Director of Technology
    34 School Street
    Watkinsville, GA 30677
    706-769-5130 ext. 1308
    mhale@oconeeschools.org
     

    Mission Statement


    The Oconee County Technology department is dedicated to supporting the effective integration of technology into all aspects of teaching, learning, and school administration.

    Students and parents in Oconee County expect the school system to provide a quality modern educational environment that will prepare their children for the modern world. Technological tools are vital to this process. Having access to real world tools helps students gain the technology skills needed to be lifelong learners and prepares them for successful careers. Parents can learn more about classroom technology and find additional resources by visiting the Parent Classroom Technology Guide page.

    Technology is a tool for teachers and students. It increases student engagement, teacher productivity, content differentiation, and the amount of readily available student learning data. Interactive whiteboard and wireless tablet technology will be used to teach rigorous content in all content areas. Classroom response systems will be used throughout the middle and high schools to instantly assess if the students are learning the content being taught. The results of the assessments will inform and immediately change the instruction being offered. The response systems also help teachers identify individual needs of students. Computer benchmark assessments further enable teachers to gain information about individual student performance. Email and the introduction of VoIP classroom phones help teachers efficiently communicate with parents and other teachers.

    Elementary students have access to modern computers in the classroom, media center, and computer labs. Shared network folders have been established for the students to save their work. Middle and High School students have access to modern computers in the computer labs and media center. All middle and high school students have logins and networked folders to save their work. This allows them to access their documents and files from any computer in the school. Students at all levels have the resources necessary to produce materials that demonstrate their acquisition of both basic skills and higher order thinking skills using modern technology tools.