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A day after LAUSD handed out iPads to kids at two of its campuses, the school board's Technology Committee started its own deep dive into the program that will put a tablet computer in the hands of every student by this time next year.
"I can't reiterate enough about the excitement in the field about improved instruction," said
Although the technology project has been in the works for years and the district's iPad purchase has made the national news, committee members had a lot of questions on the basics of the plan: Is there a cost to students? What happens if the device is damaged, lost or stolen? And just how does it fit in to what teachers do in the classroom?
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Even more important, Loera said, is how iPads will help LAUSD implement the Common Core curriculum standards being introduced in 2014 and prepare students for college or careers.
"This is led by instruction, but it's powered by technology," Chandler said. "It's about the magic in the classroom."
The iPads come preloaded with instructional software that teachers can use as tools in devising their lesson plans. The software is the main reason the cost of each iPad comes in at
The Technology Committee is one of several ad hoc panels organized by board President
Ratliff took detailed notes, pausing frequently to summarize issues and assigning Chandler and Loera lists of information she'd like to discuss in September. She also wants the public to weigh in with questions, which can be emailed to email@example.com.
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