Via The Globe & Mail
Bill Belsey has never known teaching without a little help from technology.
Thirty years ago, he and his wife were fresh out of teachers’ college when they landed at Eskimo Point, now in Nunavut, to start their careers. They had some salary advanced, but instead of stocking up on supplies or paying down student loans, they bought a Texas Instruments TI-99 to teach with – one of the first computers in the Arctic.
Now, students in Grades 5 to 8 from his rural school at the foot of the Rocky Mountains have no trouble using technology to delve into troves of information.
“We have kids coming into our schools now who have more knowledge about certain content areas than their teachers do,” he says.