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November 06
​Why invest in technology for Education?

Is the type of education we received as children years ago good enough for our kids now?  To answer this question I would pose another question. Is the world that our kids face now (and will face in the future) the same as that when we were kids? Inevitably you will have arrived at the same conclusion that I have. The world today is vastly different than the one we faced in the past. The world our children will face in the future will be vastly different than the one they face today.

 

A small difference? When I was a child we used imperial measurement. Now, we use metric (admitedly, I continue to find difficulty picturing a kilogram or a kilometer in my mind, but I have little difficulty picturing a pound or a mile in my mind!).

 

A larger difference? When I was a child we used resources, whether natural such as paper, or man-made such as plastic, with little regard for the impact on the environment. Now I cannot step out of the local grocery store with the ever present question in my mind about how much packaging was used on that grocery item I just bought and do I really need a plastic bag to hold the items that I just purchased that are already in their own plastic packaging.

 

The world is a different place.    

 

So the next question to ask is what can (and should) we do to help prepare our children for the future they face?

 

No doubt most people are familiar with the concept that we as a world have gone through the Industrial Age. That wonderful time when people accelerated their use and creation of machines to turn our natural resources into products that serve our needs. What age are we in now?

 

We are in the Knowledge Age. The new business of the world sees the value of information, expertise, and technical innovation. That is where we ought to concentrate our efforts.

 

What do our children need from us? They need for us to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and values they will need to be successful in their future. These comprise of, but are not limited to: collaboration with peers, global perspective, continual learning, communication, creativity, problem solving, leadership, self-direction and flexibility. They need several types of literacy: information literacy, media literacy, information and communication technology literacy, and digital literacy. In its simplest form, they need to learn to use digital tools (properly with guidance) to help them prepare for what the future holds.

 

This brings us to schooling. For students to gain all the “literacy” skills they need, they must use the tools of the Knowledge Age.      

 

Ipads are one such tool that promote these skills.

 

The teachers at our school are committed to promoting the use of ipad technology with students to help prepare students. To this end we have included this in our School Growth Plan and have committed valuable Professional Day time and effort into expanding our own knowledge and skills in this area.

 

Last year we were fortunate enough to apply to our school district and granted a set of ipads to use at our school with an ipad pilot project team. This small group of educators used the devices in their classroom and were able to come to some conclusions on the values of using the tool for students as well as work out some of the logistics that inevitably come with introducing something new. Furthermore, these teachers have begun providing support to their colleagues in introducing this tool to their students. Their leadership is invaluable.

 

The PAC was generous and by the end of the year had fundraised and donated a portion of money that we were then able to spend and purchase more ipads to increase our ability for more students to access this technology. Those ipads are now in the school.  

 

As the Information Age continues to expand, the firm belief is that in order for students to be prepared for their future, they must use the tools of the Information Age.

 

As always, we thank you for your support. ​ 

July 04
Student Safety

​The end of our summer holiday signals a return to school. The Weir school community would like to remind everyone to please exercise caution when driving to and from the school. Bad weather makes driving conditions treacherous. Please remind your child to cross only at crosswalks. If they can, they should wear bright clothing as well. For adults, please follow traffic laws and avoid speeding, u-turns, and parking in areas that are prohibited.​

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