Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Spot Valley High School and Flow Introduces Integrated Learning Pilot to Boost Performance

In these groups, teachers will introduce new strategies including the use of technology in their day to day curriculum.   The entire process, including students' performance will be monitored and compared to other groups to measure effectiveness.

The presentation of computers, which took place last Thursday, December 1, is a new initiative spearheaded by Flow in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Montego Bay Sunrise and Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Member of Parliament for East Central St. James, provides an opportunity for students to hone their research skills and expand their educational capacity.

Ms. Doreth Chambers, Principal at Spot Valley High School who received the computers, expressed excitement and gratitude for the timely donation.

“The existence of internet and computers in our schools will open a whole range of bright and dynamic opportunities for both our students and our teachers,” she said. “I expect that the students will independently seek knowledge and understand it in new ways and that the teachers will experiment with learning and [as such,] garner better results,” she continued.

Minister Edmund Bartlett who was an integral part of the efforts to complete the e-learning facilities at Spot Valley High School was also on hand to show his support.  “This initiative by Flow to provide internet connection and the appropriate hardware to facilitate e-learning, is a most commendable and far reaching input in our education process.  The Spot Valley High school community which is both fledging and impressionable will be indelibly impacted by this technological input in their development.”

Though just in existence for five-years Spot Valley High boasts several achievements, which include current enrollment of the first group of sixth form students at the institution, the only one of its kind in the area with a sixth, form programme. In recent months, the school has also made significant strides in its performance, excelling in the areas of culture and music.

However, the school was considered for the donation after experiencing some significant challenges with resources for their new e-learning room.

Minister Bartlett also emphasized the use of the new technology as a teaching tool, saying “As Member of Parliament, I am acutely aware of the invaluable support that this gesture means to the students and faculty, as not only will their learning methods be enhanced, but the tools available to the teachers will be sharpened to achieve the quality education the community so richly needs.”

The school is a beneficiary of Flow’s flagship corporate social responsibility programme, Building Leaders Through Technology, which facilitates the installation of complimentary high-speed Internet and educational cable TV throughout schools island-wide. The services are donated to schools free of cost in an effort to aid the teaching and learning process with technology.

Additionally, through a partnership with the Rotary Club of Montego Bay Sunrise earlier, the company was able to ship approximately 500 refurbished computers, in a bid to further enhance the education process for many children and young adults in the area.

Nicole Campbell, Flow’s Public Relations Executive, reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to education during the handing over ceremony, commenting that, “We live in a time where technology plays a key role in every area of our lives. Flow is committed to providing students and teachers with the best learning experience available, with access to advanced technologies.  We are doing our part to ensure that each student has a fair opportunity to achieve their goals and dreams by providing these services, " she said.

About Flow
With just about five years since its entry into Jamaica, Flow has already made an indelible impact on the local telecommunications industry placing Jamaica as a regional industry leader for data connectivity and innovative digital products. With its dynamic triple play of services – digital cable TV, landline phone service and blazing speed Internet, Flow is helping to build a tech savvy, digital, knowledge-based society as Jamaicans forges ahead in keeping apace with the latest global technological trends.

Flow has made a significant commitment to Jamaica, investing over US$250 million to date; in developing human resources, building an island wide all digital infrastructure and enhancing digital education in schools as part of the company’s social development programme.  Jamaica is now the only country in the region with a direct undersea fibre-optic connection to the United States and South America as Flow via its express, direct, network system to Boca in Florida and Cartenhaga in Colombia.  The record investment in the undersea system also provides Jamaica with unprecedented capacity, resiliency, redundancy and reliability for broadband data communications.

Flow is also demonstrating excellence in corporate social responsibility by supporting enhanced learning in schools via free internet and educational cable programmes, mentoring and youth development activities with the Service clubs in communities across Jamaica and investments to athletic developments in Jamaica via a partnership with the JAAA.  Flow is also a major supporter of sports in Jamaica via its title sponsorship of the Flow Champions Cup, the national basketball team and basketball league.  The company also supports the development of local cultural by partnering with various groups including CALABASH and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festivals.

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