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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tech Centres Dismantled

Grey Bruce | by James Greensmith  

Bluewater Staff and Trustees now want to move tech centre programs into classrooms.

The four elementary tech centres in Grey Bruce will remain closed.

Trustees with the Bluewater board finalized the move at their meeting on Tuesday -- and now the Board is looking for ways to transfer certain aspects of tech programs to regular classrooms.

The Board reviewed suggestions on how to do this from the Ontario Curriculum Classroom Applications and Connections report.

Trustee Kevin Larson says that while you can't replace the hands on experience the centres provided, they can try and offer an alternate approach.

Larson says staff will look at regular classroom applications that will still allow students to fulfill curriculum expectations for programs such as Science and Technology and Media Literacy.

He says they may look to accomplish this through day-to-day activities and special projects, as well as incorporating more web-based learning -- including tutoring.

Larson says they have to ensure the program incorporates 21st century content and technology, offers an authentic learning experience and allows students to explore their interests and career options.

Larson adds the Tech Centres have been designated for dismantling, so existing equipment may be distributed throughout the district to schools equipped to handle it.

The four tech centres in Kincardine, Hepworth, Hanover and Meaford were originally closed last year in order to save 840 thousand dollars.


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