Local School Boosts Learning and Security

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email

Technology has folks at one Lansing school very excited these days.
Two new additions at Windemere Park Charter Academy are directly improving children's learning and safety.

Six months ago the school added the lobby guard security system.
Every time someone enters the school they must swipe their license.
The office immediately gets information on that person-- like warrants, convictions and sex offender status.
If the system doesn't deny entrance, it takes their picture and spits out a visitor's ID badge.

The principal tells us parents feel their kids are much safer.

"It has triggered a couple things for us," said Principal Jeff Whipple. "We've had to talk to the parent and clarify a few things before they could go on field trips or come into the building."

"Overall it does an excellent job,"

The other successful addition is in the classroom and it's called a SmartBoard.
It's basically a giant interactive computer that teachers say has greatly increased student interest and participation.

"The reaction from parents and students has been amazing," said Stacy Van Norman, a 6th grade teacher at Windemere.

Norman is trying to incorporate it into every lesson from geography to English.
Teachers can stand at the SmartBoard and navigate it by simply touching the screen.
Norman agrees the technology has really connected with today's modern tech-savvy students.

The next step for Windemere is to get a SmartBoard into every classroom-- which won't come cheap. They run just under $1,500 dollars a piece.

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