Jamaican schools have realized the power of technology and are starting to incorporate technology in classrooms across the nation. In 2011, the government of Jamaica started a nation- wide initiative to place internet in schools. This achieved a long –term goal of the Ministry of Communication & Technology– to introduce ICT tools in all educational institutions in Jamaica. Many schools are currently utilising the power of this technology and it will significantly enhance the learning and the teaching environment that exist.
In addition, as of September 2014, students at 37 schools islandwide will have access to tablet computers, through the 'Tablet in Schools Pilot' project. Under the project, 30,000 tablets will be distributed to students in primary and secondary schools to increase the use of technology, and to optimise learning opportunities within and outside of the formal school system.
“We recognise that we have to expose young people to the technology at an earlier age and we believe the technology will facilitate learning and also provide them with an opportunity to have access to a plethora of material. Right now, libraries are constrained by physical space. Once you have the internet, you can do research on just about anything,” Minister Julian Robinson said.This new rollout technology will help prepare students for the future and will ensure that students, particularly those from lower socio-economic groups, are equipped with the confidence and skills to use the technology.
Even though, as a developing nation, Jamaica continues to experience technological challenges, the government has mandated that students be trained to become innovators rather than mere manipulators of technology and urged teachers to use the technology efficiently, to enhance learning in the classroom.