SUMMERSIDE – Almost 800 new computers have been installed in schools across the province, providing Island teachers and students with better access to modern technology.
Education Minister Alan McIsaac joins students and staff in the new computer lab at Elm Street School in Summerside. The addition of new computers is part of Education Link PEI, an $8 million commitment by government to provide better access to modern technology and faster internet service.
“Our world is changing and education systems around the world are shifting,” said Education Minister Alan McIsaac. “We need to ensure our teachers have access to technology that will help meet the needs of our students, and better prepare them for success in a technology-based knowledge economy.”
Over the summer months, the first wave of new computers were deployed and installed in elementary schools and most intermediate schools across the province, replacing existing hardware. Throughout the next phase, additional computers will be installed in high schools.
This major investment is in addition to the $8-million commitment Government announced last June to replace the Education Network. The Education Link project provides all schools with equal and unlimited access to the Internet, which benefits student learning in schools across the province.
“The opportunities available for students today are far beyond what we could have imagined 10 or 20 years ago, said Finance Minister Wes Sheridan. “These significant investments in technology will ensure all Island schools have access to cutting-edge classroom resources.”
As part of the EduLink project, great strides have been made to improve the network infrastructure across the province. Thanks to the work by Information Technology Shared Services (ITSS) and the site staff at schools, a significant number of hours were spent over the summer to bring the project near completion, with only a few remaining sites left.