Rowland Unified School District

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Oswalt Academy 1:1 Apple Laptop Learning Program 5th Grade Roll Out Tonight


 WALNUT, CA – SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 – The anticipation is high as all incoming 5th graders at Stanley G. Oswalt Academy prepare to receive their new Apple Laptop computers at the Oswalt 1:1 Laptop Learning Roll Out Night tonight, Wednesday, September 4. There will be 120 Apple laptops distributed to  5th grade families from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that will provide students with access to software and educational tools for 24/7 learning. Oswalt Academy has the prestigious honor of being named as an “Apple Distinguished School” for the fourth year in a row – one of the few in the nation. Oswalt has more than 500 one-to-one laptops in grades 5-8 that are parent-funded and in use daily. The school has continued to expand its technology rich learning in grades K-4 with the use of more than 200 iPod Touches in the classrooms. Principal Kevin Despard invites the media to come see entire families connected in learning with this innovative program.

            “We continue to see remarkable results in student achievement at Oswalt Academy and this is due to our amazing teachers and how they have changed their teaching with the use of technology in the classroom,” said Oswalt Academy Principal Kevin Despard. “Teaching students the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century is a goal of our Apple 1 to 1 program and our staff has done a great job of doing so." 

            Each MacBook Air laptop computer is pre-loaded with grade level textbooks and digital authoring applications, including iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, GarageBand, iDVD, and ComicLife. Each computer also has wireless connectivity and a built-in video camera and accessibility features like text-to-voice. Teachers also have ProScopes (a hand-held microscope) for science use. The Oswalt campus has WiFi throughout the school.

            Stanley G. Oswalt Academy is part of the Rowland Unified School District and is an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School, offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP), an international curriculum designed for students aged 3 to 12. There are currently only 34 schools in the state that are authorized to offer the prestigious PYP curriculum, that focuses on developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people. Oswalt Academy is part of the Rowland Unified School District and is located at 19501 Shadow Oak Drive in Walnut.  For more information, visit  or contact Principal Kevin Despard at (626) 810-4109. 

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