Students in the Greater Victoria School District are getting an upgrade with an investment that will put 585 iPads in schools for the upcoming school year.
The $1.25 million investment will also put 1,770 Chromebooks in the hands of students. This means that every elementary and middle school in the district will have at least a four to one ratio of students to a tech device. High schools will have a six to one ratio.
The district said that it made the investment to encourage students how to code and explore problems online. In a statement, district superintendent Piet Langstraat:
“Investing in technology opens doors for student learning that frankly didn’t exist before. Collaboration and hands-on learning are pillars of the new curriculum. Mobile technology facilitates opportunities for students to work in groups and to explore concepts outside of traditional classroom environments.”
The iPads and Chromebooks will be delivered in late August, just in time for the 2017-2018 school year.