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iSchool Campus Launches at Dixon Middle School

Sarah Cutler

December 10, 2012

Dixon Middle School in Provo received an Apple iPad for every student and teacher, complete wireless infrastructure, flat screen TVs with device mirroring technology, MacBook computers in every class room, internet security, software, and professional development for teachers, administrators and school technology officers as part of the Smart School Technology Program.

Community representatives, local school administrators and iSchool Campus representatives gathered at the middle school on Friday to launch the program. Dixon is the third of three Utah public schools selected to participate in the pilot program.

Speaking to an assembly of students, Dixon Middle School Principal Jarod Sites said, “Each of you live in what we refer to as a digital world, and in the education system, it’s our job and responsibility to prepare you to live in that world.”

iSchool Campus was created by the Utah Legislature to ensure that the upcoming generation is educated and properly prepared to enter the workforce, when the time comes. Quality education is an integral part of Utah maintaining a prosperous economy.

Having access to up-to-date technology reinforces and encourages students and teachers alike to learn through innovative and imaginative methods. “Nobody goes to the moon with out help,” said Chris Conabee, managing director of business services for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “And nobody’s going to get through high school with out help.”

William Nixon, chairman and CEO of iSchool Campus, said, “This is an historic occasion. Dixon Middle School is the first middle school in the entire world that will be a certified Smart School.”

The Smart School Technology Program schools were selected through an optional application process. The three schools selected were chosen from more than 40 applications. Along with Dixon Middle School is Gunnison Valley Elementary School in San Pete County and North Sevier High School in Sevier County.

iSchool operates in nine states, including Utah, Nevada and Colorado, and has plans to expand into international markets. Currently in its second year as a company, iSchool partnered with Apple to provide technology for the program.

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