With the goal of improved student achievement and increased student engagement, the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board invested $1.5 million in the latest technology for students at the board. Hundreds of iPads, iPods, Apple laptops and Smartboards will be distributed to all Thunder Bay Catholic elementary schools.
“We are really excited about this newest initiative,” says Joan Powell, Director of Education.
“It places some of the greatest and most current technology in the hands of all of our students.”
Recent studies conclude that technology positively affects student learning in a number of ways: it allows struggling students tools they need to demonstrate their learning; it engages reluctant learners; it builds collaborative learning skills; and allows for deeper levels of learning.
And Ms. Powell says there are additional benefits.
“Our deeply committed teaching staff is excited about this technology plan as well. In fact, 30 teachers voluntarily attending our “Summer Tech Institute” to get a jump start on teaching/learning with iPads, iPods, Smartboards and laptops.”
Last year, the Catholic Board rolled out a pilot project at three of their elementary schools that yielded nothing but success.
“Based on the level of engagement and endless creative classroom work, we were compelled to share this technology with all our students,” says Ms. Powell.
Bob Hupka, Board Chair is convinced the technology will help all students.
“Not all students learn the same way. This commitment to technology is designed to level the playing field for all children,” he says.
For more information, please contact Mike Thompson, Communications Officer
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board