The Technology Engagement Learning Project (TELP) has been a partnership between schools, community businesses and organizations, families and their students, and the South Shore Regional School Board. Entering its 3rd full year, in 2015-2016, the goal of the program has been for every student in designated schools/grades to have an iPad available as a tool to help increase their engagement, learning and achievement. All of the students, participating in T.E.L.P. in their particular school and grade level(s), have access to an iPad, 24/7, which they manage effectively with their families.
Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education, 2015, the 3Rs: Renew Refocus Rebuild contains several references that support increased and appropriate access to technology for our students. One of the fundamental changes identified was to build a modern education system. Under Pillar Two: A Innovative Curriculum, there is a commitment to “provide access to modern technology to support classroom teaching and learning.”
This technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. Effective teaching includes strategies which engage students in relevant and meaningful learning experiences. Today’s students expect to be connected and need to understand the responsibilities that come with the increased use of technology. Mobile technology is a powerful learning tool for our students.
Through collaboration with our School Advisory Council, upcoming feedback and sharing sessions with our parent community, as well as consultation with Jeff DeWolfe, Director of Programs and Services, SSRSB and Jim Dexter, Coordinator of Technology Integration and Data Management, SSRSB, we are very excited to have CDS be part of this partnership.
For our first year of implementation, students currently in Grade 5 will be moving towards a one-to-one ratio and ownership for January 2017. Quite simply, the goal of the TELP program is for every student at CDS (and eventually all schools within the entire SSRSB) to have access to an IPad to increase engagement, learning and achievement.
The South Shore Regional School Board will provide a monthly payment plan (over 24 months) that would allow parent(s) and / or guardian(s) the ability to purchase an Apple iPad (Ipad mini is $14.87, Ipad Air 2 is $23.00 for 24 months) for your child through an automatic payment plan system. The option also exists for a full purchase as well.
In response to feedback from our information session:
- Students will be set-up with an educational ID with their gnspes.ca email
- Teachers and parents (if they choose) will have access to the password and not the student, for adding APPS
- No cost for paid apps. School will invest in their future by gifting them APPS.
- Appropriate educational tools will be used at appropriate opportunities.
If you are planning on taking advantage of our payment plan or making a full purchase through the board, all documentation needs to be delivered to the school by November 17, 2016. This will have devices arriving to you in December.