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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 17, 2014 – While students at Edinburgh  Elementary School in Montreal West study history this year, they will have the latest technology in their hands via the recording of podcasts. Work will highlight different historical venues in Montreal West and neighbouring  Côte Saint-Luc.

The school introduced the initiative during Media Literacy Week. Its official theme this year was Youth and Social Networking: Creative, connected and collaborative, encouraging  teachers and parents to work with young people to promote the wide range of activities they use daily on social platforms.

With the help of teachers Pina Trengia and Jean-Michel Brunet, along with Commissioner Joseph Lalla and Pedagogical Consultant Kish Gue, the Cycle 3 students will visit different historical places in each city and create podcasts highlighting the importance of each venue. The goal of the project is to allow students to appreciate their surroundings, as well as give other indvidiuals the opportunity to do the same.

Once completed, Mayor Beny Masella of Montreal West has indicated that QR codes to the podcasts will be placed in strategic areas to ensure visitors can appreciate them as well. Visitors will be able to scan the QR code on their smartphone and be immediately linked to the podcast.

Edinburgh Principal Sonia Marotta hopes to introduce more podcasting this year. Broadcaster Zack Rath will soon visit the school to mentor students.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213