Federal program to connect kids to the internet helping Oklahoma students

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A local school is taking part in a federal grant program that is expected to play a crucial role in classrooms.

Teachers at Arthur Elementary School are going to get iPad Minis and MacBook Air laptops as part of the Apple Connect Ed program.

Principal Rhonda Schroeder says her staff at Arthur Elementary has put in a lot of work to make this happen.

“This is not an initiative where you drop off an iPad and say,'Go have fun.' We have spent the last year working on mission, vision and putting together a board,” said Schroeder.

Arthur Elementary is the only school in the state to receive the grant. It’s part of President Obama’s Connect Ed program, which focuses on connecting 99 percent of American students to high-speed Internet.

“It will be like Christmas in July around here. Teachers will get iPad Mini 3s, MacBook Airs, Apple TV’s in their classroom, new projection screens. Students will get the iPad Air. Every student pre-k thru 6th grade will get one," she said.

Students will also be able to take their devices home.

“We believe the capacity for learning needs to be accessible 24/7,” she said.

Schroeder says that’s a crucial part of learning in the digital age.

“The age of instant information and being able to look up information, those are things we are looking to equip students to be able to do,” she said.

Students will get their devices in October.

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