Bandwidth for education
On the occasion of World Telecommunication Day UTS commits to supporting 8 local schools, offering them high-speed broadband internet through its CaribServe broadband internet service. The schools are 8 local catholic schools on the island and each school will be provided with a 10 Megabyte per second (10MBPS) connection to assist the schools in their aim of educating their many students. With technology playing a bigger role in the classroom than ever before, the need for a robust, high speed connection is more important than ever.
Technology increasingly important in education
“What better occasion than World telecommunication Day and who better than CaribServe to assist these schools in achieving their goal of providing a well-rounded, engaging and interactive educational experience.” says UTS Marketing and Communication Officer, Ivy Lambert. “With the introduction of the Digi-board and other technological learning tools, education has become a much more interactive experience. Even in the earliest stages of education, kids are now learning in a more interactive and visual way. The youngest generation handles technology and devices as if it is second nature to them, so it only makes sense to use technology as a tool in learning as well. I can speak to the added value of technology in the classroom from personal experience as well. Not only does it support learning in the classroom; Apps like ClassDojo allow parents to stay informed of classroom activities, monitor performance, behavior and communicate with the teacher directly during the school-day. Information on homework assignments are also easily disseminated through this app. You have a direct line to your childs’ teacher and vice-versa through your smartphone or computer. That added line of communication and information helps parents continue the learning at home as well.” Lambert continues
UTS’ broader support for education
The 8 schools that will receive the high speed connections are Catholic schools located in different districts of the island, such as Cul De Sac, South Reward, Middle Region, Philipsburg and Simpson Bay which means that children from many households will have the benefit of the increase in internet speed at school. Increased usage on technology also requires a more robust, reliable connection, which is the reason CaribServe will be providing a connection of 10Mbps.
Aside from the 8 new connections, UTS was already providing its technology to support several other schools within the scope of another technology based educational program, which is the Digikidz initiative. This program uses a combination of tablets, digital school boards and other technological learning tools to provide classroom, individual and group-based learning with a strong emphasis on and supported by technology. The program is already up and running at two primary schools on the island and has been deemed a great success by educators and students alike. The program is ongoing at the Hillside Christian School, Asha Stephens Campus and the Seven day Adventist School in Cole Bay. Soon the Hillside Christian School, H. Snijders Campus will also be added to the program and UTS supports all three schools with a high speed, reliable internet connection that is essential for the success of program. “The program is a fully managed IT-environment that depends heavily on a high quality internet connection beyond the basic connection most schools have.” Says UTS eastern Caribbean CEO, Glen A. Carty “The program is very successful in engaging the students and we commend veteran educator, Ms. Jose Sommers and her team of the Foursee Foundation on the hard work and dedication in implementing the program. Our partnership is a recipe for success with more collaborations to come in future!” Carty continues.
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Source: St. Martin News Network
UTS provides high speed internet on Telecommunication Day