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High schools to get 40,000 computers a vear by Rebecca Higgins Imprint staff

ten years in various announcements. So the question is, will they ever get to that 1O-to- I ratio?” Another feature ofthe proposed plan involves the opportunity for students to access world-widecomputer networks. Existing classrooms as well as newly built schools will bc provided with networking facilities “as soon as possible”, according to the Backgroundcr. The support for teachers will allow school boards to spend money on repairs and educational software. One interesting aspect of the Backgrounder details the devclopmcnt of partnerships between schools and local businesses, an act that will likely change the face of education permanently. Asked if the move would constitute the “selling-out” of the schools and industrialize the concept of education, Wagner seemed unconcerned. “I don’t think that’s a selling out, I think it’s a very positive step to say we’re all in this together. In recent years businesses have said to school boards and to universities that education has to start providing graduates who are knowledgeable in today’s society to and able to use information technology,” he said. About the introduction of this element of the plan, Wagner leaves room for doubt, noting, “It’s a fairly open-ended statement from the Ministry of Education.” The Backgrounder and the accompanying news release mention that the first partnership is already in place, between several boards and IBM Canada. The news release is based on the findings ofthe Royal Commission on Learning. Wagner approvesofthcCommission’s work to date and is especially impressed with the group’s acknowledgement of education for students who will be graduating “in the next century.” Undeniably, Canadian cducation is changing as it becomes more data-oriented and focussed on computer knowledge. The children, perhaps even siblings of currentlystudying university students will be affected in the years to come if the proposed plan is implemented. The alterations in education have been slow to arrive in comparison to the massive new wave of technology in the home. As Rick Wagner says, “We live in a world filled with information technology. And a lot of students have more at home in that regard than we do in the classroom.”


chools across Ontario are about to become more tech nology-friendly, according a rcccnt Backgroundcr from the Ministry of Education and Training. New adjustments include the proposed implementation of a lUto-l ratio between students and computers, involving the purchase of 40,000 new computers every year. Also, curriculum-based softwart will be more readily available, as will support for teachers.


“That’s a noble objective. The government has used that IO-toI ratio fur at least the last ten years iz2 various announcements. So the question is, wiGl they ever get to that IO-to1 ratio?” Rick Wagner, computer consultant for the Waterloo Region Separate School Board; hesitates to embrace the new policies just yet. “Until we see exactly what the government’s going to do with support for their announcement, I tend be a little bit cautious as to what it will mean for schools,” he says. But Wagner believes that if the plans arc followed through with, the result will be positive. “If they do come through with everything that’s in the backgrounder and the press release that it’s based on, things should improve the amount of technology available for our students’ use .” About the improved studentsto-machines ratio, Wagner remains skeptical, saying, “That’s a noble objective. The government hasuscd that 1O-to- 1 ratio for at least the last



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