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Carter Middle Hosts Technology Deployment Night

Carter Middle School recently hosted its technology deployment night for parents and students as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program directed by Digital Promise, which was announced earlier in the school year. Through this program, both Carter Middle School and Bearden Middle School will create innovative learning environments powered by mobile technology. Students are receiving “always available” Internet access and personal tablet devices to use for learning in the classroom and at home, and teachers are provided personalized professional learning opportunities, including participation in a national community of practice.

Earlier in August, Verizon announced the donation of tablets and 2-year, 5-gb/month data plans to Digital Promise. Digital Promise is providing them to 13 schools in six districts across the United States for the 2015-2016 school year. Together with the eight schools in four districts that started the program in 2014, the total served through this program is 21 schools in 11 districts for the 2015-2016 school year.

The schools selected by Digital Promise for this program, which include Carter Middle School and Bearden Middle School, are an expansion of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program, launched in 2012 in partnership with the International Society for Technical Education (ISTE), has worked with 24 elementary, middle and high schools, 229 teachers and 11,500 students across the country. An ISTE-supported evaluation revealed that the program’s results are promising: In each of the past two school years, students at participating schools made stronger gains in mathematics and science than students at comparison schools.
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