Britannia Secondary School, Vancouver, BC
Britannia’s unique location in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside means a large portion of the school budget is earmarked to subsidize the "basics":
school fees, supplies, team uniforms, field trips, and food, leaving their technology seriously out of date. Students researching projects in the library are directed to old editions of Encyclopedia Britannica because the computers are broken. With their $25,000 grant, Britannia will upgrade technology for their library, Fine Arts program and Resource Centre.
Clearwater Secondary School, Clearwater, BC
This rural school’s small size means their essential senior level courses are not offered every year making it difficult for students to meet competitive university entrance requirements.
Recently, the school piloted a project where, through web-based instruction, one teacher could teach two or three courses in the same room allowing Clearwater students to have access to every class they need to meet their post-secondary requirements. The $22,000 grant will allow Clearwater to purchase tablets to assist students taking the expanded course offerings to access course materials.
New Westminster Secondary School, New Westminster, BC
With a school the size of six city blocks, student access to computers is a very real issue for New Westminster Secondary.
Serving 2,500 students, the library’s class set of 30 ten-year old computers are not adequately meeting the needs of the student population. Thanks to their $16,000 grant, the school will replace the aged computers and purchase additional units to expand the library’s tech offerings.
Alternative High School, Calgary, AB
At Alternative High School, students work on alternative educational programs in an environment where democratic living, learning and respect are paramount.
Students have the freedom to learn in a personalized manner and instruction is conducted in small groups or individual tutorials and independent learning/personal projects, where the use of technology would greatly benefit the students. With their $25,000 Tech Lab grant, Alternative will purchase a variety of technology to expand the learning opportunities of all their students.
Parkview Secondary School, Hamilton, ON
Parkview students are enrolled based on their specific educational needs; 95% of the student population is on an Individual Education Plan and every student has some form of learning disability.
Parkview Secondary is looking to improve the technology supporting their literacy and numeracy skill programs. Parkview will use their $23,000 to build a Literacy and Numeracy Lab where assistive technology like tablets, headphones and a Smartboard will give their students the help they need to develop these fundamental skills.
Clarke Road Secondary School, London, ON
With mismatched, donated and recycled equipment, the persevering Communications teacher and students at Clarke Road have been producing a weekly radio talk show on a local college station and broadcasting their own daily radio and TV programs at their school.
We can’t wait to see what they will be able to accomplish with the new technology they’ll be purchasing with their $17,000 Tech Lab grant!
École secondaire de l'île, Gatineau, QC
Computer labs at École secondaire de l’île are always booked full of students doing research or word processing, leaving many classes without a way to incorporate technology into their studies.
With the purchase of tablets thanks to their $25,000 grant, students in art, music, and other classes will be able to access technology and enhance their learning opportunities.
École secondaire des Hauts-Sommets, Saint-Jérôme, QC
École secondaire des Hauts-Sommet offers students in the "Focus on Information Technology" or FIT program, a chance to learn specialized training and vocational certifications from the Cisco Networking Academy.
A goal of this program is to integrate technology into every aspect of the student’s learning, a challenge due to the school’s limited resources. With their $22,000 Tech Lab grant, students in the FIT program will have an influx of technology to expand their expertise and better prepare them for future careers in IT.
Kennebecasis Valley High School, Rothesay, NB
The Student Center is a hub of activity for many students who attend KVHS as well as a place where they go for specific support for their academic needs.
KVHS will use its $18,000 grant to purchase assistive technology including laptops, tablets and large screen monitors, which will level the playing field allowing student with exceptionalities to succeed right alongside their peers.
Blackville School, Blackville, NB
Approximately 70% of high school students at Blackville take Journalism and Media Studies courses, learning practical applications including podcasting, video production, online publishing, photography, interview skills and writing.
Using their $15,000 grant to purchase new, faster computers, software, and cameras the school aims to create a greater "work-like" atmosphere where students will have all the technology they need to excel in their studies.
Lockview High School, Fall River, NS
Lockview, striving to keep 1,250 students engaged and motivated while acknowledging a large variety of learning styles, piloted the use of interactive whiteboard technology with great success in the Math and Science Departments two years ago and is eager to bring this program to other areas of study.
With a $25,000 Tech Lab grant to purchase more interactive whiteboards, tablets, document cameras and projectors, Lockview will bring this technology to other classes and continue to engage students of all learning styles and needs.
Bluefield High School, Hampshire, PEI
For students struggling with reading, access to technology is a key element of their potential for success in high school.
The Bluefield resource centre teachers recognize this need but so far have been unable to provide their students with the right devices. With their $14,000 grant, Bluefield will be able to provide these students with the additional support they require improve their literacy skills.
Congratulations to the recipients of the $10,000 Samsung Hope for Children Smart School Grants.
William Roper Hull School, Calgary, AB.
This special education school supports students with complex social, emotional, behavioural and educational needs.
Teachers at the school have found that technology motivated their students academically, allowing them to better express their knowledge and feelings using creative formats. Their $10,000 Samsung Hope for Children Smart School Grant will be used towards Samsung digital cameras for creative applications, and laptops to help teach the students employability skills.
York Humber High School, Toronto, ON.
York Humber is a small special needs secondary school dedicated to providing essential business, technical and employability/life skills for students planning to pursue careers in the skilled trades, apprenticeships, and community businesses.
The Samsung Hope for Children Smart School Grant of $10,000 will help equip a classroom with Samsung laptops and monitors.