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Digital textbooks will be monitored to ensure student's safety

- Digital textbooks launched; Will improve students' academic performance says Education Minister
November 15th, 2017 | Tags: Myron V. Walywn digital textbook technology VIDE
Myron V. Walwyn, Minister for Education and Culture (left) being presented with the first digital textbook at the official launch by Ms Laren Welch, Information and Communication Technology Unit (centre) and a representative from FortunaPix (right) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Photo: VINO
The new digital textbook, Virgin Islands Digital Education (VIDE) which will be provided for grades 7 and 8. Photo: VINO
The new digital textbook, Virgin Islands Digital Education (VIDE) which will be provided for grades 7 and 8. Photo: VINO
Scores of parent and students attended the launch of the new digital textbook VIDE. Photo: VINO
Scores of parent and students attended the launch of the new digital textbook VIDE. Photo: VINO
Parents registering for their children's new digital textbook yesterday Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Photo: VINO
Parents registering for their children's new digital textbook yesterday Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Photo: VINO
Deanaidia Greenaway, grade 7 student of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) is happy to receive her new digital textbook VIDE. Photo: Provided
Deanaidia Greenaway, grade 7 student of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) is happy to receive her new digital textbook VIDE. Photo: Provided
BAUGHER’S BAY, Tortola, VI - Scores of parents and students from the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) gathered at the New Testament Church of God Worship Centre in Baugher’s Bay on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to learn about the new digital textbook Virgin Islands Digital Education (VIDE), where all grade 7 and 8 students will have access to a plethora of subject areas.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) who was in attendance said, “The digital textbooks have come at a time when the continuity of education is critically important to the youth. As I believe that learning and knowledge should be at the fingertips of the students so that they can engage in the classroom experience anywhere at any time. These are the futuristic steps that we must take if we want to make BVI stronger.”

Meanwhile, Honourable Myron V. Walywn (AL), Minister of Education and Culture, referred to the students as “digital natives”, while adding that the new educational system will improve academic performance.

“The children in our education system are undoubtedly digital natives. A digital native is a person born or brought up during the age of digital technology and so they are very familiar with the computer and the internet from a very early age,” adding that if the internet goes down the children behave as if the “world is coming to an end” which was followed by an outburst of laughter from the audience.

He further stated that the education system must go in the technological direction in order to prepare the Virgin Islands (VI) students for life after schooling.

“This is what they know and this is how the world operates. Our students today learn differently than those of yesteryear and we cannot allow the antiquated ways of disseminating information in the classroom to disadvantage our young people that require creative teaching methods. Today we are proud to launch the device,” expressed Hon Walywn.

About VIDE

Grades 7 and 8 students will have access to subjects such as Mathematics, English, Spanish, Social Student, Religious Education, Science and Physical Education, where the curriculum was created by teachers at the Elmore Stoutt High School.

According to Dr Lavon Chalwell-Brewley, Deputy Chief Education Officer, the overall cost of the device is $199, but parents are required to pay a subsidized annual fee of $125 at the beginning of the school year, noting that the device will be returned when the school year has come to an end.

Parents and students are responsible for the care of the device, but if the device is damaged beyond repair or stolen, the parents will have to pay the full cost of $199 to replace it.

However, if the device was accidentally damaged such as broken screen or missing keys, the parent will be charged a repair cost depending on what type of damages occured, while if it has a manufacturer defect, the Ministry will repair or replace the digital textbook.

Safety and Security

The digital textbook will be monitored with the help of FortunaPix, the Department of Information Technology and the Ministry of Education’s ICT unit.

Ms Lauren Welch of the Information and Communication Technology Unit stated that each device comes with a number that is specifically assigned to each student.

Furthermore, she revealed that the device can be used offline and is not dependent on the use of the internet, while adding that no student can access other websites unless authorised by a teacher.

Ms Welch disclosed that her department can monitor everything that each student does on the device and this is done in order to ensure the safety of the student.

5 Responses to “Digital textbooks will be monitored to ensure student's safety”

  • auditor (15/11/2017, 17:14) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    there must be some fishingness in this..he don't push anything unless its something in it for them
    • @ auditor (15/11/2017, 22:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      It is time to stop the madness and approach education on a bipartisan basis.
  • edu (15/11/2017, 18:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good story vino. VIDE will make learning in the BVI easy.
    • teacher john (15/11/2017, 22:09) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      The most important thing that people in power seem to never understand is that you can stretch the rubber only so far. It is eventually going to break and that day when the masses revolt is not too far off in future. When that day comes, each one of the people complicit in these unBVI actions will be handed over swift justice.
  • .. (15/11/2017, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    She loves the cameras


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