Bernier announces big steps forward for technology in schools

first_imgPutting enhanced high speed internet to good use.Advertisement “We’re always going to keep our minds open to looking at every opportunity as we go forward,” he added. Dawson Creek Secondary School uses NGN to power three unique programs: myBlueprint, Canvas, and Peacenet.myBlueprint is a web-based program that helps students complete a learning portfolio, including resumes and cover letters. Canvas is used at Dawson Creek Secondary’s Distributed Learning school to manage course content and student records. Finally, Peacenet is SD 59’s own server providing teachers and students access to all the features of a digital drive, while remaining on a closed server.Advertisement DAWSON CREEK – Education Minister Mike Bernier was back home in Dawson Creek today to make announcements and check in on how high speed internet has been put to good use at Dawson Creek Secondary School.“It’s not just a tool, it’s a necessity,” he told Energetic City. He was joined by a TELUS representative at the school to announce that the remaining school sites without high speed internet would be connected to the Next Generation Network by December 2016.Bernier added that updating all schools to high-speed internet will level the playing field for all students in B.C.- Advertisement -“Whether you’re in Prespatou or down in Vancouver, you’ll have the same speed and same access to opportunities,” he said.81 per cent of students and 1186 out of 1650 school sites in the Province already have access to high speed internet, through the partnership with TELUS.center_img Bernier also announced today 15 more Innovation Partnership projects on the go.New projects announced today include opportunities for young learners to use technology to conduct self-directed scientific research, partner with a local symphony orchestra to learn about Canadian history, participate in enhanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, and develop creative and critical thinking skills.There are 32 Innovation Partnerships in place right now. Last fall, the first 17 projects were announced.Each project will receive $8,000 in financial support for teacher release time, research, and project expenses, plus there will be opportunities for project teams to collaborate with colleagues and explore how these innovative concepts could be adopted by other school districts.Bernier said these partnerships will work well within the new curriculum.Advertisement New technology makes it easier for teachers to bring online learning tools to the classroom so students can connect with the wider world and follow their passions. TELUSPosted by Government of British Columbia on Friday, March 4, 2016last_img read more

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