Lester B. Pearson board investing millions in Wi-fi access
Though school is out for summer, it’s not play time yet for officials at the Lester B. Pearson School Board who are going ahead with a plan to spend $1.4 million to launch one of the board’s largest technology advancements to date. Late last month the English school board announced that it will be installing more than 2,000 Wi-Fi access points throughout its schools and centres.
“The objective is to have one Wi-Fi Access Point per classroom that will deliver high-density Wi-Fi in support of curriculum activities for our students and teachers,” François Dupuis, Information Technologies Director at the school board, said, adding the installations are expected to take six to eight months to complete.
In addition, Dupuis noted, the Wi-Fi Access Points will also be installed in libraries and resources areas.
The board has 59 schools, adult and vocational centres, as well as two International Language Centre and an Administrative Centre on its territory which runs from Verdun to the Ontario border. Acknowledging that the need for mobility technology has become prevalent in the classroom, Dupuis said the board had “decided to invest in leveraging this technology for the best interests of our students.”
Meanwhile, the board says there are still a few spaces left in its new Junior Voyageurs summer day camp. The arts, science and technology enrichment camp for students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 will run until July 19 in Pointe Claire. Camp director Adrian Geller said a few remaining morning spots include programs such as Everything i-Pad, Introduction to Play Production, Treasure (West) Island: Geocaching and Artastic, a visual arts print media program. Openings in afternoon programs include: Broadway Bound and Comics Creation.
The Junior Voyageurs camp is taking place at Clearpoint Elementary, 17 Cedar Ave. in Pointe Claire. For information go to http://juniorvoyageurs.lbpsb.qc.ca, or email email@example.com.