MONTREAL, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. and Lester B.
Pearson School Board (LBPSB) today announced an agreement that will have
100 four-year-old students learning on HP Mini-Note PCs in the classroom.
LBPSB, an English school board covering the territory from Verdun in
south-central Montreal to the Ontario border, plans to offer the small-form HP
2133 Mini-Note Notebook PCs in up to five schools in the board's jurisdiction
and at the International Language Centre in Pointe-Claire.
"Studies have proven that early education can help to improve a student's
chances at a better academic life in later years," said Marcus Tabachnick,
chairman, Lester B. Pearson School Board. "With the introduction of HP
notebooks to this age group, we are further enhancing the children's
development by offering them the technologies that will be standard learning
tools in later grades. We are giving these students a jump start on learning."
Early education benefits students
LBPSB was the first school board in Quebec to provide the "Kindergarten
for four-year-olds" program in a series of schools across its territory and
has been offering the curriculum since the fall of 2007 but the HP technology
offering is new this year. Parents can opt for their children to participate
in the program in the following ways.
- Half-day sessions with English and French curriculum in the morning
- Full-day sessions with English and French curriculum in the morning
and Mandarin studies in the afternoon.
- Full-day sessions with English and French curriculum in the morning
and Italian studies in the afternoon.
The Mandarin and Italian studies are operated in conjunction with
community partners at LBPSB's International Language Centre.
Technology tailored for students
While students learn in a variety of ways, students who learn to
communicate effectively with multimedia not only learn how to use tools, but
how to better and more creatively approach a project, understand their
audience and problem solve.
"Creative tools such as the HP Mini-Note PC help keep students engaged in
learning and allow them to acquire and develop skills they need for the
future," said Derek Merilees, national marketing manager, Education, HP
Canada. "With the HP Mini-Note, students participating in Lester B. Pearson's
'Kindergarten for four-year-olds' program will have the opportunity to use
technology to create new ideas, make discoveries and build their knowledge
like never before."
Weighing slightly more than two and one-half pounds,(1) the HP Mini-Note
is smaller and lighter than many math or science books and is packed with a
combination of features to boost productivity and improve the overall mobile
and learning experience, including:
- HP 3D DriveGuard, which sends a signal to shut down the hard drive
upon sudden movement or shock by using a three-axis digital
- Scratch-resistant display and magnesium hinge bracket.
- A large, 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA display, user-friendly full QWERTY
keyboard and touchpad.
- Ability to view video, capture still images, and participate in web
conferencing or video-enhanced instant messaging(2) with no
additional hardware to buy or carry.
- Two battery solutions - three-cell for lightest-weight configurations
or optional six-cell for longer battery life.
- Wireless technologies such as integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN and
optional Bluetooth(R), allowing students to access the Internet as
well as communicate via email, IM, chat, VoIP and blogging. The
wireless technologies also enable connections at hotspots as well as
with Bluetooth devices such as printers, mice and headsets.(3)
Registration is open
Registration for the "Kindergarten for four-year-olds" program is open to
local area residents. The schools offering the program include Orchard
Elementary, Thorndale Elementary, Mount Pleasant Elementary, Greendale
Elementary and Bishop Whelan Elementary. The program is also being offered in
the International Language Centre in Pointe-Claire. Further information on the
program is available at http://www2.lbpsb.qc.ca/eng/main.asp. Further
information on the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is available at www.hp.ca/mini-note.
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