May 5th-8th 2015, Niagara, Ontario – RCT partners with DSBN and Brainspace at the 2015 CONNECT Conference
Renewed Computer Technology and the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) worked in partnership with a start-up company in Waterloo called Brainspace Magazine to engage students to produce technologically enhanced projects at the 2015 CONNECT conference. Groups of students from four schools within the DSBN were challenged with a fun and innovative augmented reality collaboration project which explored the topic of ‘Innovations in Space Exploration’.
Each group of students produced an interactive video of their project that was then digitally coded and came to life through a mobile device app by hovering a phone/tablet over the printed display of their project. By showcasing their projects at the event and interacting with conference attendees, students involved had what a participating school’s principal could only describe as a school culture changing experience.
As a celebration of the experience, one student was chosen from each school by their teachers and administration to receive a laptop from RCT as part of the RCTech OUTREACH Program for low income individuals and families.
Princess Elizabeth PS CONNECT participant receives laptop through RCTech Outreach
RCT works closely on a number of initiatives with the DSBN who co-hosts the annual CONNECT conference in Niagara Falls Ontario, and has leveraged this connection to deliver computers to the four participating schools including Riverview PS, Princess Elizabeth PS, E.I McCulley PS, and Westdale PS through the RCTech OUTREACH program.
In the 2015/2016 school year RCT will support these schools by delivering affordable computers and laptops to students and families in low-income situations.
The OUTREACH program allows students and low-income learners to apply for computers and receive a refurbished desktop for just $60 or a laptop for $150 that is equipped with Microsoft Office Pro and Windows 7.
RCT looks forward to continue empowering learners with technology they need, and helping close the digital divide across the province.
CONNECT is Canada’s largest education technology conference that connects organization’s across sectors of education, non-profit, government, and corporate to share best practices and expand horizons of education technology in an ever increasing global and digital economy. In 2015 the event attracted over 1600 participants, and countless Exhibitors and Sponsors that helped make it such a success.
For more information on RCT’s Outreach Program, please visit: rcto.ca/outreach
For more information on CONNECT, please visit: http://www.canconnected.com
For more information on Brainspace, please visit: http://www.brainspacemagazine.com