The South Shore Regional School Board "Brilliant Lab" is located within the Viking Commons at Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School.
In the spring of 2015, the Nova Scotia Government subscribed to a $400 000 project that would see one makerspace created in each of the provinces school boards. Partnering with Brilliant Labs out of New Brunswick, the government has provided our school, Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High, with a large variety of technologies, arts and craft supplies, and household products; all for the use of students within the designated makerspace.
The tradition laden Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School library is slowly transforming itself into a “learning commons” environment complete with technology, makerspace materials, print resources and support from myself, the South Shore Regional School Board Technology Teacher-Leader.
Great news for teachers who have chaffed at not being able to utilize Google Apps for Education such as Google Drive, Gmail, and Google forms! At the summer ICT institute, the Nova Scotia Department of Education announced the roll out of Google Apps for Education tools to the school boards. Each school board will be responsible for what tools are to be permissible for teachers to use. It is expected that some school boards may wish to have pilot schools for the first year but that would be a school board decisiion. The reason for this change in policy was a year long privacy impact asse