The distribution of tablet computers to students under the Tablets in Schools Pilot Project (TISPP) is now in high gear with hundreds of students having received their devices over the last three weeks.
Four companies are currently supplying tablets to teachers and students under the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Pilot Project, following their signing of contracts with e-Learning Jamaica Company Ltd in March this year.
Parents, guardians and students must sign an agreement in the form of a Pledge to take responsibility for their tablet computers before they are issued to students. The pledge agreements were developed after extensive consultation with stakeholders including information technology developers and suppliers, security advisors; the school community including teachers, principals and chairmen; and the Ministry of Education among others.
A competition to create a mascot design for the e-Learning Tablets in Schools (TIS) Pilot Project concluded in May this year with 57 entries received from students in 30 educational institutions. Akeem Bignott of the Caribbean Maritime Institute produced the winning design, with second and third places going to Shena McLean of Northern Caribbean University and Mekeda Duffus of Immaculate Conception High School respectively.