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Langley’s schools not equal in technology

A report on two public forums to discuss the future direction of  the Langley school system expresses concern about a lack of “adequate technology” at some schools.

“Access to technology varies from site to site and the equality of access was noted as a concern by a few of the attendees,” said the report by assistant school superintendent Suzanne Hoffman.

The two forums, in March and October, drew about 150 people, including teachers, support staff, parents students and administrators,

Then-board of education chair Rob McFarlane called the forums “very, very successful.”

“I was quite impressed,” McFarlane said.

The Hoffman report said participants recognized “that in Langley schools there are exceptional practices and outstanding staff working diligently to meet the needs of all students” adding the participants “valued the opportunity to engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue.”

The report said the recommendations from the forums mostly agree with the direction provincial Education Minister George Abbott outlined in October of this year when the province unveiled a five-point plan that calls for personalized teaching, “quality” learning, more flexibility, “high standards” and “learning empowered by technology.”

According to some participants, the last principle, using technology like the internet to aid learning, needs some work because not all schools have the same level of equipment.

The Hoffman report suggests the school district align its plans with the provincial government, and make sure school facilities can accommodate the new technologies.

It also recommends holding more public forums.

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