It was good to see Saskatchewan in the list of provinces/territories that were identified as broadband leaders (others included the Yukon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia). However, I still see basic problems in the ‘connectivity agenda’ that seems to assume that hardware dropping and Internet connections equate to better/improved learning. Additionally, the paper identifies increased technology implementation costs as one of the biggest issues in faced by school administrators.
I know a report like this is a measurement tool, and not meant to identify possibly solutions to the maladies of our schools. However, I still can’t get why there isn’t a bigger push for open source software/open content in schools. What is it going to take to get more individuals aware of the cost-savings (to say the least) of introducing open tools and content into our school systems?