Watertown Schools Receive Gifts of iPads to be Used in Elementary School Classes

The iPads will be used in the elementary schools in a program to test how they can be used in the classroom.

The Watertown Education Foundation donated a set of iPads to be used in Watertown elementary schools. This was just one donations accepted by the School Committee last week.

The iPads, worth $4,198, will be used in elementary school classrooms. Teachers must make a proposal to use the tablets, said Assistant Superintendent Darilyn Donovan.

"Teachers with a real desire to incorporate (the iPads) into teaching will have the opportunity to use them," Donovan said. "Teachers put together a proposal for what they are looking for as outcomes and will collect data (to measure the outcome)."

Other students in the Watertown Public Schools district already use iPads in class. At Watertown High School some teachers have been participating in a pilot program for technology use in the classroom.

The School Committee accepted other gifts at the Jan. 7 meeting:

  • United Electric Controls Co. donated $1,500 to the Watertown High School Robotics Team to become a team sponsor
  • The Watertown Autism Family Support Group donated an iPad and other equipment for the Early Steps Pre School


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