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Helping Students Learn With Innovative Technology

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Helping Students Learn With Innovative Technology

Ontario Bringing New Learning Tools to Classrooms

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Ontario is helping to make learning more engaging for elementary, high school and postsecondary students by bringing innovative technology from local companies to classrooms across the province.

AdvancingEducation, a partnership between the government and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), matches cutting-edge, Ontario-made technologies with elementary and high schools, as well as postsecondary institutions, to meet the unique needs of their students and classrooms.

The program will support projects that improve learning and wellness outcomes, introduce additional innovative teaching approaches and provide hands-on learning opportunities for students, and will help open up a new market for innovative technology companies in Ontario. Past projects include a game-based approach to motivating children, a multisensory chair for children with autism and a new approach to distance education.

Making learning more engaging for all students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • OCE is currently accepting applications for AdvancingEducation program funding until January 23, 2017.
  • Through the OntarioBuys’ program, the province is contributing $2.7 million in funding towards this initiative.
  • OCE will host an AdvancingEducation Partnering Forum on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Tannery Event Centre, 151 Charles Street West in Kitchener, Ontario.
  • AdvancingEducation is currently supporting projects with Humber College, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Vretta Inc., Brilli Inc., IBM Canada, University of Waterloo, and the University of Guelph.
  • Ontario has nearly 5,000 schools, 120,000 teachers and 2.2 million students, and ranks among the world’s highest-performing school systems.
  • AdvancingEducation complements Ontario’s $150 million technology and learning fund that is helping students – from junior kindergarten to grade 12 – become technologically savvy with tools that supports their learning such as tablets, netbooks, cameras and software.

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“Ontario has one of the highest-performing education systems in the world. We will continue to work with educators and leaders to build on our accomplishments by supporting innovation, transforming our classrooms and giving our students every opportunity to excel and build a prosperous province.”

— Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Government and Consumer Services

“It’s imperative that Ontario’s students engage with technology and develop global competencies like critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Improving access to technology in the classroom will allow students to build on these skills, preparing them to succeed now and in the future.”

— Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

“Ontario’s highly skilled workforce has been a key factor in attracting a number of businesses to invest and create jobs in Ontario, as well as helping Ontario-based companies to be some of the most cutting-edge and innovative in the world. Giving students access to these new technologies will continue to strengthen our best competitive advantage in the global economy: our people.”

— Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Growth

“Engaging Ontario-based companies to help educate our young people is a worthy initiative. It provides our students with leading technologies and a launch pad for companies to grow. This is the kind of program that makes Ontario stand out in a highly competitive global economy.”

— Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

“The AdvancingEducation program brings innovation right into the classroom, delivering real benefits to Ontario’s education system and, most importantly, the students.”

— Dr. Tom Corr

OCE’s President and CEO

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