Technology Enhanced Learning

Strong learners are strong leaders.

As a school community, our teachers are equipped to provide a robust learning environment that fosters academic growth and leadership opportunities. Students are given the tools to develop the necessary skill set to form their unique identity and gain a deeper understanding of the physical and digital world in which we live. Our students are empowered to think critically, communicate ideas creatively and persevere with a growth mindset. Gator Strong is who we are!

99% of parents feel Old River prepares their children with 21st century skills.

– LCAP Survey

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Strong Learners

Our students take an active role in their learning by leveraging the use of Apple technologies to achieve their learning goals.

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Strong Leaders

We are driven to continually strengthen, evolve and engage in our quest to be our best selves by encouraging, motivating and inspiring each other.

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Strong Communicators

Through our commitment to providing students with a voice and choice, our students learn to communicate, connect and express themselves clearly for multiple purposes using a variety of tech tools to meet their goals.


1:1 iPad Program

21st Century learning

21st Century Learning

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Tech Squad

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Innovation Lab

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ISTE & Apple
Certified Teachers

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Apple Distinguished School

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An Apple Distinguished School

Old River was selected as an Apple Distinguished School for its unique and innovative implementation of Apple technologies that foster tech-rich environments that ultimately enhance students’ learning opportunities. Only 31 schools in California have been selected for this distinguished award. Learn more about the award.

“We believe in providing robust opportunities for our students to think deeply and creatively, allowing them to have voice and choice while utilizing an iPad as a tool for learning across all content areas. We are committed to providing a learning environment where our students are engaged, challenged and are on a continuous path toward innovation. ”

– Jennifer Robbins, Director of Elementary Education 

Tech Squad

Our Gator Tech Squad is a team of student digital leaders who promote creativity and inspire and teach our staff and students strategies for communicating ideas using a variety of tools. In the spirit of innovation, Gator Tech Squad’s roles continue to grow, as they create entertaining videos for Gator TV, connect with the community as Tech Squad Buddies to the feeder schools and create challenges and tutorials for their peers to use.

Innovation Lab

Old River’s Innovation Lab is a place where creativity is powered by technology. The purpose of our Innovation Lab is to provide a space where students can create, explore, investigate, and build. These spaces have been designed to spark curiosity and inspire our students to engage in learning opportunities built around STEAM. Regular lab visits help students further develop the 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

Learning opportunities our Innovation Labs include robotics, coding, computer programming, engineering design, Lego-design wall activities, broadcasting, creating music, and engineering and design utilizing 3D printing. Students are involved in inquiry and problem-solving based on relevant and engaging topics. Our fun and colorful Innovation Lab is a place to think outside the box and give our students voice and choice and enhance their learning!

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Forging Responsible & Aware Digital Citizens

We cannot properly prep our students for the future without lessons in digital citizenship. It is vital in the world we live in today. At Downey Unified, we teach our students how their words online have real-world effects and the permanence of their digital footprint, along with key online safety skills.

Be a Good Citizen

  • Be safe on and offline
  • Help protect “safe spaces”
  • Posts must be directly related to course
  • Only participate in meetings/chat rooms related to your classes and set up by your teachers

Be Trustworthy

  • Be honest
  • Use school appropriate and scholarly language
  • Use the chat feature to post questions/respond

Be Responsible

  • Prioritize time appropriately
  • Own your words and actions
  • Treat your device/equipment with care

Be Fair

  • Be inclusive
  • Allow others to share their views

Be Respectful

  • Think before you post, speak or act
  • Act and speak as if you were talking to your teacher or peer face to face
  • Respect classmates and teachers

Be Caring

  • Be patient with each other
  • Help those in need
  • Ask for help when needed

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