EMC Canada Tablet Donation Helps 23 West Region Toronto Schools Enhance
Technology Curriculum and Chronicle Histories
Grade 5 and 6 students will use devices to digitally preserve their schools'
TORONTO, April 23, 2013 /CNW/ - EMC Canada today announced the donation of 184
BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets to 23 elementary schools in the Toronto
District School Board's West Region family of schools. Grade 5 and 6 students,
guided by teachers and librarians, will use the tablets to create multimedia
projects based on their schools' histories.
"Technology has the ability to empower both educators and students," said
Michael Sharun, Managing Director of EMC Canada. "It can encourage
collaboration, improve learning and inspire imaginative minds. EMC Canada is
proud to be able to make this donation to the TDSB."
The schools began using the tablets in February and students will complete
their projects by presenting to their schools' student councils during
Education Week, which runs from May 6 - 10.
"The response from schools and staff to the donation has been great," said Tim
Kamino, Vice Principal at Islington Junior Middle School. "They all wanted the
opportunity to roll the tablets into their curriculum. It's new technology for
many of the students and teachers and they're very excited about it."
Technology is considered a critical pathway to teaching and learning in the
West Region family of schools. All of the schools have a focus on technology
and the tablets will enhance that part of the curriculum. Teachers will work
with school librarians to show the students how to use the tablets to research
the history of their schools and collect photos, data and articles.
The schools decided to focus on history projects because the tablets are an
excellent tool for multimedia presentations. One of the schools in the West
Region family, James S Bell, is celebrating its 100(th) anniversary in two
years. Students will be able to use applications to download, store and
manipulate photos, video and other material. Students will be able to
incorporate a variety of material into their final presentations including
stories, poems, photo journals, drama videos and animation videos.
For example, Islington Junior Middle School recently had a former student, now
80, return with a photo from 1948, when he attended the school. He spoke to a
Grade 5 class about what it was like to attend the school six decades ago. The
students shot video of his talk and will use it as part of their presentation.
Once the projects are complete, they will be stored and displayed in each
school's library where they can be viewed by students and the public. Future
classes will be able to expand the projects with their own presentations and
"We're very interested to see what each school comes up with," Kamino said.
"We view this as an opportunity to push the students creativity and knowledge
of technology. We also like the fact the projects are sustainable - the
students' research can be stored digitally and future classes can use the
tablets to expand and complement the existing historical archive."
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