December 19, 2014  

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DuBard School Uses $33,000 Walmart Grant to Purchase iPads for Students

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DuBard School student Blake Livingston, of Jones County, uses an iPad to reinforce math skills. (Submitted photo)

The Walmart Foundation recently awarded the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi a $33,000 grant to purchase new technology for the classrooms. DuBard School used the grant to buy 30 iPads.

DuBard teachers and therapists use the iPads in the classroom to reinforce language, speech and academic skills and to keep students interested in learning. Various “Apps” are used to boost abilities and encourage innovative practice in math, science, English, speech, language, reading and other areas. Students can use the iPads with earbuds or headphones for individual work.

“The Walmart Foundation understands the importance of using advanced technologies to enhance education,” said Dr. Maureen Martin, school director. “The students love to use the iPads and, therefore, they love to learn. Watching a child enjoy learning and improve their skills is priceless.”

The DuBard School, a clinic division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, serves children with severe communication disorders including the written language disorders of dyslexia. The school also trains university students and professionals from across the country in theDuBard Association Method®, a multisensory teaching-learning strategy.

For more information about the DuBard School for Language Disorders, call 601.266.5223 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/dubard