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Austin Middle School – Irving ISD

Austin Middle School – Irving ISD
  • MEDIA ADVISORY
    DATE: Thursday, February 13
    WHO: On Thursday, February 13, Irving Independent School District and
    Verizon will unveil the Verizon Innovative Learning lab at
    Austin Middle School with a ribbon-cutting celebration and
    remarks from officials.
    WHAT: The lab gives students and teachers access to emerging-
    technology such as Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR),
    Coding & Circuits, 3D Printing & Artificial Intelligence (AI).
    As part of Verizon’s focus on digital inclusion, Verizon Innovative
    Learning provides free technology, free internet access and
    hands-on learning experiences to help under-resourced students
    receive the education they deserve and prepare for today’s digital
    economy. Powered by a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum
    that aims to fundamentally change the way teachers teach and
    students learn, Verizon Innovative Learning is giving students the
    opportunity to do more. In partnership with non-profit partner Heart
    of America, who works with the school and district teams to
    construct the state of the art space, and Arizona State University,
    who provides an immersive curriculum and training for the
    teachers, the space is home to the latest technologies.
    Demos include 3-D printing, robotics, virtual reality, augmented
    reality and circuitry.
    WHERE: Austin Middle School
    825 E. Union Bower Road
    Irving, TX, 75061
    WHEN: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    BACKGROUND: As a Verizon Innovative Learning school, students and teachers
    are equipped with tablets, up to four years of data, and a
    technology-infused curriculum. The market value of Verizon’s
    investment in the Verizon Innovative Learning program is $1.8
  • million per school on average. Since 2012, Verizon Innovative
    Learning has committed a total of $400 million in education. For
    more information on Verizon Innovative Learning visit:
    http://www.VerizonInnovativeLearning.com.
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Chris Serico, Verizon
    9082278097
    christopher.serico@verizon.com
    Erika Pedroza, Irving Independent School District
    W: 9726005476
    C: 214-2139708
    epedroza@irvingisd.net
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    About Verizon Innovative Learning
    Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education initiative targeting Title 1 middle schools, addresses barriers to
    digital inclusion. The program provides free 1:1 devices, free internet access and a technology-driven curriculum with
    the goal to transform the learning experience. Through exposure to cutting-edge technology, the program enables
    students to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to build an innovative workforce of the future.
    Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed a total of $400 million in STEM education efforts in support
    of digital inclusion. In 2019, Verizon launched its first 5G-enabled Verizon Innovative Learning classroom, with the
    goal of 100 by 2021. For more information visit Verizon.com/Responsibility or find us on Facebook, Instagram or
    Twitter.

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