When you continue your education, not all teachers tell students a list of materials they need for courses they have registered for the school year. Materials for courses that are taken during the day and/or night are affordable if students do not break any items that belong to the school and they don’t have missing books. However, taking online courses requires students spending a pile of money for electricity, registration fees (depending on the school board), a computer or tablet, and an internet connection.

“The iPad I won will be an aid for my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University!”

The iPad makes online classes accessible. At Ryerson University, full-time and part-time students are required to take courses during the day in person. Ryerson University provides educational tools for students, professors, and teachers’ assistants to improve communication and to help to understand the course. Using the iPad in the university will give me instant access to my courses on  Desire2Learn (D2L) – to see announcements made by the professors and for quick communications between my classmates, professors, and teachers’ assistants.

The iPad has some unique built-in apps that will be useful for the Mathematics program at Ryerson University. It includes a bundle of apps that opened doors I never discovered. The “Measure” app is used for measuring objects by manually connecting one point to another point. This is useful for the beginning of Physics I in first semester because we will be learning kinematics and dynamics and labs for those topics requires measuring distances and displacements. The “iTunes U” app is used for learning subjects from different schools for different levels of education. This app can help me understand some topics from different courses better. This app is Apple’s exclusive version of Khan Academy because Apple users can learn new topics from different institutions that they are not enrolled in. The opened doors will have significance in my undergraduate program.

From left: Michael Papis (RE/MAX Professionals Inc), Samuel Renos (iPad winner) and Alison Canning (Let’s Get Together!).

The Mathematics program at Ryerson University creates a huge list of employment options that not everyone knows nor would imagine such as technology and finance. Since 2014, Toronto has the fastest-growing tech industry in North America and there is a huge demand for Data Scientists (a career that integrates mathematics, statistics, and computer science). Businesses use math to monitor their budgets, financial status, and marketing tactics. Mathematics is an aid that helps sectors to adapt reality that logically makes sense.

I am grateful to Let’s Get Together! for find opportunities to help schools and families in Ward 1 by setting up fundraisers to help them get ready for the upcoming school year.  Thank you to Emiliano and Ana NoFrills for hosting the BBQ fundraiser and to Martin Eckart from Re/Max Professional Inc for donating the iPad. I’m grateful that these services exist in our community. 

Samuel Reano
Kingsview Village – The Westway Youth Resident

Martin Eckert (RE/MAX Professionals Inc) iPad donor.