Christmas came early for Zavala Elementary teachers as they unwrapped their brand new devices as part of the Apple ConnectED grant on Tuesday. The school was selected last fall as one of the 114 schools nationwide to receive the award.
Apple representatives and district administrators were present to celebrate the delivery of brand new MacBook Air laptops and iPad Minis for all teachers and campus administrators.
“We are grateful for the partnership that we have with Apple, as this project will allow us to enhance the learning experience for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “I am very proud of the teachers and staff at Zavala Elementary. Their level of commitment is beyond measure, and they have put our great district on the map once again.”
An Apple Education team will assist the school, working closely with leadership to make sure that technical and educational needs are considered and their strategies are executed successfully. Zavala teachers will work with an Apple professional development specialist to ensure that they are prepared to integrate technology into their curriculum.
The next phase of the grant will equip the campus with an iPad for every student and an Apple TV for each classroom.
In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.
Apple joined the ConnectED initiative by committing $100 million in iPads, MacBooks, and other products, along with content and professional development tools to enrich learning in disadvantaged U.S. schools.