Los Angeles News
LAUSD Spending More For iPads
By Alice Perez
Sep 6, 2013 - 9:36:16 PM

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This 2013-14 school year LAUSD launched a new revolution in classroom technology with iPads for-all 650,000 students.
LOS ANGELESThe Los Angeles Unified School District found a glitch in the iPad Project. Students will need more than a touch-screen to type on for upcoming standardized testing, which prompted the school district to upgrade the bill to an extra $28 million for keyboards.

Canyon News spoke with Terry Medina, a first grade teacher at Rivera Elementary about iPads in the classroom. "Our classes use 2 sets of iPads on a cart for a variety of subjects. Mainly grades 2-5 check them out," said Medina.

This 2013-14 school year LAUSD launched a new revolution in classroom technology with iPads for-all 650,000 students, programming  tech-savy students to maneuver everything at a touch of a finger, but that did not happen without catching a bug or two.

After much debate over the LAUSD spending approximately $500 million on iPads, some wondered why they didn’t budget for the extra $28 million on keyboards. The free-for-all tablet computers were supported by a 6-to-0 vote and funded by allocated bonds for construction and technology. "Every teacher has one iPad to log on to attendance and to use during staff meetings," said Medina.

Even with touch-screens in iPads, the district had to connect the high-priced iPads with keyboards in order for students to use them as part of “Common Core” state standardized testing.



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