My name is Clint Lalonde and I live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
I started this site because I have 2 children in the public school system and am concerned that the school system they are in will become a shadow of what it can be if we continue down the road of restricting access to WiFi in schools. I see WiFi not as an nice to have or an extra to enhance education, but rather as an essential utility on par with power and heat. It is a critical component of our educational infrastructure.
I am a strong supporter of the public school system and believe we should all work towards making it the strongest public education system in the world. Increasingly, I see that threatened as anti-wifi activists advocate removing access to the internet from our schools – the one place in our society where access to high quality educational learning material is needed the most.
The purpose of this website is to counter the questionable claims made by anti-wifi activists and illustrate what educators and students lose without access to wifi in schools.
More on who I am
To be as transparent about my biases and background as I can, here are some more details about me and this site that you might find relevant.
- I have a Masters degree in Learning & Technology from Royal Roads University. My Masters thesis was research on how educators use social media as a tool for professional development. You can read a condensed version of my thesis research in this article published by eLearn magazine.
- I have worked in post-secondary education for close to 20 years. My resume includes work in the Learning & Teaching Centre at Camosun College, the Centre for Teaching & Educational Technology at Royal Roads University, and my current employer BCcampus where I am a Client Services Manager. BCcampus is a publicly funded organization (funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education). The purpose of BCcampus is to encourage and promote collaboration among the publicly funded post-secondary institutions in BC.
- I am the Vice-Chair of the Willows Elementary School PAC.
However, it is important to note that the views I express on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my PAC or my current employer. These are my own opinions.
As of November, 2013, comments have been turned off on the site.