Esquimalt teacher encouraging technology use in classroom

For Trevor MacKenzie, the use of technology in schools has become a powerful tool to help them boost their self-confidence

For Trevor MacKenzie, the use of technology in schools has become a powerful tool to help students boost their self-confidence in the classroom and personalize their education.

MacKenzie is an English teacher at Esquimalt High School and was part of a pilot project in the district three years ago to introduce the iPad cart.

The cart includes 30 iPads, which is loaded with two-dozen educational apps, a MacBook and an Apple TV and allows students to access the device and share what they’re working on with fellow classmates.

It began in MacKenzie’s classroom, but now he takes a more collaborative approach and teachers can book the cart and MacKenzie will come in and co-teach for all grades and disciplines.

He has seen first-hand the benefits of technology in the classroom.

“My experience has been that students have genuine fear of standing up in class and doing a presentation. Some of the apps allow you to record your voice and publish something to our class YouTube channel,” MacKenzie said. “Students feel like they’re not at risk of being made fun of.”

Colin Roberts, principal at Esquimalt High School, said MacKenzie’s ability to introduce technology into the curriculum has helped students connect with topics they’re passionate about.