The 2017 school year is presenting many new challenges for students and schools alike. At the top of the list is the challenges that come with the new Supreme Court Ruling. In some cases, afterschool spaces, music rooms, and computer labs, have been converted into classrooms. Another big challenge is the changes to BC Curriculum where more coding and computational thinking are required. Ensuring teachers have access to the tools needed to support their students is key.
What is cyberbullying?
According to the RCMP, Cyberbullying involves the use of communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites, websites, email, text messaging and instant messaging to repeatedly intimidate or harass others. It can involve the sharing of photos without consent, sending mean or threatening messages, pretending to be someone by using their name, and/or sharing personal or embarrassing information about another person.
1 in 5 Canadian Teens have witnessed online bullying. (Source)
Cyberbullying differs from traditional bullying because due to the role of technology in our lives, it can follow a victim everywhere.
BC Tech Partners with TELUS to Launch Internet for Good Pilot to Support 18,000 British Columbian Families
TELUS Internet for Good is a new initiative to provide low-cost, high speed internet to low-income Canadian families. This initiative is posed to drive systemic change in education and employment outcomes for disadvantaged youth and their parents, model a scalable, market-driven initiative to address concerns with broadband affordability and adoption, and enable Canadian youth to compete in the knowledge economy.
TELUS cites that 44% of Canadians with an income under $30,000 do not have internet service and claimed that the lack of a computer is one of the main barriers keeping them from obtaining internet access. Therefore, BC Tech has an important role to play in providing low-cost computers for this initiative, and helping to eliminate this barrier for low-income families. Through this exciting new partnership, BC Tech expects to double our distribution of computers throughout BC.
In the coming weeks, approximately 18,000 single-parent families currently receiving assistance from the province will receive a coupon code in the mail. The code will allow them to activate TELUS' offer of Internet service for $9.95 a month. This innovative pilot program is entirely funded by TELUS and comes at no cost to the government or to taxpayers.
Statistics show that 1 in 5 Canadians do not have access to the internet. We hope to change this and to close the digital divide in BC with the help of our generous donors and hardworking staff.
BC Technology for Learning Society has hit its 648 computer goal for the #WelcomeRefugees initiative since November 2015. The initiative was announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, who outlined the role Computers for Schools has had to deliver 7,500 computers across Canada. Thanks to funding provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada through Computers for Success Canada, BC Technology for Learning Society is pleased to be able to provide free refurbished computers to Syrian Families landing in BC until December 31st 2016, on a first come first served basis. This is a targeted initiative specific to Syrian families, and one that compliments the expanded mandate to support to all new Canadians. This is part of a larger national effort to aid our new friends, neighbors, and community members by providing them with the resources necessary to start anew here in Canada.
BC Tech is working directly with settlement agencies across the province to deliver these computers in a timely manner, and is providing support with a one year limited parts and labour depot warranty from the date the computer is received by the family. Each computer comes loaded with a Windows Operating System, Microsoft Office Suite and skill development software. The support of MOSAIC , the Immigrant Services Society of BC, and other resettlement agencies assist with the transfer of equipment, while the role of BC Tech is to facilitate access to the tools that encourage contribution and participation in the digital economy. BC Tech will continue to support additional Syrian families and other new Canadians thanks to ongoing funding from the Government of Canada.
We recently sat down with Samantha Falk to share some information about BC Tech and discuss our recent milestone! Take a look at the video below to hear about our success thus far and how you can help technology get into the hands of those who need it.
BC Tech has been refurbishing donated computers since 1994 and distributes them to schools, non-profits, and Aboriginal communities across BC through the Computers for Schools program, and this month we reached our 150,000 refurbished computer milestone!
BC Tech’s reuse program extends the life of computers by as much as 100% by refurbishing and transferring used computer equipment to new homes. This 150,000 computer milestone illustrates BC Tech’s success thus far and inspires us to continue supporting students and educators across the province, as well as continue to keep usable computers out of BC landfills!
A new initiative announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains in March 2016 outlines the role Computers for Schools will have within the #WelcomeRefugees initiative to deliver 7,500 computers across Canada. This is a targeted initiative specific to Syrian families, and one that compliments the expanded mandate to support to all new Canadians.
BC Tech has a bright future ahead with many opportunities to expand its reach and continue to help Canadians gain access to computer technology in the years to come. With the continued support and donations of BC residents, BC Tech looks forward to continuing to make technology accessible for all Canadians and to bridge the digital divide. Help us reach the next 150,000 by donating your old computer today!
Want to learn more about BC Tech's milestone? Watch our Global interview with Samantha Falk and read about us in the Burnaby Now.
City of Burnaby's Environmental Star Award 2016
Since 1996, the City of Burnaby’s Environmental Awards Program has celebrated individuals, organizations and businesses who contribute their time and effort to advancing environmental sustainability and protecting and enhancing the natural environment in Burnaby. This year, BC Tech won an Environmental Star Award in the category of Business Stewardship, for refurbishing used computers as part of the Computers for Schools Program and for implementing environmental sustainability initiatives as part of their business operations.
RCBC's MOBI Environmental Innovation Award 2016
Each year the Recycling Council of B.C. recognizes the valuable contribution that individuals and organizations make towards the preservation and protection of British Columbia's environment. This year, we were honored to receive the Innovation Award, given to an individual or company that achieves an outstanding technical accomplishment in design or development of a product or process that improves its sustainability or advances zero waste practices.
Is your school or non-profit in need of new tech equipment? Is it finally time to get rid of those clunky desktops that are older than you are? Well, you're in luck! BC Tech is having a summer sale beginning June 15st to August 31st. Select quality refurbished desktop computers will be on sale for $10-75 each, complete with a minimum of 160GB hard drive and 4GB ram. Visit our marketplace to see what computers are available. Happy shopping!
The changing of seasons brings new life, and what better way to celebrate than with the purchase of a refurbished computer? BC Tech will be having a summer sale beginning June 15 to August 31, 2016 for schools and non-profits. Keep your eyes peeled for more details coming soon and be sure to take a look at our marketplace to see what's available!