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FDSH receives Qwest Foundation grant

$8,500 will ‘further instruction’ of computer programming class

June 6, 2010
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer

Fort Dodge Senior High is one of five schools in Iowa selected to receive a Qwest Foundation grant for technology.

Max Phillips, president of Qwest, and Megan Forgrave, communications director with the Iowa Association of School Boards, attended an assembly at FDSH June 4 in order to present FDSH teacher, Scott Kehrberg, with a grant in the amount of $8,500.

"I was thrilled to know Fort Dodge was selected," Kehrberg said.

The money will be used to further instruction in Kehrberg's computer programming class.

Phillips said Qwest and the IASB have partnered for the past four years to award grants to schools and teachers who use innovative technology in the classroom.

"The purpose is to draw more creative technology and instruction into the classrooms," he said.

"We had more than 150 people apply, but we thought Fort Dodge's program was a really unique one," said Forgrave. "We were very excited about some of the programs at Fort Dodge."

Kehrberg spent the majority of his spring break in March writing the grant proposal for his class, which teaches students to create and troubleshoot real programs and applications that can be used on the Apple iPad, iPod and iPhone.

Part of the grant money will pay for Kehrberg to travel to San Francisco, Calif. this week to spend five days with Apple computer engineers at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

He said he hopes to bring back new ideas from Apple to use in the classroom during the next school year.

"I hope to pick up additional techniques that I can incorporate in the classroom and enhance the class next year," Kehrberg said. "The students will be moving into advanced computer programming next year and will be able to create their own applications."

The rest of the money will be used to purchase more Apple computers and equipment to be used in the class.

"Qwest has really stepped up to make this possible," said Kehrberg. "I believe Fort Dodge Senior High is probably one of the only high schools in the nation where students can take a class to write applications that can be used on iPods and iPads."

"The whole purpose is to get more students working with technology," Forgrave said of the grant.

Other schools in Iowa awarded grants were Boone, Northeast-Goose Lake, Independence and Cedar Falls.

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