Apple 1 to 1 Laptop Learning Program Launched in Rowland Unified
21st Century Learning Begins This Week
Two K-8 schools in Rowland Unified -- Oswalt Academy and Ybarra Academy of the Arts and Technology -- have launched a visionary technology initiative that will change the way students learn, prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in a global society, and ensure equal technology access to all students – regardless of economic background. The Laptop Learning Program provides students and teachers with around-the-clock use of an Apple notebook computer and access to software and educational tools, where learning can take place 24/7.
This is the first Apple Laptop Learning Program in the
This week will be the first week of instruction for 5th and 6th grade students at
“This program has caused such an enthusiastic response from our teachers, students and parents,” said Ybarra Principal Annette Ramirez. “To see the faces of our students at the Roll-Out nights when they received their computers – and see entire families joined together in learning – this will truly transform our school.”
Research has shown students who participate in a 1 to 1 laptop program are more involved in learning activities, spend more time working on schoolwork at home, delve more deeply into learning topics, have improved attendance and fewer behavior problems.
Both Oswalt and Ybarra Academies have recently expanded to become K-8 schools and are also in the process of becoming International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) Schools. There are only 100 PYP schools in the U.S. The program focuses on the development of the whole child as a learner that utilizes an inquiry approach and develops international-minded students, engages students to be critical thinkers, risk takers, problem-solvers, and caring individuals who are community service minded. Foreign Language is also a component of the program.
“The Laptop Learning Program goes hand-in-hand with being a
Stanley G. Oswalt Academy is located at
Ybarra Academy of the Arts and Technology is located at