by Pam Zubeck
A growing number of school children in the Pikes Peak region are getting the latest technology, thanks to Neumann Systems Group's recently formed Neumann Education Foundation.
NSG is the company that's installing pollution control equipment on Drake Power Plant downtown under a contract with Colorado Springs Utilities.
In a resolution signed by superintendents of 13 school districts, those districts endorse and support the foundation's goal to deliver iPads to 51,000 children in the region.
Here's the resolution:
“NEF is proud to partner with parents at Peyton Elementary to place iPads into the hands of first and second graders. Forming partnerships with parents or businesses is how we envision this program working in every elementary school in El Paso County. Peyton teachers, administrators and parents stepped up the challenge of matching our NEF contribution and first and second grade students are benefiting from that cooperation,” said Dave Neumann, founder of Neumann Education Foundation.
“We are very pleased to be a part of this program and we are looking forward to the positive impact this technology will bring to our classrooms and students. We are very appreciative of the support PEP provides to our school in providing the matching funds necessary for this partnership with the Neumann Education Foundation,” said Christy Graham, Principal of Peyton Elementary.
NEF’s five-year goal is to provide iPads or comparable technology with appropriate grade level applications software to every elementary school classroom and every elementary-age child and their teacher in El Paso County. In addition to providing hardware and software, the Neumann Education Foundation will fund instructional programs, teacher training, scholarships, and technology upgrades via direct contributions and matching contributions from parents, businesses and like-minded organizations.
For more information about getting iPads at your elementary school in El Paso County please contact Patrick Davis with the Neumann Education Foundation at 719-536-9809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neumann already had participated in a pilot project at Bear Creek Elementary in Lewis-Palmer District 38 that showed first-graders who use iPads in the classroom are more fully engaged in learning process.
“We believe we are on the leading edge of a revolution in education that accelerates learning," Neumann Systems Group owner David Neumann says in a news release. "This technology, when inserted into the classroom properly, provides an incredible force multiplier for teachers, reducing classroom administration tasks and allowing teachers to teach more.”