by Jessica Ciampa
A $16,000 grant from the Education Fund of Westfield provided WHS with mobile iPad labs this year.
The grant was in honor of Ms. Darielle Walsh, the co-president and founder of the fund.
WHS Library Media Specialist Ms. Nancy Latimer wrote the grant specifically for a mobile lab of 20 iPads to remain permanently in the Humanities classrooms.
According to Latimer, there are two other mobile iPad labs purchased by the Westfield School District which are used throughout the building upon request by a teacher.
In Humanities Teacher Ms. Jill Spring’s classes, students are assigned an iPad and are instructed to get them each day before class.
“Kids use [the iPads] everyday to take notes and to complete smaller assignments,” she said.
Students also use apps such as Evernote, which allows them to take notes in class that are always accessible online.
The Education Fund raises money for grants in a variety of ways, including clothing drives, a “Rock 4 Schools” concert, wine tastings and more, according to Co-President of the Education Fund Ms. Amy Seid.
Said Spring: “[The iPads] are helping students become more individual learners.”