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OCDSB Information Technology (IT) Plan
Enabling a Culture of Access and Mobility

Research reports published over the past 24 months confirm what we are seeing and experiencing in our society: that a new technology landscape has emerged where people can access computing almost anywhere, anytime, and on many kinds of devices. This outcome is of great interest to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board given its commitment to engage and empower student learning in a wide range of program environments and to enable employees in our workplace setting.

It is important for us to recognize that technology plays a significant and rapidly changing role in the business and learning of our school district. On the learning side, technology has an increased impact on classroom practices and on our ability to further engage students through the development of rich learning tasks which emphasize collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. On the business side, technology is critical to the delivery of services, the management of information and improves our capacity to enhance our risk management culture.

Our District's Strategic Plan provides us with a clear direction for engaging the full potential of our school district to support student achievement and well-being. Our Plan also recognizes a focus on digital learning, as well as innovation and leadership surrounding our corporate business functions hosted on our IT network, as factors that support the district's focus on teaching and learning. One of the objectives for our District is to have a fully mobile and user-accessible technology environment by 2017.

Have a comment or question about our District's IT Plan? Do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

OCDSB Wireless Technologies Statement

The safety and well-being of our students and employees is a priority for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). In response to public discussions about the safety of wireless technology in schools, we've examined the issue in more detail.

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health has stated that "…wireless communications systems do not pose a public health risk", a finding concurrent with that of the World Health Organization, Industry Canada and Health Canada. We continue to defer to the judgement of these officials and agencies when assessing our approach to the use of wireless networks in our school and office environments.

The OCDSB has Wi-Fi technology in all of our schools and administrative buildings. All equipment purchased by the OCDSB meets current Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers and Department of Communications specifications and, Health Canada's Safety Code 6 standards.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will continue to monitor its approach for the use of learning and business technologies given the guidance and direction provided by the relevant federal and provincial agencies.

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