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Patrick F. Healy Middle School Teachers Participated in Mobile Technology Workshop

Disclosure: I was invited as media to this event. 

When Healy Middle School student returns to school in a few weeks, their teachers will be armed with countless new ways to leverage mobile devices to help them learn math and science concepts. On Friday (Aug 2), Healy Middle School teachers took part in a three-day, face-to-face training workshop to help them apply technology to support digital-age learning. They gained insights into the applications and tools they can readily use to interest, engage and help their students improve achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

Patrick F. Healy Middle School Teachers Participate in Mobile Technology Workshop

Patrick F. Healy Middle School Teachers Participate in Mobile Technology Workshop on Aug. 2 to Enhance Students’ Learning in STEM Subjects

Healy Middle School is one of 24 under-served schools across the country selected to help educators more effectively and innovatively use technology to enhance students learning STEM subjects. The Verizon Foundation, which provides funding through grants to ISTE and the participating schools, will increase its funding to $1.6 million to cover all the schools in the program.  More than 12,000 students will benefit from classroom environments that effectively integrate technology and exhibit NETS standards.

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Verizon representatives presenting Dr. Monica Burton, Principal of Patrick J. Healy Middle School, with a $50,000 donation for mobile technology education.

“It is an honor and privilege to receive this Verizon grant of $50,000,” said Dr. Monica D. Burton.” Over this two year period, our teachers are going to receive intensive training on mobile learning which will enhance the student learning process by making the classroom more interactive. I’m looking forward to continuing this partnership with Verizon, going to training and being a part of additional virtual leaning opportunities.”

Students will use their devices to collaborate with their classmates, create videos that show their understandings (or misunderstandings) of concepts, and document the scientific and mathematical world outside their classroom doors.

The teachers are optimistic about the potential of the mobile device. They believe the iPad will help not only the student but it will also be of  great value to their whole family.

Faythe Allen, 6th grade math teacher at Healy Middle School, shares how she's benfinting from the mobile technoloy workshop

Faythe Allen, 6th grade math teacher at Healy Middle School, shares how she’s benefiting from the mobile technology workshop

“As you know, kids love their cell phones, their tablets and all of their digital-age technology. Actually, they’re better with these devices than we all are, so i know that our new tools will keep their attention and keep them engaged,” says Faythe Allen. “Additionally, as we help ourselves to learn through our virtual training from Verizon, we will be able to turn knowledge around and pass it on to our students.”

Photo Courtesy: Anthony Alvarez, Verizon Wireless

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  1. Sharon

    August 8, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I think this wonderful. All schools should incorporate more technology into the classroom in this day and time. At my teenager’s school, the students all have an iPad and it’s definitely a plus. With everything being so geared toward technology, all schools should mover toward more technology.

    • Dr. Monica D. Burton

      August 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      We are excited and ready to go!! As you know, students are so digital while some of us are quite analog. It’s time to allow learning to go to another level with mobile learning. This initiative will assist us in continuing our efforts to decrease the digital divide while also increasing student engagement. MDB

  2. daisy

    August 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    This is awesome that they gave so much money to an important cause. The computing field needs to be better about engaging people of all genders and races. It will make the world a better place to have people from more diverse backgrounds contributing to diversity. I read a good book about this – Unlocking the Clubhouse. I’m so happy that Verizon is helping to make a difference to some awesome students!

  3. Vincent Stallings

    August 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Congratulation to Dr. Burton and the entire Healy team. I wish you all the best in integrating technology into your program.


    • G. Greene

      August 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      In this digital age, integrating more technology has positive expectations for student success.
      Diversity can be Powerful!!! ” Each student has special abilities!
      “The highest stake of all is our ability to help children realize their full potential.”
      ______ Samuel J. Meisels

  4. Margaret E. Daddis

    August 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    When I see companies such as Verizon and Target supporting the education of our students, it gives me a proud feeling to be their customer. It tells me that they care and are making a difference in how their customers view their company. One strategy to take a company from good to great! I look forward to measuring the increase in student engagement and achievement. Thank you, Verizon!

  5. E. Levine-Dixon

    August 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

    We’re livng in an age of such progressive, Innovative Technology! Thank you Verizon for helping us increase our awareness and expertise in digital – age learning. Our students will benefit directly because of the training received. This will definitely give our students a platform to compete in our global society.

  6. Abigail Shaw

    September 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I am particularly excited to be a part of this revolutionary change. Digital-age mobile learning incorporated within the classroom is exceptionally great. Looking forward to the realization of the VILS goals: increase student engagement, increase student achievement and of course increase teacher and student proficiency with technology 🙂

  7. Katie

    September 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    it’s amazing how far technology has come since we were in school!

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