Online education leader HotChalk, Inc. delighted students, parents and teachers at Faubion School in Portland, Ore., by donating 150 Apple iPads during the elementary school’s “Read Across America Day” celebration on March 1, 2013. Pre-K through second-grade students paired with their third- through eighth-grade counterparts during a public assembly, using the iPads to read “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.
“3 to PhD” Campaign
The iPads will be used by Faubion students and teachers to improve access to educational technology and other online resources. The donation was made as part of HotChalk’s longstanding partnership with Concordia University – Portland as part of the university’s innovative “3 to PhD” effort, a public/private educational collaboration to support learning beginning at 3 years of age and extending through higher education.
“It is a privilege to support the work of Faubion educators,” said HotChalk President and CEO Edward M. Fields. “Working in education technology, I’ve come to realize this: Teachers matter. No computer will ever gaze into the eyes of a child and unlock the joy of learning that a teacher can.”
Faubion School and Concordia – Portland have been in partnership for the past four years. The university’s College of Education sends student teachers to Faubion, and other Concordia volunteers serve as reading buddies for younger students.
As a designated Title 1 school, Faubion is among the Portland Public Schools campuses that will undergo full rebuilding and modernization during the next few years.
HotChalk plans to continue helping teachers in the classroom by implementing technology to benefit both students and educators, Fields said. More information about the Faubion School donation, HotChalk’s partnership with Concordia University, the latest trends in educational technology and further comments by Fields are available here.
Concordia University is a private, Lutheran, liberal arts university based in Portland, Ore., with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University is Oregon’s fastest-growing university, now serving more than 5,000 students on its campuses and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences, School of Management, and School of Law in Boise, Idaho. Visit www.cu-portland.edu and www.concordialaw.com.