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This customer success story addresses the critical issue of digital inequity in education, showcasing how the strategic implementation of technology (including VR, STEM tools, and Chromebooks) can engage students, improve academic outcomes, and ensure equitable access to digital resources for all students, particularly those previously disadvantaged by the digital divide.


Irvington Public School District has teamed up with Bluum for a remarkable journey into digital learning and 1-to-1 devices for their students. They didn’t just engage in a tech rollout; instead, they provided their students with a gateway to the far-off world.




icon-bluum-leaf-services-advisory-services-simpleThe Challenge: Bridging the Digital Divide
Transforming Irvington Schools with Bluum’s Tech Revolution


One boy using a VR headset and one boy speakingFaced with the twin challenges of dwindling student engagement and attendance, the district turned to Bluum for a revolutionary tech overhaul. This strategic partnership was about to change the face of education in Irvington, setting a new standard for academic excellence and technological integration.


Picture a group of bright, eager minds, each brimming with potential yet constrained by the bounds of their immediate environment. These are the students of Irvington, a vibrant community that, like many others, faces the challenge of underrepresentation and limited resources.


The quest was clear: How do we unlock the boundless educational opportunities of the digital age for these students and close the digital divide?


The Game-Changer



Teacher and student in a classroom on a chromebook.Enter Bluum, with its innovative solution to equip every student in the district with Chrome devices. But this was no mere distribution of technology. It was the laying down of digital pathways, connecting Irvington’s students to the vast, rich tapestry of global culture and history.


Bluum’s initiative was comprehensive, touching every aspect of the educational experience in Irvington.


Each tool and technology introduced was carefully chosen to complement the district’s forward-thinking STEAM curriculum, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.


Bluum’s Comprehensive Tech Rollout Features:

  • Virtual Reality (VR) systems
  • STEM tools
  • Provided Chromebooks for all students
  • State-of-the-art Newline Interactive Flat Panels
  • Advanced AV systems
  • Enhanced educational experiences across the district


The impact of this technological infusion was immediate and profound. Students who once viewed school attendance as a chore were now eager participants in their education, drawn by the allure of engaging, interactive lessons that leveraged the latest in educational technology.


The traditional barriers to engagement were dismantled, and replaced by a vibrant, technology-rich learning environment that captivated students’ imaginations and spurred their curiosity.



Academic Performance and Engagement


The introduction of VR and STEM tools, alongside universal access to Chromebooks, transformed the learning landscape in Irvington.


Students were no longer passive recipients of knowledge; they became active learners, exploring complex problems and collaborating on innovative solutions.


This hands-on, immersive approach led to noticeable improvements in academic performance, with students demonstrating enhanced problem-solving skills and a deeper understanding of complex concepts.


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Attendance and Participation


One of the most significant indicators of the initiative’s success was the dramatic improvement in student attendance. The engaging nature of the new tech-enhanced curriculum made students more excited about coming to school, leading to a marked increase in regular attendance.


This uptick was not just in numbers but in the spirit of participation, with students more invested in their learning journeys than ever before.


Preparing for a Tech-Driven Future


Beyond the immediate improvements in engagement and academic outcomes, having access to this new technology is helping to prepare Irvington’s students for the realities of a technology-driven world.


The skills they acquired, from digital literacy to collaborative problem-solving, equipped them for future challenges and opportunities, aligning perfectly with the academy’s commitment to STEAM education.


Why Educators Should Care


Two girls working on a chromebook in class.Imagine a classroom where the walls dissolve at the click of a button, transporting students to the foot of the Eiffel Tower or the ancient pyramids of Egypt. This is the reality for Irvington’s students, who can now explore the world’s wonders, engage with interactive learning experiences, and cultivate a global perspective, all from their Chromebooks and VR headsets.


It’s a vivid illustration of how technology, when thoughtfully implemented, can transcend geographical and socio-economic barriers, offering every student a front-row seat to the vastness of human achievement and the beauty of our planet.


This success story is a clarion call to educators everywhere. It’s a testament to the power of partnership and innovation in leveling the playing field and enriching the educational experience. By embracing technology, we can ignite the curiosity of our students, encourage their exploration, and prepare them for the interconnected world of tomorrow.


The Impact



Boy being interviewed for Irvington.Beyond the immediate excitement and engagement, the long-term implications are profound. Students are not only learning about the world but also developing critical digital literacy skills that are indispensable in the 21st century.


The initiative is fostering a culture of inclusivity, curiosity, and lifelong learning.


In a world where education is the cornerstone of progress, the Irvington Public Schools District and Bluum collaboration stands out as a beacon of what’s possible when we commit to bridging the digital divide.


This is why educators should not only care but also look to this case study as a blueprint for what can be achieved in their own schools and communities.


The Game-Changer


A teacher doing an interview.The Irvington Public School District’s partnership with Bluum stands as a testament to the power of innovative educational technology in transforming the learning experience.


Educators and administrators have shared this technology roll has enhanced student responsibility, communication skills, and overall educational quality.


As we look to the future, Irvington Public Schools’ journey underscores a pivotal truth: embracing technology in education is not just about staying current. It’s about unlocking the full potential of every student, preparing them for the complexities of the modern world, and, most importantly, reigniting the joy of learning in every classroom.





SchoolSteps_shapeAbout Irvington Public Schools


The Irvington Public School District, located in Irvington, New Jersey, is committed to providing quality education and fostering the academic and personal growth of its students.


Within this district, the Rita Owens STEAM Academy stands out as a hub for innovative learning. The academy focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines.


Rita Owens STEAM Academy aims to inspire students through hands-on experiences, collaborative projects, and cutting-edge curriculum to prepare them for success in an increasingly technology-driven world. The academy’s commitment to STEAM education reflects the district’s dedication to preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century.


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