- Support Technology School Clubs (aka new Robotics or Maker programs)
- Prepare grant applications and research
- Collaborate with neighbouring schools to learn best practices and successes
- Create a cohesive and comprehensive technology plan
- Make a tax deductible donation to McGregor Wired by writing a cheque to TDSB – RH McGregor noting it is for the “Wired” campaign. Drop it off at the school office. Cheques in excess of $25 will receive a tax deductible receipt from the Board.
- Support our Gift card Fundraiser
Another way to support the campaign is to have your children attend movie nights and participate in other Mcgregor community events.
Common Questions and Answers about McGregor Wired
Q: What is McGregor Wired?A: McGregor Wired is a targeted technology fundraising campaign aimed at improving technology use at R.H. McGregor. The fundraising campaign supports the school’s information technology improvement plan and is fully aligned with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) action plan on technology. Our goal is to enable access to technology at the school that will transform the way students learn and help prepare them for how they’ll use technology in the future.
Q: Why won’t the TDSB pay for new technology in the school?
A: The TDSB does help purchase some technology, but it is not enough. The TDSB supports over 600 schools and there is just not enough funding to go around. To help grow technology access at R.H. McGregor we need to raise the bulk of funds ourselves and we need to engage with faculty around how technology is used to teach students.
Q: What is the TDSB perspective on technology in the classroom?
A: Technology is no longer an option; it’s an essential tool for learning. Our students have grown up in a digital world and it’s important that we effectively use technology to engage them in the classroom. The TDSB Information and Communication Technologies Standards and the Director Education Years of Action Framework and Plan both explain how technology is being used for teaching and learning from kindergarten to Grade 12 – see more at tdsb.on.ca.
Q: I want to get involved. What can I do?A: Great, we need your help! We need help with grant writing, advocacy and much more! Email us at McGregorSAC@gmail.com.
Q: I want to learn more about how teachers are integrating computers in the classroom?
The People for Education report Digital Learning in Ontario Schools is an excellent source – see peopleforeducation.ca.
Q: How will the school use the funding they raise?
A: In consultation with the school, we have identified our technology priorities which can be viewed here: Tech Priorities
Q: Is this a priority for the Home and School Association (HSA) and the Student Advisory Council (SAC)?
A: Yes, both the HSA and SAC are committed to supporting McGregor Wired. HSA has several fund raisers underway including pizza lunches, the fall fair and movie nights. Funds raised through those forums support a range of school activities including McGregor Wired.