Charter School Receives $20,000 Grant for Mobile Technology
The Widener Partnership Charter School is going mobile thanks to a $20,000 grant from
the TD Charitable Foundation for the school’s Developing 21st Century Learners through
Mobile Technology Project.
The school will use the grant to purchase iPads, a MacBook Pro, software, and a charging cart to enhance the use of mobile technology in the classroom with the goal of strengthening science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning.
"The Widener Partnership Charter School has been fortunate to have had many successes since its inception in 2006," said Widener University President James T. Harris III. "This particular gift will be of enormous help to the school in strengthening and expanding its focus on technology. We are very grateful for the continued support of the TD Charitable Foundation in helping the school make a difference in the city of Chester."
According to the report, IT Opportunities in the Education Market, release by CompTIA, a non-profit association for the information technology industry, 78 percent of K-12 teachers and administrators believe technology has positively impacted the classroom and the productivity of students. Sixty-five percent of educators surveyed for the study also believe that students are more productive today than they were three years ago due to the increased reliance on technology in the classroom.
Dr. Paula Silver, chairperson of the charter school's Board of Trustees, said the grant is the latest development in the school's growing focus on STEM learning. In April 2012, the school received a $1 million grant from PECO/Exelon Foundation to fund STEM education.
"To prepare our students for the increased focus on STEM education, we need to ensure that they are skilled users of multiple forms of technology," Silver said. "Mobile technology is the future for many STEM educational applications and has the potential to be seamlessly integrated with our curriculum."
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university's website, www.widener.edu, for more information.