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Lab provides next-generation learning

Rhodes Verizon labThe tech wizardry of Rhodes Middle School students was on display recently, following a ribbon-cutting for the school's new Verizon Innovative Learning Lab. Half of the campus library had been transformed into an experiential space, full of interactive learning opportunities and emerging-technology equipment. 
The lab gives students and teachers access to high-tech and creative tools such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), coding and circuits, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence (AI). The rollout of the lab and resources is expected to contribute to academic achievement, especially in critical STEM areas.
Verizon Innovative Learning is part of Verizon’s focus on digital inclusion, and the new lab at Rhodes provides free technology, free internet access, and hands-on learning experiences to prepare students for today’s digital economy.

Verizon provided the lab in partnership with Arizona State University and the nonprofit Heart of America. Arizona State University provided the immersive curriculum and teacher training, and Heart of America worked with the school and District to construct the next-gen, technology-infused space. The lab aims to change the way teachers teach and students learn, giving students the opportunity to do more.
This is the second time Rhodes Middle School has been the beneficiary of a Verizon grant. Rhodes is one of four SAISD middle schools that were named Verizon Innovative Learning Schools in 2018 to help bridge the digital divide. Through that program, the students and teachers received 1:1 tablet devices and two-year Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data plans, for 24/7 internet access – both in the classroom and at home.
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.


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