Les­ter B. Pear­son board in­ves­ting mil­lions in Wi-fi ac­cess

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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.”

Board camp

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 ju­nior­voya­geurs@lb­pear­son.qc.ca.

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