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iPad rollout provides students, parents anytime Internet access


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  • Veronica Sanchez/Cartwright School District

All 5th-8th Graders At Frank Borman School In Phoenix Will Be Receiving IPads They Can Use For Homework Thanks To A Grant Secured By The Cartwright School District Through Verizon And Digital Promise. Student Storytelling Teams Will Be Capturing The Video And Interviewing Parents And Students At The Rollout – And For The Next Two Years Inside Borman Classrooms. Photo Courtesy Of Cartwright School District

All 5th-8th graders at Frank Borman School in Phoenix will be receiving iPads they can use for homework. Their parents will also be able to use them at home.

The rollout is this Thursday, September 15, 2016 between 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Borman is located at 3637 N. 55th Avenue in Phoenix.

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All 5th-8th graders at Frank Borman School in Phoenix will be receiving iPads they can use for homework thanks to a grant secured by the Cartwright School District through Verizon and Digital Promise. Student storytelling teams will be capturing the video and interviewing parents and students at the rollout – and for the next two years inside Borman classrooms. Photo courtesy of Cartwright School District

The initiative is part of a grant secured by the Cartwright School District through Verizon and Digital Promise.  The program goes to underserved districts and communities where parents don’t often have access to the internet easily.

Many Cartwright families rely on the public library or their smart phones for internet access.

Students from Borman will be handing out the iPads during the rollout and walking parents and students through the sign up process. The children will also get to use their iPads on site to create digital posters about what their futures will look like when it comes to education, community and career.

The goal is to use the iPads to leverage technology and to have students tell their own stories, stories that come out of Cartwright classrooms. Student storytelling teams will be capturing the video and interviewing parents and students at the rollout – and for the next two years inside Borman classrooms.

“If students do not tell their own stories, someone else will and sometimes those stories aren’t positive and don’t reflect the good work students do every day in class to succeed,” said Cartwright Director Of Communications, Veronica Sanchez. She will be teaching the storytellers how to videotape and interview people in order to leverage storytelling and technology.

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Students at Frank Borman School in Phoenix using the new iPads they received as part of a grant from Verizon and Digital Promise. Photo courtesy of Cartwright School District

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Jacob A. Chavez. “We have been pushing to bring technology to all of our schools and this initiative will support our goal of giving our students a world-class education. Their parents will be able to use the iPads at home for everything including filling out job applications and checking and using email. It’s incredible.”

C.W. Harris, another K-8 school in the Cartwright School District, was also awarded the grant. That school’s rollout is scheduled for late October.

The Cartwright Elementary School District No.83, located in the West Valley, serves more than 19,000 students in 20 elementary schools.  Cartwright School District is a community of learners with a focus on results collaborating to the unique learning needs of every child by closing the achievement gap and exceeding state and national standards.

Learning for All, Every Child, Every School, Every Day.  For more information, visit the district’s website, www.csd83.org.

For more information, please contact Veronica Sanchez, Director Of Communications, at 623-691-4003 or
Katie Francis, Communications Coordinator at (623) 691-4031.