CANADA’S GOVERNMENT HAS announced it is planning to offer a number of online learning technologies in schools.

    The announcement comes as education advocates say it is crucial to boost digital learning.

    Education Minister David Eggen said the government will work with schools to develop a digital curriculum that is flexible, easy to navigate, and provides learning tools to all students.

    “We will work closely with schools and teachers to design a digital learning strategy that ensures all learners are given access to the tools that are essential for learning,” Eggen told reporters Thursday in Ottawa.

    “That will include online learning, eLearning, interactive learning and the ability to create customized learning experiences for students.”

    Eggs announcement comes after the Harper government announced plans to make eLearning a mandatory feature for all schools in 2018.

    “I think it is absolutely critical to make sure that we have the resources that we need to support our students,” Eggin said.

    “And that means we will work in collaboration with schools, schools partners, schools departments, to find the best way to make the most of the information that is available to us.”

    Eggen’s announcement comes in the wake of a survey by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that found that only two per cent of Canadian parents think online learning is essential.

    “If you are a parent, I think you are also looking for ways to make your child learn online, or you are in a teaching role, and you are concerned about online learning and you have a child in the classroom, and that there is some concern about online content,” said Michael Leblanc, director of the centre’s Ontario education and technology project.

    “The answer is there are a lot of good tools out there that help with all aspects of learning, but I think it’s a very good idea to be very careful and make sure you have access to all the tools you need.”

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