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Arthur Elementary School

OKLAHOMA CITY – A local school that is taking part in a federal grant program is now equipped to push the envelope of learning through technology.

Through the ConnectED grant, all 715 students at Arthur Elementary School were given access to iPads.

“I feel excited, and I can’t wait to study with it,” said 5th grader Joselyn Garcia.  “I think it will help me learn and achieve to getting better grades.”

Arthur Elementary is the only school in the state, and just one of 114 schools nation-wide to receive the grant. It’s part of President Obama’s ConnectEd program, which focuses on connecting 99 percent of American students to high-speed Internet.

“The ConnectEd Initiative will transform the way students learn by getting valuable technology into the hands of every student and teacher,” said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. “I applaud the staff at Arthur Elementary for taking the initiative to apply for such an incredible grant.”

At the beginning of the school year, each teacher at the school also received a MacBook, Apple TV, and an iPad so they could adjust to using the technology in their classroom.

Teachers say the devices are a huge help in the classroom.

“I’m going to be more effective.  The teachers already have the new technology and it has helped me a lot by saving time with lesson planning, introducing new concepts, and using more technology,” teacher Angela Martinez said. “The students are advancing faster and learning more with the use of this technology.”

Apple is providing teachers with comprehensive training on effective ways to implement technology in the classroom.

“This is a huge first step in getting better technology into the classroom for all of our teachers, and students,” said Oklahoma City Superintendent Rob Neu. “Apple has established a lofty benchmark, and is an example of a great corporate partner willing to help.”