Future Shop gifts 20 high schools with Tech Lab grants


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Over $500,000 donated to Canadian high schools through the Future
Generation program

Announcement Highlights:

  • Future Shop, announced today 20 high schools will have access to the
    latest technology through more than $500,000 in grants this year,
    double the amount awarded in 2011.
  • Since the program’s inception, 36 Canadian high schools have received
    tech grants totaling more than $1.3 million.
  • Selected high schools will receive grants from $10,000 to $50,000.

BURNABY, BC, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Future Shop, Canada’s largest
retailer and etailer of consumer electronics, today announced a
record-number of 20 high schools across Canada will be updating their
outdated technology thanks to over $500,000 in donations from the
company’s Future Generation Tech Lab program. More than 160 schools
from coast-to-coast submitted applications for funding in three
categories: $10,000; $25,000; and $50,000. Winning schools were
selected based on the impact new technology would have on improving
program offerings and engaging students. Each school will use the funds
in a different way to provide students with the tools necessary to
excel in their programs and reduce the digital divide within Canadian
high schools.

“Access to working technology is a critical element to students’
learning and development, but not all schools are able to keep their
equipment current. We heard this loud and clear in all the applications
we received whether it was for a simple ask to replace 10 year old
computers or bring in new technology allowing schools to take programs
to the next level,” said Andrea Farnell, Community Relations Manager,
Future Shop. ” Future Shop is excited to see how these schools will use
their grants to inspire, motivate and empower students to do more,
learn more and achieve more in the classroom.”

The following 20 high schools were selected to receive between $10,000
and $50,000
each through the Future Generation Tech Lab program.

British Columbia

  • Delview Secondary (Delta) – The days of students having to share computers in their Media Arts
    program or bring computers from home in order to finish assignments
    will be no more. Delview will use their $25,000 to buy new computers
    giving students the confidence to know they can access a computer to
    work on an assignment at any time during the school day.
  • George M. Dawson Secondary (Masset) – A school on the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii, George M. Dawson
    Secondary struggled to offer students Haida and French language
    programs without headphones, microphones or software on the few
    computers used for oral/aural practice and recording. With their
    $50,000 Future Generation Tech Lab grant, students will have
    unrestricted use of state-of-the-art technology allowing them to become
    accomplished communicators in Haida and French, and assist in
    preserving their community’s native language.

Manitoba

  • St. Boniface Diocesan High School (Winnipeg) – Outdated computers are unable to handle the variety of courses like
    Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Desktop Publishing, Digital Film
    Creation to Interactive Media, without freezing or needing to be
    re-started. Thanks to their $40,000 Future Generation Tech Lab grant,
    technology upgrades in both hardware and software will be possible.

Ontario

  • Brantford Collegiate Institute (Brantford) – Students enrolled in classes in the new Technical Arts program at BCI
    are using pieced together 10 year old computers, previously destined
    for recycling, to do their graphic design, film and video, and
    photography assignments. As one of this year’s winning schools, BCI
    receive $25,000 to purchase new computers capable of running the
    software the school’s Technical Arts program is licensed for.
  • Canterbury High (Ottawa) – Canterbury High School’s music program was missing the link between
    age-old instruments and the modern digital audio technologies. With
    their Future Generation Tech Lab grant of $25,000, music program
    students at Canterbury will be able to bridge the gap and hit the right
    notes with new tablets and applications to further develop their
    musical talents.
  • Catholic Central High (Windsor) – An inner-city school with out-dated computer equipment, Catholic
    Central High struggles to provide its students, many of whom are
    without computers at home, with current technology and computer
    programs. The $10,000 grant from Future Shop will be used to update the
    school’s computer lab with the latest computers, monitors, printers and
    software.
  • Don Mills Collegiate (North York) – Don Mills Collegiate offers Gifted, Cyber Arts, and Developmentally
    Disabled programs to serve a high-achieving academic school serving an
    academically, ethnically, and economically diverse student population.
    As a selected school, two classes of Developmentally Disabled students
    will benefit from $15,000 worth of new technology to help them
    communicate and express themselves better, interact with their peers
    and educators, improve their academic comprehension and enhance their
    overall independent daily functioning skills.
  • John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (Toronto) – John Polanyi Collegiate’s aging computers lab for business classes
    will receive an upgraded in $25,0000 worth of new computers, a
    projector and sound system. These upgrades will allow the school to
    enhance their course offerings by introducing Marketing and
    Entrepreneurship studies.
  • Kipling Collegiate Institute (Etobicoke) – Running a business program for students with computers over seven years
    old and an eclectic collection of monitors almost twice as old, Kipling
    Collegiate Institute is unable to operate current and essential
    software that the school is licensed to use. Thanks to their Future
    Generation Tech Lab grant of $25,000, students will now be able to
    develop their keen interest in courses from Computer Animation to
    Programming using the latest computers and software like Photoshop,
    Dreamweaver, and Simply Accounting.
  • Malvern Collegiate Institute (Toronto) -Obsolete computers cause frustration for both staff and students at
    Malvern CI. The school has a number of IT initiatives but is unable to
    provide the right tools for instruction and learning. Malvern will take
    their $25,000 grant and purchase a new set of computers to support
    innovative programs in media arts, science, communications and
    technology.
  • Mountain Secondary (Hamilton) -Every student enrolled at Mountain Secondary has an individualized
    educational plan designed to help each one overcome their barriers to
    learningThe $25,000 Future Generation Tech Lab grant will enable the
    school to build this lab allowing students to become involved in
    learning by motivating them through interactive multimedia and engaging
    software applications to gain fundamental skills other students may
    take for granted.
  • Nimiki Migizi Secondary (Longlac) – A small Aboriginal school filled with students who are passionate
    about technology, Nimiki Migizi Secondary recently started their first
    computer image editing course and is excited to expand their popular
    course offerings. Nimiki Migizi will put their $10,000 grant to great
    use purchasing the technology needed to offer courses in video editing,
    web development and computer animation.
  • Woodbridge College (Woodbridge) – Broken computers forcing students at Woodbridge College to share with
    completing assignments encouraged poor quality work and tardiness.
    Using their $10,000 Tech Lab grant, the school will purchase new
    computers, a projector and Smart Board to instantly boost productivity
    and classroom morale.

Quebec

  • Centre éducatif St-Aubin (Baie-St-Paul) – Students and teachers at Centre éducatif St-Aubinare eager to expand
    their arts, cultural and community curriculum programs by updating
    their dated technology. The school will use their Future Generation
    Tech Lab grant of $25,000 to purchase new computers fast enough to run
    programs needed for media arts projects, new math programs,
    humanitarian projects and digital science experiments
  • Ulluriaq School (Kangiqsualujjuaq) – Many of the students in this northern Quebec school have learning
    challenges including trouble with vision, hearing, memorization and
    learning new languages. Thanks to a Future Generation Tech Lab grant of
    $10,000, the school’s largest room will be renovated and become a
    technology lab for students with special needs. The new Tech Lab will
    foster a more constructive learning environment for students, equipping
    them with valuable life skills to apply in their lives outside the
    village.

New Brunswick

  • Fredericton High (Fredericton) – Offering an incredibly diverse music program for students from Grade
    9 to Grade 12, Fredericton High School strives to provide students with
    the opportunity to develop a higher level of musicianship,. The Future
    Generation Tech Lab grant of $10,000 will allow the school to add
    technology to classes bringing music education to the next level.
  • Oromocto High (Oromocto) – Oromocto High School offers a unique Tech Support program for students
    interested in learning skills to become computer technicians and gain
    employment in IT Support roles, which was being taught on out-of-date
    computers, hampering students’ learning potential. The funds from their
    $50,000 Future Generation Tech Lab Grant will enable Oromocto HS to
    build a proper Tech Lab for these students allowing them to also gain
    co-op skills as they offer IT support for their fellow classmates and
    teachers.

Newfoundland

  • Holy Heart High (St. John’s) – With a third of the student body enrolled in a language classes, Holy
    Heart High School was desperate to update the technology in their
    language laboratory from a 30-position audiocassette lab based on 1980s
    technology. The school will use its $50,000 grant to turn the dated
    language classroom into a modern digital language laboratory.
  • Menihek High (Laborador) – Menihek High students have flourished provincially and nationally with
    their Fine Arts programs despite having sub-standard equipment such as
    refurbished computers, inexpensive video and still cameras, and plenty
    of computer crashes. The Future Generation Tech Lab grant of $25,000
    will provide students with the newest, fastest computers and instil
    confidence their projects will be safe until completed.

Prince Edward Island

  • Queen Charlotte (Charlottetown) – Working with outdated, second-hand technology, Queen Charlotte students
    faced the challenges of maintaining their enthusiasm when it came to
    the Technology Arts program. Thanks to their Future Generation Tech Lab
    Grant of $25,000, they will be able to purchase new computers, tablets
    and cameras y that will create an exciting environment for students
    taking  courses in video editing, web page design, graphic design,
    computer programming and animation.

For more information, visit www.futureshop.ca/techlab.

About Future Shop
With 149 stores across the country and the nation’s premier web store (www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada’s largest retailer and
e-tailer of consumer electronics. The company employs more than 10,000
technology enthusiasts, has enabled its website, Futureshop.ca, to
deliver unparalleled content about the products it sells. Futureshop.ca
also hosts an online community forum and tech blog called Tech Yeah for
technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews,
tips and other consumer electronics information (www.futureshop.ca/techyeah). As a proud corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to
recycle used electronics and is committed to employee volunteerism and
supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to transforming local
youth into Future Leaders (see www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration).

SOURCE Future Shop

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