Baie-Comeau, September 13, 2010 - The Commission scolaire de l'Estuaire and the Cargill company are pleased to formalize a historic partnership project that will provide schools in the Manicouagan Peninsula and Baie-Comeau with 30 interactive whiteboards, a recent technology that represents a major asset for the success and perseverance of students.
It is within the framework of the fiftieth anniversary of the association between Cargill and the Baie-Comoise community, which will also be celebrated in a big way this Friday, September 10, 2010, that Cargill ltée and the Cargill Foundation have decided to carry out a major project. a scale that would benefit the youth of the region, this succession of tomorrow.
A joint investment
Valued at approximately 225,000 $ divided equally between Cagrill and the Commission scolaire de l'Estuaire, this innovative partnership project is divided into three phases, namely the acquisition of interactive whiteboards and portable computers to facilitate the proper operation, their installation and a component that will consist of training teachers to maximize the use of tables and their impact on student success. The project will therefore provide all elementary and secondary schools located on the territory of Ragueneau at the eastern end of Baie-Comeau with interactive boards according to a distribution estimated at approximately one board per group of 112 students. Depending on the wishes of school administrators and school teams, some establishments will receive fixed boards and others mobile boards.
A plus for student success
Described as a device designed to make educational presentations and demonstrations, the interactive whiteboard, which succeeds the traditional blackboard, allows, according to several stakeholders involved in academic success and perseverance, to increase motivation and thirst for to learn from students while allowing their curiosity to be quickly satisfied. It is also a plus for the success of boys.
“At a time when computers are an integral part of children's lives, the interactive whiteboard is a teaching method adapted to this reality that makes tangible and tactile what was not before. The possibility for the student to touch an object makes the learning more real and more concrete. Access to a network for exchanging and sharing strategies on the interactive whiteboard from various educational sites also makes it possible to add value to teaching, ”explains the president of the Commission scolaire de l'Estuaire, Ms. Ginette Côté, who would like to warmly thank the executives of the Cargill company and the Company Foundation for their participation in this extraordinary project.
The table also makes it easier to consult Internet sites, images linked to a theme discussed in class or the presentation of instructions for a work. It also facilitates the pooling of work and allows the insertion of photographs, digital acetates or the presentation of a PowerPoint document, it allows to annotate, highlight, circle and record the work of the students and these are just a few examples of the infinite possibilities of this state-of-the-art educational tool.
A first phase of the implementation of the project is already underway while eleven tables will soon be distributed at the rate of one per establishment, with the exception of a few schools which will receive their tables during the second phase which will finalize the distribution. of 30 tables by the end of October. The IT services team then set itself the goal of having all panels installed and operational by the end of 2010.
Currently, the schools of the Commission scolaire de l'Estuaire have around thirty interactive whiteboards, including 26 in the Haute-Côte-Nord sector where the funds of the CLD and the Pacte de la ruralité as well as other community partners have contributed to equipping schools with this avant-garde technology.