Grand Haven Area Public Schools is a leader in classroom instructional technology. Our district is committed to providing our classrooms access to a network and tools to enhance the education for all students.
Classrooms have access to a wide variety of instructional technology throughout the school day, and the Michigan Educational Technology Standards (METS) are incorporated at every grade level - delivered through classroom integration and individual course offerings.
Teachers and students are supported by a technology department that provides annual professional development, individual and group trainings, as well as curriculum resource materials and data reporting.
In 2009, our community passed a $4.9 million technology bond. These funds were used to install a projector, media cart, Promethean interactive whiteboards (ActivBoards), and Promethean classroom response systems (ActiVotes), thus making every classroom in our district an "ActivClassroom".
Research shows that when students are engaged in their learning with their eyes, their ears and by touching and maniplulating the information, they retain the information faster and can recall it longer. Below are links to the Marzano research study and some videos explaining how the ActivClassroom impacts student learning.
Our elementary classrooms infuse technology throughout the school day. Every elementary classroom is equipped with a ceiling mounted projector, Promethean interactive whiteboard, classroom response system, audio enhancement sound field system, digital presenter, four student computers, a teacher workstation, and a multi-media control platform. In addition to the classroom technology, every elementary school is equipped with a computer lab, and three mobile laptop labs.
Our elementary classroom curriculum integrates audio, video, interactive learning opportunities, and digital production. Beginning in first through fifth grade, elementary students participate in a media skills class that focuses on raising a student’s skill level in using technology by integrating digital production with a rich media curriculum that focuses on reading appreciation.
Middle School Technology
At Lakeshore and White Pines middle school, technology is infused throughout our curriculum. Each middle school classroom is equipped with a digital projector, Promethean interactive whiteboard, classroom response system, audio enhancement sound field system, digital presenter, a teacher workstation, and a multimedia control platform. In addition to classroom technology, the building is equipped with four computer labs and has access to three mobile laptop labs.
High School Technology
Students at both Grand Haven and Central high schools have many opportunities to use technology throughout the school day. Every classroom is equipped with a digital projector, Promethean interactive whiteboard, classroom response system, digital presenter, a teacher computer and multimedia control platform. GHHS students have access to 11 computer labs, six mobile laptop carts, and a digital café housed in the cafeteria, while CHS students have access to two computer labs and two mobile laptop labs.
Students at both high schools have access to many technology-rich course offerings including:
- Architectural Design
- Business Technology
- Commercial Art
- Computer Accountancy
- Computer Aided Drafting and Design
- Computer Programming
- Engineering Design
- Video Production
- Web Design
In addition, both Grand Haven and Central high schools house a PLATO credit recovery program in which students utilize online curriculum to accelerate through courses in which they have lost credit. Students are supervised by a certified teacher who can provide individualized help for students who need it.