This year's eighth grade students and teachers at SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District) will be reaping the benefits of a major technological shift that will change the educational outlook of the entire district.
Their very own Apple iPad.

The announcement, according to Mike Marlett — the district's Educational Technology Director, opens the door to SISD's 21st Century Digital Learning Initiative. And in order to fully utilize their iPads, SISD will be installing a commercial WiFi network for the entire SMS (Sweetwater Middle School) campus, another huge new addition to the district.

"This program will be the beginning of an unprecedented amount of access to digital resources for Sweetwater students," said Marlett. "Students will be able to access the latest digital content to supplement teacher course work from anywhere on the campus."
Over the past year, the SISD Leadership Team has taken on the challenge given by Superintendent Terry Pittman in studying 21st century education methods — through research and teacher feedback — to determine the best way for students to learn and succeed in their studies.

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