Wednesday, 14 March 2012

First Jamaican public secondary school to get e-book platforms

Author: By Chris Patterson, Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Reporter
Title: New e-library Programme to boost Learning at Jamaica College
Date published: Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

The article reports on the launch of EBSCO e-library platform for the Jamaican public secondary school, Jamaica College. The Executive Member, Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association, Stephen Dawkins, describes some of the features of the platform.

Endorsement by the Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites is also reported. Thwaites also admonishes the students about the type of learners that Jamaica needs.

Statements on the integration of technology into learning are also reported from the Vice Principal for the Lower School,  Rohan Wong, and Public Relations Manager at FLOW, Jeanette Lewis. The contributors towards the platform's acquisition are identified, namely the Jamaica College Old Boys Association, and FLOW, as well as other institutions in the island which use EBSCO e-book platforms including the University of the West Indies (UWI), and private schools,  such as the American International School of Kingston (AISK).

Also, a brief background and history is also provided of the school.

With the click of a button, students and teachers at one of the country's oldest secondary institutions, Jamaica College (JC), in Kingston, will have access to hundreds of digital books, photographs, and recordings through their e-library programme.

This means that students will now have the option of visiting the school’s library or using the virtual platform of the Elton B Stephens Company (EBSCO) e-library, which was launched on March 9.

Catering to user needs and preferences at every level of research,  the system can be used to easily move from the catalogue to the particular book, then to a particular chapter.

Jamaica College is the first and only public secondary school in the country to have implemented the EBSCO e-library platform.

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