L.A. Unified Helps Public Continue to Learn About Technology Project

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 4, 2013) – The Los Angeles Unified School District unveiled this week several new tools that allow anyone to follow a project aimed at providing every student with a computing tablet.

District officials hope their effort leads to a better understanding of the largest project of its kind in U.S. history by far. More than 1,000 schools will be rewired with new technology. If the Board of Education approves a District-wide rollout, students will receive a tablet device that helps prepare them for college and career success.

Promising to transform education in the nation’s second-largest school district, which stretches across an area more than twice the size of New York City, the project has generated broad interest.

“We believe that everyone has a right to know how the rollout is progressing,” said Superintendent John Deasy. “We will communicate with the public in ways that make it easy for them to stay informed.”

Anyone interested in the project can learn more by:
  • Watching a call-in show, “Technology in the Classroom,” that appears on KLCS, the district’s public television station. Viewers can pose questions by sending emails or tweets, posting on Facebook or calling 1-800-527-8839. District officials, in turn, will provide answers during the live show.
  • Reading a website, enriched with new content, that serves as a hub for the project. It contains news and videos that details the initial rollout. A fact sheet, a timeline, a budget and more specifics point out how the program works.
  • Subscribing to a newsletter filled with stories that chronicle the program’s progress to date. Those who sign up on the District’s website receive the monthly publication by email.
  • Viewing a series of video announcements also posted on the District’s website. These explain how the program will transform education. More videos soon will describe how to keep the device safe, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
“Our effort will provide timely, accurate information for anyone who wants to know more about the project,” said Bernadette Lucas, director, Common Core Technology Project.
“This program, linked to the new Common Core standards, already has begun making a difference for students. We want to share that story with the public.”

That unfolding story includes a key reason for pursuing this project: the Common Core State Standards. These are a rigorous set of learning goals, with computer-adaptive assessments to match. Nearly every state has adopted them for kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The District’s project enhances education. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to access engaging, interactive lessons that help students prepare for the 21st century as critical thinkers, who are creative, collaborative and strong communicators.

Questions can be posed during the televised broadcast by calling 1-800-527-8839, or at any time through Twitter, Facebook or email.

Pictured: A student recently received his computing tablet at 54th Street Elementary School in
Los Angeles.

Contact: Tom Waldman 213-241-6766

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