ACCESS & LEARNING
A commitment that all students in Central Okanagan Public Schools have access to learning technology that provide opportunity for powerful learning inside and outside of school.
VOICES FROM THE FIELD
“Technology has become a necessity. Students need access both inside and outside of school.”
~ Secondary School Teacher
"Adult don't understand how much technology can help us and don't always trust us to make good decisions."
~ Middle School Student
"In university you use a laptop for everything. Class work, paying tuition, ordering meals, booking a study room...everything."
~ UBCO Teacher Candidate
“I want my kid to have his own device and know how to use it to be successful in school and in life.”
~ Secondary School Parent
“We want our kids to be adaptable to new technology and current with technology of the day.”
~ COPAC Parent
"We need to learn a lot more about technology before we graduate."
~ Secondary School Student
"There is a tremendous demand [for digital devices in school.] Some teachers are not using them because they are competing with colleagues for access.”
~ Middle School Teacher
“Digital inequality was brought into focus during the pandemic. Ongoing work at the federal and provincial level is needed to ensure students have access to reliable internet service and learning technology.”
~ BC School Trustees Association President
Technology continues to evolve rapidly and it has become intricately woven into the fabric of daily life for all of us. Of course, that comes with a balance of positive and negative implications for our well-being, some of which we don’t yet fully understand. As such, we recognize the growing need and shared responsibilities we all hold to support each learner to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to lead healthy, happy and productive lives in an increasingly digital world.
Currently, Central Okanagan Public Schools has a volume purchasing agreement to supply schools with laptops and Chromebooks at a significantly discounted price. This agreement allows the School District to extend the option to Central Okanagan families of purchasing these devices at the same volume price that the District receives.