/R E P E A T -- Best Buy Canada Releases New Report Card on Technology In The Classroom: Students Still Disadvantaged By Lack of Access to Latest Technology/



    
    Best Buy for Kids - Best in Class Fund Brings New Technology and
    Innovation to Canadian Schools
    

    BURNABY, BC, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Best Buy Canada, today released its Report
Card on Technology in Canada's Classrooms. The report card found that
two-thirds of Canadian teachers surveyed believe students are being
handicapped for the future by not giving them access to the latest technology.
    Best Buy Canada will contribute $300,000 in technology grants to schools
in Canada through its Best in Class Fund program in 2009. The survey found
that nearly all respondents believe that it is important for students to have
the latest technology in order to thrive and succeed in today's world, which
underscores the importance of the Best in Class program.

    The Best Buy Canada Report Card on Technology in Canada's Classrooms, a
national survey of 674 Canadian teachers, conducted by Leger Marketing, showed
that:

    
    -   One-third of teachers surveyed indicated that schools lag behind in
        providing the best access to new technology to students
    -   More than half of the respondents (61 per cent) believe that students
        have the best access to the latest technology at home
    -   Nearly three-quarters of teachers (74 per cent) agree that having the
        latest technology in the classroom would foster creativity
    -   More than half of Canadian teachers use technology as part of their
        daily curriculum
    -   Despite the perceived importance of technology in the classroom, as
        many as one in five Canadian teachers report that they infrequently
        use technology in their classroom
    

    More interestingly, teachers agree that there are learning benefits for
students to having technology in the classroom. More than 80 per cent of
respondents agreed that having the latest technology in the classroom would
make students more interested in learning at school. Moreover, 87 per cent of
respondents agreed that having the latest technology in the classroom would
create more engaging lessons for students.
    According to the survey, nearly all teachers agree that having the latest
technology in the classroom would bridge the divide between students who have
technology at home and those who do not. Identifying communities and schools
who lack access to technology is the first step to the success of the Best in
Class Fund.
    The Best in Class program invites students and teachers to develop
proposals on why they want to integrate technology into the classroom and how
it will help further learning. The top 15 submissions will each receive
$20,000 technology funding grants so that the students can see their proposals
come to life and how their schools can benefit from access to new technologies
in the classroom. In addition, the most compelling proposal this year will be
awarded an additional $10,000 in the latest HP technology for its school.
    The Best in Class program is open to grades 7 - 12 in middle schools and
high schools. Schools in BC, AB, MB, SK, ON, and NS are eligible to apply. One
submission is allowed per school and must be submitted electronically to:
bestinclass@bestbuycanada.ca between Thursday, September 10 and Friday,
October 16, 2009. More information about the Best in Class Fund is available
at www.bestbuy.ca/bicf.
    The Best in Class Fund established a Technology Advisory Board to help
shape the programs it supports and to help judge proposals from schools.
Members include: new media journalist and strategist Amber Mac, educational
technology teacher Julia Leong, and tech journalist, futurist and computer
literacy advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Andy Walker.
    In 2009, Best Buy will contribute 1.35 per cent of its profit to
charitable organizations that are focused on youth in Canada.

    About the Survey:

    From July 6 to July 19, 2009, Leger Marketing conducted an online survey
among 674 respondents randomly selected Canadian adults who are Leger
Marketing panelists. The interviews were completed with Canadian teachers from
primary to college and university level. This method simulates a probability
sample which would yield a maximum margin of error of +/-3.8%, 19 times out of
20.

    About Best Buy Canada

    Best Buy Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc.
(NYSE:  BBY) is Canada's fastest-growing retailer and e-tailer of consumer
electronics, personal computers and entertainment products. Best Buy currently
operates 58 stores across Canada, offering consumers the latest technology and
entertainment products, at guaranteed lowest prices, in a no-pressure
(non-commissioned) sales environment. Best Buy also operates the Geek Squad,
which provides expert in-store and in-home product support and installation,
and Best Buy Mobile, which provides consumers a unique and unparalleled "walk
out working" mobile-phone shopping experience.
    Best Buy Canada is committed to kids and their local communities and has
a comprehensive community relations program described at
www.BestBuy.ca/community.
    For more information about Best Buy Canada, including store locations,
visit www.bestbuy.ca or follow Best Buy on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/BBYCanada.





For further information:

For further information: Sarah Penz, Best Buy Canada, (604) 412-1024,
spenz@bestbuycanada.ca; Danielle Jang, Best Buy Canada, (604) 412-1880,
danjang@bestbuycanada.ca


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