SB Q3: 20 Questions for Langley School Board candidates

 

Shelley Coburn (City) – I support the use of technology as I would any tool, not to replace the critical thinking skills that children need to be equipped with but to enhance their ability to be resourceful, capable and autonomous learners. The task of resisting technology as the answer and seeing it as a tool will become increasingly challenging with the trend being to inject our schools with more and more technology as if somehow this the only answer to the question how to best prepare our children for the future. Again, technology is a tool and not the savior of public education.

Pamala-Rose Combs (Township) – Yes, whether we “old fogies” want to admit it or not, technology is the future, kids need to learn with it.  They should still learn the basics because sometimes technology fails and we should be able to count change without a calculator.

 Megan Dykeman (Township) – Yes. I support any type of technology that facilitates the education of our students, I do not believe that technology is a replacement for teachers, and quality instruction; technology is simply a tool.

Suzanne Perreault (Township) – Yes I do. Personalized learning cannot happen if staff and students alike are not equipped with immediate access to the world around them; these are real world skills that each student must have. The ability to use technology allows us to go cross curricula, which embodies the 21st Century Learning model. Technology is a supporting tool for teachers to lead students into understanding how to do research & development, enabling them to build projects and explore the world. If there is to be an enhanced learning experience we need to teach students to create technology not just use it. We can do this by looking at the applicable skills students can be learning to enter into the workforce; skills such as:  Programing (and measuring it as an actual Language to be credited for); Web Development; Project Management, etc. We are seeing a large gap of females in these areas within industry and must look increasing that platform for girls by providing opportunity to build into their skills and confidence so they are equipped to compete competently in these industries as they enter the workforce. After all is said and done, we ultimately need to ensure that the tools and approaches we use mirror the learning outcomes.

Rod Ross (Township) – Yes. Did you know the School Board gave 650 MacBook Pro’s to its teachers this last month? I do not know any district in the province that has done anything like that! The more we can get teachers excited about learning…it will rub off on the students. Happy teachers = Happy students.

 

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