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Sam Sharpe Teachers' College gets 250 digital tablets

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Sam Sharpe Teachers' College in Montego Bay on Wednesday received 250 digital tablets to aid its teacher-training programme, which forms part of the Ministry of Education's pilot distribution of tablets in schools to usher in digital learning for students.

The distribution exercise, which was done as a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, was conducted as part of the e-Learning Jamaica Project.

Senior lecturer at the college, Michelle McFarlane, who was one of the coordinators for the distribution of the tablets to the students, said that the recipients included students from the college's second- and third-year group and one batch of students from the first-year group.

FORWARD STEP

Dr Asburn Pinnock, principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, lauded the distribution as a forward step in integrating education with the digital era.

"It's a new day for us, and I think that, being that the primary and high schools are getting the tablets and we train teachers to teach in those schools, it is only fitting that we be part of this process. Therefore, a lobby was made for that to happen, and we are pleased that the Government has heeded our call, and so we are able now to train our students to become technology savvy so they can go and interact with the 'digital children' out there," Dr Pinnock said.