Exploring new possibilities, with tablets in hand.
On this crisp September morning, Danna Moreno-Rodriguez is considering storylines for a new video game. “I want to make an adventure game,” says the sixth-grader gleefully, eyeing her brand new tablet and imagining the possibilities. Until now, Danna has only been able to explore digital animation and computer coding at school, in her computer class – but all that is about to change.
Today Danna and each middle-schooler who attends John A. Sutter Middle School in Los Angeles is being issued a free tablet with 24/7 internet access as part of Verizon Innovative Learning. The program will be transformative for Sutter students, in school and beyond.
This program is about more than just going digital; it’s about leveraging technology to improve classroom instruction and engagement. Verizon Innovative Learning trains teachers to integrate the one-to-one technology in ways that are creative, that add value, and that have been shown to improve student engagement and academic performance. All that preparation was on display on the day of the device rollout, where Sutter students were taking earth science quizzes, Jeopardy-style, in class. Others were learning to create multimedia book reports, or steering sphero balls through the school gym – their engineering teacher offering guidance and encouragement as they did.