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Posted March 8, 2013

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Van Buren MS Receives iPads from Lumidigm

Company helps out with gift of technology as school transitions to Discovery Ed program.

Van Buren students work with the new iPads from Lumidigm.

Students weren’t shy about checking out the 23 new iPads presented to Van Buren Middle School recently.

The new equipment came as a gift from Albuquerque-based Lumidigm. Teachers will be able to sign the iPads out from the school’s media center for use with their Discovery Education lessons. The Discovery program uses online “tech books” that can be continually updated for science and social studies lessons, rather than traditional, printed textbooks that become outdated every few years.

Lumidigm CEO Mark Shermetaro said that as the company has grown, he asked his staff to develop a community support plan that involves giving back to education. He said Van Buren was a good fit for one of Lumidigm’s first gifts.

“The technology is there to help the teachers, and the teachers can use it as a tool to help students be successful,” Shermetaro said. “We look forward to hearing about how this helps Van Buren.”

Van Buren’s technology teacher Loren Nichols said the gift is greatly appreciated by the school, and they will continue to build their relationship with Lumidigm.

“This is a new opportunity for students to work with new technology that wouldn’t be there otherwise,” Nichols said.

Lumidigm designs and sells biometric authentication products and solutions. Headquartered in Albuquerque, the company also has offices in California, Florida and India.

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