Student Dashboards

Here you will find a Q and A for parents and guardians regarding student dashboards.

Digital Literacy

What is digital literacy? What are schools in WVS doing to promote digital literacy? What can parents do to help?

Please find below af few resources for parents to assist students in the ethical and effective use of technology at school and at home.

Digital Literacy Newsletter June 2011

Digital Literacy Newsletter February 2011

Wireless Technology Safety – Q & A

The wireless technology used in West Vancouver Schools to support access to 21st century learning in all of our schools and offices meets national and international safety standards.

Please view the Wireless Q and A document below for background information and facts about wireless technology use in West Vancouver Schools:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

WVS has prepared written information in response to Frequently Asked Questions about the District technology plan.


Research to date on the impact of technology upon student learning has been largely focused on the use of specific software applications and on information management. In West Vancouver we are moving towards more web 2.0 based applications through our portal initiative. Although the research in this area is relatively new, there are some early findings:

  • Research is positive towards overall technology impact on achievement
  • Research is strongly positive towards the affective domain (i.e. motivation, engagement)
  • Research is just emerging around web 2.0 and the use of participation platforms. Early findings of web 2.0 indicate a positive impact on both achievement and affective domain
  • Technology should be used in support of educational objectives and goals. Goals should be related to learning, rather than to the tool or application. For example “blogging” is not a goal, but the development of skills of reflection, synthesis, and metacognition would be goal. A ‘wiki’ is not a goal, but the development of collaboration skills would be a goal.

Here are two articles that expand upon the points above:

The Impact of Technology on Education
Web 2.0 Technologies for Learning

Ideas that Interest Us
  • Did You Know? 3.0 for 2008 – Revised Edition Created by Karl Fisch, and modified by Scott McLeod; Globalization & The Information Age.
  • Thinktank on Internet Use by Adults and Teens- Interesting site examining future trends and current uses in technology.This is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. The Project is nonpartisan and takes no position on policy issues.
Curriculum Information

From Kindergarten to Grade 10, the acquisition of information literacy skills and computer skills is identified as a ‘consideration for delivery’ when planning for instruction and learning. This following statement appears in each of the Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) for core subject areas such as Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts and Math.

“Students need to be able to acquire and analyse information, to reason and communicate, to make informed decisions, and to understand and use information and communications technology for a variety of purposes. Development of these skills is important for students in their education, their future careers, and their everyday lives.”
The use of technology is primarily seen as a vehicle for learning across the curriculum rather than an end in itself.

At the secondary level there are also courses which either rely on the availability of technology (i.e. animation, digital photography) or that specifically teach technology skills (i.e. Information Technology 11 and 12). This latter course is for students who wish to explore information technology in greater depth or who plan to pursue this area as a career option.