WHO: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce the unveiling of the first Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) Lab in the District, made possible through a partnership with Verizon, Heart of America and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University.
WHAT: Verizon created a state-of-the-art, innovative learning lab for students to create and build the future. The new VIL lab gives students and teachers access to emerging technology such as Augmented and Virtual Reality Coding, 3D Printing & Artificial Intelligence. As part of Verizon’s commitment to digital inclusion under Citizen Verizon – the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement – VIL lab provides free technology, free internet access and hands-on learning experiences to help under-resourced students receive the education they deserve and prepare them for today’s digital economy. Powered by a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum that aims to fundamentally change the way teachers teach and students learn, VIL lab gives students the opportunity to do more. The new VIL lab enables hands-on experience for students with emerging technologies thanks to Heart of America, a non-profit partner that lead the transformation of the state-of-the-art space, and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University, who provides an immersive curriculum and training for the teachers.
WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 10 a.m.
WHERE: Glades Middle School | 16700 S.W. 48th Court, Miramar, FL 33027
WHY: “So many students across the nation lack the access to technology and resources they need to be successful in Today’s digital world,” said Merdochey LaFrance, Government Affairs, Verizon. “On behalf of Verizon, we are excited to enable students at Glades Middle School in Broward County Schools with this multi-year initiative that integrates emerging technology with an online, project-based curriculum along with real-world problem solving in a custom- designed, experiential learning lab,” said Giovanni Castro, Government Affairs Verizon.
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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is
Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241
schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different
countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at
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About Verizon Innovative Learning
Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s award-winning education initiative, addresses barriers to digital inclusion and is a key program under Citizen
Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. Since 2012, the program has provided free
technology, access and innovative learning programs to under-resourced schools, enabling students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence
needed to build an innovative workforce of the future. In 2021, Verizon launched Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, a next-gen online education portal
that provides free access to immersive XR educational experiences to all educators, including K-12 teachers, nationwide. The company is committed
to providing 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030. Learn more at CitizenVerizon.com.