EMC Canada Tablet Donation Helps 23 West Region Toronto Schools Enhance Technology Curriculum and Chronicle Histories

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' 
pasts 
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 
research. 
"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." 
About EMC 
EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service 
providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. 
Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative 
products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping 
IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset 
- information - in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional 
information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com. 
EMC Canada (www.EMC2.ca), headquartered in Toronto with seven offices from 
coast to coast, is a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC Corporation. 
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