LRSD students and teachers partnering with tech companies for middle school program

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Students in the Little Rock School District spent a part of their Saturday getting to know some new high tech learning equipment.

The Little Rock School District has partnered with Verizon Innovate Learning and Digital Promise to provide the new tech for students.

A training session was held Saturday morning at Mann Middle School.

Student teams from Mann, Cloverdale, and Mabelvale Middle School attended.

The national program aims to equip students and teacher at select middle schools across the country with devices and up to a four-year data plan.

Fifty‑two middle schools from 15 districts across the country will join the Verizon Innovative Learning schools network in the 2019‑20 School year. 

The partnership is made possible by a $48 million grant from the Verizon Foundation.

Since 2014 the initiative has reached more than 86,000 students and nearly 6,000 teachers across 100 middle schools in 18 states and Washington, D.C.

The 52 new schools joining the program next school year will bring the total to 152 middle schools nationwide.

In addition to free mobile devices and accompanying 4G LTE data plans, participating schools receive a subsidy towards a full‑time technology coach to support teachers with effectively integrating technology into learning.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Verizon to provide this amazing opportunity for each and every student in these schools,” said Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise.

“Our mission at Digital Promise is to close the Digital Learning Gap, and supporting the access provided by the initiative helps to bridge the homework gap that occurs when students don’t have the same access at home that they have in the classroom.”

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