Bring Your Own Device pilot project at Colonel Gray.
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
This is an exciting week in Education… as we mark another milestone in our education technology plan.
This week, we are beginning a Bring Your Own Device pilot project at Colonel Gray.
What it means …. is that Colonel Gray students are the first Island students …. encouraged to use their own smart phones, laptops and tablets in the classroom.
The policy will be rolled out to other schools in the new year…. two or three schools at a time.
Mr. Speaker, teaching is the main driver of student achievement … but technology can significantly engage students and accelerate their learning.
Now that we have wireless schools…. we can invite students to learn with the tools they use in their everyday life ….and will use in their future careers.
Enabling students to use their own familiar devices … can increase the use of technology beyond what the school Chrome Books now allow… eventually making technology the default in Island classrooms.
Being able to use their own technology in class will better position students for success in post-secondary …. where it is now the norm.
And it will level the playing field for many students with disabilities …. because they can now connect their own assistive devices to the school network.
Mr. Speaker, now that students have the access and the tools… our department is committed to embedding technology in curriculum as it is developed and updated.
And we remain committed to providing teachers with good instructional strategies that are supported by the use of technology.
We wish the folks at Colonel Gray the best as they pilot this innovative new policy.
Thank You Mr. Speaker.
Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture