Pohnpei Catholic School takes learning to a new level with Internet Society grant
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- Published: Sunday, 10 April 2016 13:54
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This past school year, Pohnpei Catholic School installed a new Wi-Fi network that covers the entire PCS campus and added 28 tablet computers and IT equipment to bring the internet into the classroom and open the door for teachers to use technology to teach PCS students what the internet is and how it can be useful for their studies. The Internet Society’s Community Grants Programme assisted with providing funding for the purchase of the equipment and volunteers from the school’s PTA helped install the wiring for the Wi-Fi network. Everyday students use the tablet computers for classroom activities and all grade levels at the school, K-5 through 8th grade participate in the learning experience.
The goal of this project was to increase the number of students at PCS who know what the internet is and become proficient users of it. The project has been a huge success according to PCS first grade teacher Ms. Emily Hagen, who was the school-based point person to oversee use of the IT equipment. In summary of the project, Ms. Hagen said, “Being able to teach students what the internet is and how to use it safely at a young age is so important. Our students now know how to use the internet for research, projects, and what fun educational websites they can visit. The resources PCS has been able to purchase with this grant have helped improve student learning outcomes and made us a globally connected school.”