Students become the teachers at ‘Digital Saturday’ technology open house

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2017

GUELPH, Ontario – Back by popular demand, the Upper Grand District School Board will be hosting Digital Saturday in Fergus this month.

On March 25, parents and guardians are invited to the board’s technology open house at J.D. Hogarth Public School.

Over the last few years, there has been exponential growth in the use of technological tools and resources in Upper Grand schools. Students don’t stop using this technology when they get home, as a good number of these resources are available to them 24/7. The board created Digital Saturdays as a way for parents to learn more about the technology their children are using daily.

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Parents can meet with Special Education staff to learn more about how the board supports all students. They will also discover the rich online digital resource available to children from home and at school.

Digital Saturday is an opportunity to explore and learn about:

  • New technologies in the classroom like Chromebooks, UGCloud
  • Assistive technologies to support all learners including Kurzweil and Read&Write for Google
  • Robotics, coding and virtual reality in the classroom demonstrations
  • Online digital resources for assisting student learning such as UGCloud and Homework Help

The format of the event has evolved over the years, starting as formal presentations where experts showed parents and guardians how the technology works. Now, Digital Saturday is an open house with students as the experts, giving presentations and demonstrations.


  • DATE: March 25, 2017
  • TIME: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
  • LOCATION: J.D. Hogarth Public School, 360 Belsyde Ave. E, Fergus

Learn more about technology in Upper Grand classrooms at


For more information:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725

Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.764