School Today, a project that encourages the effective use of information
and communications technology in elementary schools, is expanding.
A news conference was held Oct. 4 at the pioneering institution,
St. Dorothys School in St. Michel, to announce that the project
has expanded to include Parkdale School in St. Laurent, Coronation School
in Côte des Neiges, and Honoré Mercier School in St. Leonard.
All are in the English Montreal School Board. This year, the team hopes
to include high schools in the Board.
The project was undertaken in 1996 by the Centre for the Study of Learning
and Performance, based in Concordias Department of Education. It
is underwritten by Norshield Financial Group, which gave $100,000 over
five years for the development of teachers skills in integrating
technology into their teaching, plus another $30,000 so far for expansion.
Rector Frederick Lowy represented the university at the news conference,
which concluded with a demonstration by St. Dorothys students of
their computer skills.
The CSLP, which recently received two Valorisation recherché
de Québec grants, is also involved in a $9-million research
project led by the Baltimore-based Success for All Foundation. That project
involves developing new technological tools to enhance a literacy program
used in some 2,000 schools, mostly in high-poverty areas in the United