From computers to mobile devices, tablets to interactive video games, today’s students are part of the digital age. How students are learning is changing and it’s important that we engage them using technology to enhance and enrich their learning.
There are many ways that we are using technology to support students. We believe that all learners can thrive in digital classrooms that are engaging, learning-focused and inclusive. We are guided by our ICT Standards (Information and Communications Technologies), a framework for using technology as a tool for teaching and learning students from kindergarten to Grade 12. Using this as a guide, we aim to improve student achievement by helping teachers integrate ICT into the curriculum, teaching practice and students' skills in order to support and enhance continuous learning.
In our classrooms, you may see many forms of technology including interactive whiteboards, mobile laptop carts, or tablets. A primary goal is to provide teaching and learning opportunities that use technology as a tool to support student learning and extend the classroom beyond the walls of the school. This includes teaching digital citizenship and understanding how to navigate safely in the online environment.
Many schools have joined Academic Workspace (AW 3.0) – the Board’s online tool for communication, collaboration and information sharing among teachers, students and school staff.
In addition, the TDSB is a Google Apps for Education partner. This provides all students and staff with access to Google’s suite of online tools in TDSB’s own safe and secure environment at home and schools.
We are working to provide:
- all TDSB sites with wireless connectivity
- every teacher with access to digital tools in their classroom
- every student with access to an electronic learning environment (inside and outside the classroom)
- parents with electronic access to teachers and information about their child and the school environment