Rollout is an exciting time for the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools community, as students receive their devices for the school year. Rollout marks the beginning of a journey for the 52 Cohort 6 schools who will be able to embark on new learning opportunities that are not possible without technology.
The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools initiative—made possible by a partnership between Digital Promise and Verizon—works to bridge the Digital Learning Gap by equipping every student and teacher at 152 middle schools across the country with devices and up to a four-year data plan. In addition to technology and access, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools receive extensive teacher training, support, and the opportunity to engage in a unique, immersive curriculum to leverage technology in their classrooms.
Students at H.B. Lee Middle School in Portland, Oregon, were thrilled to receive their iPads this fall, and the school’s teachers can envision how the devices will change the way their students learn.
“That’s what this technology is going to help us do—help them, prepare them for the world that they live in,” said language arts and social studies teacher Valerie Snyder. “The fact that we were given the opportunity to be part of this is amazing.”
The technology will “give [students] that hunger, that thirst to really pique their interest in things that they’ve never thought possible,” added science teacher Jim Anderson.
Watch the video below to see how H.B. Lee celebrated rollout. To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, visit verizon.digitalpromise.org.