Learning in the 21st Century

Posted: September 16, 2010

Schools in New Brunswick are shifting to a learning model being developed by the Department of Education titled NB3-21C. The rational for this shift is clearly illustrated in a short film that can be viewed by following this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjJg9NfTXos. As part of this initiative which involves a good deal more than technology, three District 16 schools have been selected along with 27 other schools throughout the province as early adopter schools and will be implementing an increase in the use of technology, most notably in projects titled 1To1 and Take it Home . Secondary school students enrolled in the early adopter schools will be assigned a netbook computer (a small laptop computer) which they will use through the day and be able to take home with them to continue assignments and collaboration at the end of the school day. Three D16 schools will have the program phased in over the present academic year starting this month with Eleanor W. Graham Middle School. Later this fall Blackville School will begin the program and in January 2011, Gretna Green Elementary will start. Elementary school grades in the program will see an increase in the use of computers for learning but will not have the 1 to 1 ratio nor will the netbooks necessarily be taken home. It is intended that this pilot project will be extended to all New Brunswick schools over a three year period. For more information visit the NB Department of Education web site http://www.gnb.ca/0000/index-e.asp .