For 5 years, the Ministry of Education of Quebec has paid approximately 30 million $ per year to public schools in the province to promote the acquisition and renewal of their computer park and other technological equipment. The arrival of interactive whiteboards en masse in classrooms is a game-changer. About 50 million $ are planned for technologies!
Investments for the establishment of connected classes for the 2011-2012 school year are significant. First, 16.3 million $ will allow the purchase of 5,438 interactive whiteboards at a cost of 3,000 $ each. Then 7.4 million $ are planned for the purchase of 7400 laptops at a cost of 1000 $ each, including the user license. Finally, 200,000 $ will be dedicated to digital teaching resources. “For this purpose, the ministry may hire school board staff or retain the services of a school board. For subsequent school years, the Department will make significant financial resources available to school boards for the purchase of basic digital teaching material ”, states the version amended in June of the budgetary rules for the years 2009-2010 to 2011-2012.
The equipment will be distributed among the school boards in proportion to the number of students in general youth education. The unused portion of the allowance will be recovered by the Ministry.
For school boards that acquired interactive whiteboards before 1er Last April, compensatory aid of 7.7 million $ is planned and will be spread over the duration of the program. "This assistance will be allocated to enable the school boards concerned to purchase more equipment and to continue developing their computer system for educational purposes", specify the budgetary rules.
As for the usual measure (50670), it has been reduced from 30 million $ to 20 million $ and school boards will now have to prioritize the purchase of refurbished computers when they are available. "The recovery of 10 million $ is used to accelerate the plan to acquire the equipment required for interactive whiteboards and laptops for teachers (measure 50680)", specifies Esther Chouinard, head of press relations at the Ministry of Education.