Technology investments announced for schools
The province will be introducing $2 million worth of computers and interactive white board technology to schools.
In a press release dated Feb. 9, the provincial government said 1,450 new computer systems and 272 interactive white boards will be added to schools to enhance learning through the use of technology. Of those items, 750 computers and 121 white boards will be spread amongst schools in the Eastern School District.
Interactive white boards, or SMART Boards, allow teachers to make use of audio, videos, maps, online resources, and other features through the use of a computer. All this can be achieved through the touchsensitive board.
According to figures in the press release, there are 22,000 computers in the K-12 school system, of which 3,300 are at least five years old. The new purchase will allow some of those computers to be retired. The investment in white boards will increase the total number in use at schools to almost 1,700.