FATE is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote the skilled and intelligent use of education technology by educators and learners through targeted demonstration, funding and community networking in the Greater Philadelphia area. FATE seeks broad public support in funding as well as program development and execution. Consistent with the mission of the organization, our underlying philosophy is to provide targeted services to educators and learners by identifying excellent technology and connecting it to schools and programs where it can do the most good. We fulfill this mission by constantly seeking out and evaluating advances in education technology and providing training, support and some funding to schools and programs to implement the most appropriate technology for their needs.
It all started with an infant and an iPad.
About two weeks after the product’s launch, FATE Executive Director and co-founder Kelly Affannato Ohlert purchased an Apple iPad tablet PC. Kelly enjoyed playing with her new toy. It wasn’t long until she noticed that her daughter seemed to like it too. It was bright and it made noise, and at age six months, that was more or less baby heaven. Kelly decided to see if there were any apps for babies. She found several simple ABC, color, shape and number apps aimed at children aged 3 and older. Playing these games for her daughter soon became playing these games with her daughter. By the time this little girl was sixteen months old, she could say and recognize each letter and its phoneme, count to five, identify every number from zero to ten, distinguish and identify her primary and secondary colors, and identify simple and complex shapes.
Kelly’s background in psychology and education helped her to realize that something dramatic had happened here from an educational and developmental perspective. At the same time, Wharton and Temple Law School alum Joanne Sherman Deutchman was looking to start a non-profit, but she hadn’t yet found the right idea to bring to life. Thus their partnership was formed and FATE was born. Working together, the Foundation for the Advancement of Technology in Education is sure to change the fate of education in Philadelphia.