By Renee Andor - Comox Valley Record
Published: March 20, 2013 3:00 PM
Students and teachers can expect new and improved technology at their Comox Valley schools, possibly starting this summer.
Comox Valley trustees voted to "support a one-time $4-million all-inclusive purchase of information technology" during their Tuesday board meeting.
According to school district secretary treasurer Russell Horswill, the board watched a presentation about the district's technological state during an in-camera meeting — and learned much of the equipment is out of date.
"Most of the technology is old or near the end of its life," he said, adding 364 staff members responded to a survey about the state of the equipment in their schools.
"When asked a question about if the speed of the computer is adequate, 79 per cent have indicated 'no,' that the speed of our Internet is adequate, 78 per cent have said 'no,' that the computers, laptops in my schools work properly each time, 78 per cent of the respondents have said 'no,' and that they believe technology enables the instructional environment and improves student academic achievement, 74 per cent said 'yes.'
"So what we're finding from the survey of our staff is that the vast majority of them are indicating to us that the technology that we currently provide them is inadequate and that they do believe it is a critical component of student learning."