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Education Department receives grant money for technology

iPads will be purchased to enhance class instruction and student teaching experiences

Matthew Stultz Sep 21, 2018
Randy Durr presents a $5,000 check to Yvonne Weaver.

Waynesburg University’s Department of Education was recently presented a $5,000 grant from the FirstEnergy Foundation. The grant will provide education students with technology assistance in the form of iPads to enhance their class instruction and student teaching experiences.

“We are pleased to support Waynesburg University with this grant to provide our future teachers with the technology they need to excel,” said Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation. “Teachers with greater abilities lead to students with greater capabilities, which meets our goal to help build a stronger economy and workforce for the future, a commitment shared by Waynesburg University.”

This is the second consecutive year Waynesburg has received aid for technology from the FirstEnergy Foundation.

Yvonne Weaver, chair of the Education Department and instructor of education, shared the importance of having current and relevant technology available to education students.

“The use of technology in today’s classrooms will continue to grow, and teachers need to be prepared to integrate it into the curriculum, planning, teaching and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students,” she said.

The availability of iPads will allow students to integrate technology into their curriculum and lesson plans for instruction.

“This is a way to bring the classroom to life for all academic subjects,” added Weaver. “Technology is the application of tools, materials and processes we use to solve problems and provides benefits to all individuals.”

FirstEnergy’s Manager of External Affairs Randy Durr visited campus Sept. 12 to present the $5,000 check to Weaver and the Education Department.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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