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Southwest Elementary School Becomes First South Phoenix Apple School

This week, more than 500 students at Southwest Elementary School will receive new Apple iPads — establishing the campus as the first Apple school in the Roosevelt School District No. 66 (RSD No. 66) in South Phoenix.

“It’s extremely exciting to provide our students 21st-Century digital learning tools,” said Southwest Principal Juan Sierra. “Our students are technology natives and we’re creating a campus and district-wide digital culture to reflect the world they live in.”

Beginning this week, every student that attends Southwest School will receive an iPad. Instruction will be designed around their new devices, allowing teachers and instructional teams to enhance project-based learning (PBL) while maximizing active-learning techniques. This is the goal for all RSD No. 66 campuses district-wide.

“Technology enables students to access the global community and broaden their cultural and socio-emotional experiences,” said Superintendent Dr. Dino Coronado. “This is the foundation of a 21st-century community of learners — a goal we strive for.”

With the ability of students, parents and teachers to have access to use these devices at school and at home, the emphasis of the first year of implementation will be on ensuring proper use of the new Apple technology while integrating the core-content area.

“It was obvious from the moment that teachers started looking at these collaborative programs, that instruction and lesson delivery was going to be substantially different,” Sierra said. “Staff has been training on these devices since December to be able to start instruction on iPads this week. We’re Focusing on engagement and differentiation.”

The iPads will be loaded grade-specific applications, allowing students to access content at their personal academic levels.

Since August, RSD No. 66 has reallocated its technology throughout the district with the goal of reaching its one-to-one learning goal. This initiative — a priority of the recently voter-approved bond — will ensure all RSD No. 66 students have access to an individual computer or tablet.

Greenfield, Kennedy and Pastor Schools will soon join Southwest in becoming 100 percent Apple technology schools.

Southwest Becomes First South Phoenix Apple School Southwest Becomes First South Phoenix Apple School

Southwest Becomes First South Phoenix Apple School Southwest Becomes First South Phoenix Apple School

Southwest Becomes First South Phoenix Apple School Southwest Becomes First South Phoenix Apple School