Engaging students in a variety of learning environments through technology and supporting teachers in becoming proficient in using technology to enhance learning are the goals of Saskatoon Public Schools' Technology for Learning core strategy.
The Board of Education received an update on the division's efforts as part of the strategy during its meeting held April 17. Recent upgrades to both hardware and infrastructure have removed many barriers for teachers and administrators and work continues to build awareness of available resources and assist teachers in using technology effectively during instruction.
The division is also working to pilot innovative, technology-based learning with the assistance of Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation and the work of SaskCode.
Other highlights from the meeting included:
- During discussion of the recent provincial budget, trustees emphasized their commitment to keeping resources in the classroom to ensure student success. Total funding announced on budget day for Saskatoon Public Schools was $237.2 million, which is below 2016-17 funding levels. Trustees will set the 2018-19 division budget in June.
- The board approved a tender for construction of an outdoor sensory playground at John Dolan School, which serves intensive-support students who require a high level of care. The project has been made possible by a fundraising campaign spearheaded by the school's parent council. Parents from John Dolan expressed to their appreciation to trustees for the work of the school and the program opportunities provided for students.
- Song and dance brought the board room alive as students from École Dundonald School provided trustees with a song from their production of Beauty and the Beast. Teacher Brenda Irvine and students shared how theatre contributes to arts literacy, engages students, encourages a sense of belonging, builds identity and provides students with the opportunity to shine and take risks.
Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca. The next meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.