We joined hands with a few organizations, led by our wonderful partner The Daniels Corporation, to support these students during this difficult situation. Rogers Communications donated 20 tablets with data, Beanfield Technologies donated $10,000 to purchase tablets and chromebooks, BestBuy offered deeply discounted devices, and we also made available over a dozen of our own tablets and laptops available for loan to students in and around Regent Park.
However, while eLearning is the new reality for students, it is important to remember that the jury is still out on its effectiveness. The province of Ontario is only requiring a few hours of teacher-based instruction each week. While there are many other eLearning sites students can use to fill the teaching void, those sites have no live instructor to confirm that content is understood, or to answer clarifying questions. Studies say that within three days, kids will forget roughly 40% of what they learned. But, at YEP, we know that by getting kids to teach others the things they’re learning, they’ll better retain that knowledge.