Eighty-five per cent of Canadians believe that students should be introduced to leading edge technology in classrooms according to a national survey conducted by Leger on behalf of Staples Canada.
“Like Canadian parents, we’re absolutely convinced that technology has a permanent place in our classrooms,” says vice president of merchandising for technology products at Staples Canada Mark Shanahan, a statement that supports further findings, which reveal that 65 per cent of parents with high school aged children surveyed indicated they’d be sending their child to school with their own device this Fall. Thirty-one per cent of parents with elementary-aged children surveyed indicated the same intention.
When asked about reasons why they might not be satisfied with technology in the classroom, 32 per cent expressed worries about it not being controlled or structured enough; 28 per cent said schools are not communicating the use of tech in the classroom sufficiently; 26 per cent said it was too costly for them; 26 per cent expressed concerns over issues of security and viruses while only 19 per cent stated concerns over inappropriate use.
Though there are some worries, the vast majority of parents – three in four – expressed satisfaction at the way in which schools are incorporating technology into the classroom.
However, Shanahan says: “The biggest complaint we receive from customers is that it’s very tough to know what products and packages to select for their children.” As such, the retailer partnered with Microsoft to curate a lineup of devices that match the needs of parents and students alike. The A+ School Ready program helps parents and students leverage the power of the latest technology with an assortment of devices that satisfy a variety of student needs.
Devices added to the program include an assortment of laptops for different ages and needs, such as the HP Stream for the student on a budget, with Office 365 included, ASUS VivoBook W202, a durable notebook, ideal for students in Grade 8 and younger and the Microsoft Surface Pro, the ultimate school-ready device for performance and portability. All of which are available at Staples and other retailers. As part of the program customers can also complete a five-question personality test online at staples.ca/schoolready for a chance to win one of 30 prizes.