Nunavut hopes to distribute 5,000 laptops and tablets to students by March

Goal is to support learning from home if schools close due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Education Minister David Joanasie says the government has purchased 5,000 digital devices for students, all of which should be distributed by March. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut’s Education Department has distributed more than 1,400 laptops and tablets to Grade 11 and 12 students across the territory to date, with another 980 devices set to go out to Grade 10 students by the end of the month.

The goal, Education Minister David Joanasie told the legislative assembly Monday afternoon, is to have these devices in all Nunavut schools so they can be quickly distributed to students to help support learning from home if a COVID-19 outbreak causes schools to shut.

“As more devices are received, they will be gradually distributed to other grades to support remote learning,” he said.

In Nunavut, schools are shut if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 or community transmission of the virus in a community.

Arviat is the only Nunavut community where schools are closed.

The Nunavut government initially said last fall it was purchasing 3,000 laptops or iPads for Nunavut students, should students need to learn from home on the virtual school platform, Edsby.

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Now Joanasie said his department has purchased a total of 5,000 devices, with the remaining ones expected to be handed out to students in March.

“I recognize the academic and personal challenges that have affected all Nunavummiut throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Joanasie said.

“With the purchase and distribution plan of these digital devices, my department will be able to provide students with additional support for their remote learning should the need arise.”

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(13) Comments:

  1. Posted by watcher on

    I get that it’s a file photo but Pat Netser is no longer in Cabinet…so maybe not the best file photo to choose in this case.

  2. Posted by Edsby? on

    How is Edsby going in Arviat? Good student and parental engagement? In Min of Ed’s statements yesterday the word did not appear once. Just wondering if they use it that’s all

  3. Posted by Face Palm on

    This is going to be a gong show for the ages, I am not celebrating it, I am only certain of it.

  4. Posted by articrick on

    Hope everyone has internet access at home. Did the govt not think of this?

  5. Posted by OG trapper on

    I remember when having a calculator in class was a big deal.

    • Posted by The Old Trapper on

      Texas Instruments with the red number display. No one knew what 3/4 of the buttons did but hey it was a TI calculator and it was so cool at the time!

  6. Posted by Best trapper on

    Curriculum brought to you by Steven Bills and the people of apple

    • Posted by The Old Trapper on

      Steven Jobs?
      Tim Apple?

  7. Posted by Northener on

    Before christmas when inuksuk high school was shut down due to covid the teachers stopped emailing homework because they had used up all their personal home internet data.

    • Posted by Northernertoo on

      Every teacher stopped giving homework? No. Many teachers worked hard during the closure. Don’t paint all teachers with the same brush.

  8. Posted by The Old Trapper on

    Forget laptops, we obviously need more traplines.

  9. Posted by I’m impressed on

    It’s only taken a whole year to get to the point of promising these laptops. Why are people critical of the GN? Jees

  10. Posted by Mike golly on

    Where did they order them from the selections catalog? Less than 5% of households have home Internet, call Elon and ask for a Starlink internet connection then go on eBay and buy everyone in the community a computer.

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