Goretti freshmen to get iPads thanks to Knott grant

July 01, 2012

St. Maria Goretti High School announced that the school was awarded a grant from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation.

The grant of $28,000 will make it possible for Goretti to establish and implement an iPad Classroom Initiative.

Each incoming freshman for the 2012-13 school year will receive an iPad, which they will use in several core freshmen classes, including U.S. history, religion and physical science.

The iPad classroom will be a pilot program at the school with a long-term vision of each student at the school having an iPad over the next four years.

Owen Knott, board president of the Knott Foundation, expressed the organization’s excitement for the formation of the iPad program at Goretti.

“By implementing an iPad initiative, St. Maria Goretti High School is at the precipice of a larger trend in education where handheld devices are used to enhance students’ education and simultaneously build their technology proficiency, which is essential in today’s digital world,” Knott said. 

‘We were pleased to support St. Maria Goretti’s pilot iPad initiative for freshmen students and look forward to seeing how the program unfolds, including its impact on student learning and cost efficiencies.”

The program will enhance the use of technology in the classroom as teachers are already using the school’s SMART boards to provide visual, interactive lessons that help students grasp and take ownership of the subject matter.

The purpose of the program is also to reduce textbook costs for families through the use of e-textbook applications that are a fraction of the cost of hardbacks.

The project will also support the goals of Goretti’s facilities plan, which is to create a “greener,” more environmentally conscious campus. Through use of the new iPads, more students will be able to take notes digitally and further reduce the use of paper.

Founded in 1977, the Knott Foundation is a Catholic family foundation committed to honoring its founders’ legacy of generosity to strengthen the community within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. 

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St. Maria Goretti is a college preparatory, coeducational, Catholic school on Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown.

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