Helping students move into the future
Charlie Skinner, a former resident of Harbour Breton, recently made a major donation to St. Joseph’s Elementary.
© Clayton Hunt photo
The grade five students at St. Joseph’s with their teacher Mrs. Tanya Hunt displaying the 10 Apple iPad tablet PCs that were donated by former Harbour Breton resident Charlie Skinner.
Skinner, the President and CEO of Enterprise Management Systems Inc., out of Bedford, Nova Scotia donated 10 Apple iPad tablet PCs to the grade five class at St. Joseph’s.
The gift was offered as a memorial to Mr. Skinner’s father, Alexander B. Skinner, on behalf of the Skinner, Snook and White families.
The grade five students, with the assistance of their teacher Tanya Hunt, is already using the iPads to help learn curriculum objectives,
Naomi Perce said, “There are so many educational apps to use on the iPads such as the Smart Notebook math application which helps us learn more about topics such as fractions.
“I’m really looking forward to this new technology,” Ebrar Hoca said. ”In science right now we’re learning how the body works, and these iPads will be able to display diagrams of the various body organs with demonstrations of how they work.
“This technology is so much better than just using a textbook all the time.”
Hunt said, “The 15 students are very willing to share the iPads which is great as they allow students to learn at their own pace. The information they gather on the iPads can be shared on our Smartboad via the Apple TV connection, which helps the students tremendously.
“This technology is going to be a huge advantage for everyone as they help focus students’ attention on the appropriate curriculum apps we will be using throughout the school year.”
Hunt added, “On behalf of St. Joseph’s Elementary, the grade five class, and myself, I would like to express a sincere thank-you to Charlie Skinner for his generous donation. As a class we are extremely thrilled and look forward to all the new learning these iPads will allow.”