Beanfield x TDSB: Closing the Digital Divide

Digital literacy is more important than it’s ever been. Kids need access to tech to prepare them for an increasingly technological world, and at Beanfield, we get it. We’re on a mission to build more connected communities and that’s the basis for our partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

In 2022, access to technology is no longer a luxury – it’s a necessity. That’s why TDSB is going above and beyond what’s funded by the Ministry of Education and ensuring that the next generation has all the tools they need for success through their Technology Access for All program.

We’re here to support. Beanfield and TDSB have partnered up to provide easier access to technology and Internet to promote digital literacy among youth in the GTA. Here’s a little background on why that’s a big deal:

In a recent survey, TDSB found that more than 5,000 students reported insufficient Internet access at home. With the advent of online learning, the pandemic, and increasing pressure to submit assignments electronically, this creates a major barrier to learning for too many TDSB students.

The Internet is an ongoing, monthly expense, out of reach for many families. Although Beanfield may not be able to service many of them on our own network, we still believe in providing much necessary support for them to get connected. Through our partnership with TDSB on this initiative, we are helping to bring access to more students than ever. And that’s not all- Beanfield is connecting schools across the area with high-speed fibre Internet, to make sure students are connected in and out of the classroom.

Additionally, this year, the TDSB launched a 1:1 student device program for students in Grades 5 and 9. Essentially, the program supplies students with a chromebook, owned and operated by the district, that gives them 24/7 access to online learning and the Internet.

The initiative provides essential experience with technology, supporting a more engaging learning experience across the schoolboard, and promoting equity by bringing tech access to the underserved.

One WiFi enabled Chromebook with Google license for one student over the course of four years costs $450- A fee that Beanfielders are now helping to cover with their personal donations.

iPads in the Early Years:

From an early age, today’s students are digital natives. Integrating IPads in Kindergarten to third grade classrooms allows for better technological literacy going forward. Educators are able to promote engagement among students and capture their attention by using this technology as a means of education.

Between Beanfield and its employees, we’re making big changes in welcoming the next generation into the digital age. We cherish momentum here, and starting kids off on the right foot will make all the difference in their journey toward success. We’re grateful to have a community focused on progress and equity, which seeks to make the world a better place. With Beanfield and TDSB working together, there’s nothing we can’t do!

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