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Wi-Fi to be installed in all Lester B. Pearson schools

The Lester B. Pearson School Board will spend $1.4 million to install Wi-Fi in its 59 schools.

The expenditure, which will include the installation of more than 2,000 wireless Internet access points throughout all elementary and high school buildings, is one of the largest technology initiatives in the board’s 15-year history.

“The objective is to have one Wi-Fi access point per classroom that will deliver high-density Wi-Fi in support of curriculum activities for our students and teachers,” François Dupuis, the board’s director of Information Technologies, said in a statement issued June 27.

“We all agree that mobility technology has become prevalent in the classroom as well as in our professional and personal activities,” Dupuis said. “And the LBPSB has decided to invest in leveraging this technology for the best interests of our students.”

The installation should take six to eight months to complete.

More to follow.

7 comments

  1. $700 per access point, or almost $24,000 per school, to install WiFi? Am I missing something, or should I have bid on this contract?

  2. Brilliant, now the students will be chatting and playing with their smart phones instead of paying attention in class. Just what students needed, another distraction. With the upbringing that some of these kids get at home, they’ll tell their teachers to f….-off when they are told to put down their phones.

  3. I think their grades will go DOWN.
    They’ll be TEXTING each other NON-stop and they won’t PAY ATTENTION to the teacher!

  4. Whether people like it or not, mobile communications is here to stay and is the future in the classroom and in the real world. Shouldn’t education reflect the real world anyways? As for texting, they can and do so already without Wi-Fi through their mobility plans. As for students not paying attention to the teacher, humbug. A teacher incorporating technology into his/her lesson plans will be much more effective and interesting for students who themselves are already tuned into the net and wireless world. The days of chalk, blackboard and a little outdated video are gone and passé. Teachers have to embrace the newer way of teaching and many of them already are.

  5. The radiofrequency/microwaves used by these devices were classified as a “Possible Human Carcinogen” by the WHO in 2011 already. We seem to have learnt nothing from the asbestos and smoking debacles that demonstated how it takes decades of exposure followed by decades of scientific evidence before authorities take real action to protect human health in the face of strong industry profits. When it comes to schools there should be strong precautionary policies in place to protect children, not this kind of mandated exposure to ‘possible’ harm. The Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe called for wired internet connections in schools, and so have the Russians: http://international-emf-alliance.org/images/pdf/RussCNIRP%20WiFi%2019-06-12.pdf

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