Verizon’s Innovative Learning Initiative is providing 3,300 new iPads to students at Argyle, Forest Oak and Neelsville middle schools. The partnership is also providing free internet access for students, as well as technology-infused teacher training. Watch a video from the event.
The market value of the Verizon Innovative Learning program’s donation in Montgomery County is $5.4 million. Argyle, Forest Oak and Neelsville are among 52 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning for the 2019-2020 school year, bringing the program to 152 middle schools nationwide.
Since 2012, the Verizon Innovative Learning program has committed $400 million to support education. More information is available here.
High School Nation Hosts Concert, Donates Music Equipment to Watkins Mill
High School Nation held a concert at Watkins Mill High School on October 7. High School Nation travels across the country putting on music festivals for high school students; the goal is to encourage students to get involved in arts programs in high schools: theater, music and dance. Five musical acts performed; students and staff also got to sample musical instruments and music technology to spark interest in those programs. There were giveaways from concert sponsors. Some students also participated in a Q&A session with a DJ, musical artists, dancers, videographers and event promoters. They asked questions about future careers in the entertainment industry. The company also sent new music equipment to the school for its theater and music programs. The equipment included an iMac, monitors, instrument mics, guitar, drums, keyboards and software.
Teachers Honored by Former Students
Two MCPS teachers have been selected to receive Outstanding Educator Awards from the University of Chicago—Jerry Nava, resource teacher at Damascus High School, and Jeremy Schwartz, teacher at Montgomery Blair High School. The award has existed for more than three decades. Nava and Schwartz were nominated by first-year students who influenced and challenged them.