Almost 500 New Brunswick students are now taking part in the Dedicated Notebook Computer Research Project, Education Minister Madeleine DubÃ© said today.
The minister made the comment while visiting Ã‰cole Le Tremplin in Tracadie-Sheila, one of six schools involved in the project.
“We are very satisfied with the progress of this important study, which is being conducted by researchers at the UniversitÃ© de Moncton and Mount Allison University,” DubÃ© said. “The findings will guide efforts to optimize computer use in New Brunswick schools.”
The aim of the Dedicated Notebook Computer Research Project is to determine to what extent having access to a personal computer supports learning and teaching. The project began last year with 237 Grade 7 students at six schools. This year it is continuing with the same students, now in Grade 8, and with a new group of 262 students in Grade 7 at the same schools.
“Although the research is ongoing, the comments we have received from teachers and students to date are very positive,” DubÃ© said. “Using laptops boosts students’ motivation, and teachers have noticed improvements in the quality of their work and their work methods.”
Besides Ã‰cole Le Tremplin, five other schools are participating in the project: Centre d’apprentissage du Haut-Madawaska in Clair, Ã‰cole Abbey-Landry in Memramcook, Harry Miller Middle School in Rothesay, Grand Manan Community School on Grand Manan, and Nashwaaksis Middle School in Fredericton.
The project is receiving support from several organizations, including Hewlett-Packard Canada, Microsoft Canada, Aliant, Cisco, Group Telecom, and Gtech/Spielo.
“Computers allow fantastic access to information, which is a very important tool for quality learning,” DubÃ© said. “That is the reason we embarked on this research project as part of the Quality Learning Agenda.”