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90 iPads Coming to Fisher Middle School

Technology purchase possible through Los Gatos Education Foundation grant money and anonymous donation.

Principal Lisa Fraser's request of the to donate $60,000 in grant money to begin implementation of its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program has paid off.

LGEF officials have announced that the school received the requested grant along with an anonymous donation of $160,000 to start the ambitious STEM initiative, which means the program will be implemented in every science classroom in the district.

It also means STEM will begin in one pilot math classroom and one special education classroom, said Dan Snyder, president of the LGEF.

The cornerstone of the STEM initiative is teacher training and 30 iPads with storage carts for each classroom at Fisher, Snyder said.

The LGEF may consider adopting a similar initiative for kindergarten through fifth grade in the , according to foundation officials. 

Mike Calahan July 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I may go ahead and apply to Fisher just so I can use one. That's pretty cool.
Larry Arzie July 06, 2012 at 09:30 PM
There are not enough people letting go of their money. Thanks to anonymous for your good deed. An excellent example to follow.
AR July 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
a generation ago, an initiative called channel one sought to bring TV into the classroom. years later it was an obvious failure. i see this initiative as no more intelligent, regardless of the school or district. what seventh grader does not know how to use an ipad? what are they supposed to learn? programming? nope, the ipad is not a general-purpose computer. math? science? sure, and unlike regular boring old reusable textbooks, ipads have youtube and angry birds. if you're wondering what its all about, don't worry, some of these ipads will end up on ebay, claimed lost by a student. i recommend everyone here read http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/01/03/the-frontier-of-classroom-technology/ by no means is it obvious that introducing new distractions into the classroom is a win. my guess is students will fall behind and teachers will go nuts trying to keep the students from using the ipads as game consoles. one day tablet tech will have a place in the classroom, but only once it is purpose-built for education and not a general-purpose entertainment device
Bob Chrisman July 07, 2012 at 03:28 AM
You go AR. So are we to assume nothing is happening with STEM? Now teachers will be really fired up because they have access to iPads? My guess is the strong teachers bathe their students in STEM activities and the iPads will not be a breakthrough for them. Thanks for the donation "anonymous". Patch, keep looking for education news that is not associated with "whiz bang," just look into the solid teaching that does on everyday at Fischer Middle School.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz July 07, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I think that I-Pads can be a very good tool for learning. No threat to Instructors...
Jesse Ducker July 09, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Good to expose the kids to technology. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with bringing an iPad into the classroom. It' not the tool itself, but how the tool is used. As long as educators use it to its learning potential, I see no problem with it.

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