StudentLink and StudentLink Canada Ltd. (formerly StudentLink
StudentLink Ontario was formed in January of 2000 as a result of the success of
StudentLink, an Internet menu system created to help
Ontario elementary school children.
the Internet was made accessible to Ontario classrooms it became apparent that
students and some teachers would have difficulty
locating valid web sites that pertain to Ontario curriculum in a timely manner.
Younger students had difficulty typing in long web addresses, while older
students tended to “wander” to recreational web sites.
Teachers, already pressed for time, found it difficult to prepare lessons and
activities that included Internet use and supported Ministry
problem was addressed initially by a group of twelve teachers upgrading their
computer literacy credentials through the Queen’s
University Faculty of Education Summer Program (1997). Under the supervision of
course director Jim Finan, the group produced StudentLink 1…a short group of
websites arranged by school division and freely distributed.
the completion of the course, the success of SL1, and with the arrival of the
then new Ministry curriculum documents, Mr. Finan began harvesting websites for
all subjects, strands, and grade levels based on the new curriculum. That task
took three years.
the task of gathering, evaluating, and categorizing
the sites continued, it became apparent that the
database would have to continually be monitored and
updated. Mr. Finan employed Ontario teachers on a contract basis to assist in
the maintenance and growth of StudentLink 2.
May of 2000, StudentLink 2 made its debut at the Ontario Educational Computing
Conference. In June of 2000, eight school boards
purchased SL2 for use in their schools. Currently, StudentLink is licensed to
thirty-five school boards in Ontario and more than five
hundred copies of StudentLink have been licensed to individual schools using the
Ontario curriculum including the Maple Leaf International School in Trinidad and
the Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls in
the United Arab Emirates.
StudentLink team audits and updates the StudentLink menu system on a monthly basis.
Teachers from across the province assist in the on-going development of StudentLink
by suggesting new links and creating shareable “SL
Walkthroughs”, lessons based on particular classroom themes.
These are purchased and posted on
the StudentLink Canada web site, and made freely
available to all teachers.
August of 2001, StudentLink Ontario became incorporated. Ontario product name
was shortened from StudentLink 2 to simply StudentLink.
In May of
2004, StudentLink Canada: Alberta Edition was introduced at the ATAAC Conference
in Jasper. This rendition features over 10,000 links based on the Alberta
Ministry of Education curriculum documents Grades 1 through 9. Currently six
Alberta school boards have purchased StudentLink for their classrooms.
In June of
2005, StudentLink Ontario Ltd. was granted national incorporation as StudentLink
In September of 2010 StudentLink Canada Ltd. introduced StudentLink: Maritimes
Edition to the Atlantic Provinces.
Our goal is to integrate the Internet as an effective learning tool in Ontario
and Alberta classrooms. Using hypertext markup language, the syntax of the
Internet itself, StudentLink Canada Ltd. and its affiliated educators will
strive to bring success-oriented, student-centered, curriculum-based web sites
to Ontario, Alberta, and Atlantic Provinces students.
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