LOS ANGELES (June 27, 2014) – The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Common Core Technology Project won a Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award for using technology to advance digital curriculum and content.
The Center for Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute, specializes in k-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. In the honors announced Wednesday, L.A. Unified was recognized in the category of large school districts.
The citation reads, the “Common Core Technology Project aims to provide all 600,000+ students with a device preloaded with digital content aligned to the Common Core State Standards. So far, 76,000 devices have been deployed and thousands of teachers trained in their use and accompanying content. Currently, digital curriculum in mathematics and English Language Arts is interactive and technology-enhanced. A substantial investment to increase the District’s infrastructure was made to enable the use of a massive mobile device management system, which is deploying applications to all District devices. A comprehensive security strategy allows the District to track and recover devices that are lost or stolen.”
After learning of the honor, Gerardo Loera, L.A. Unified’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, said, “The District is providing Common Core aligned 21st century tools, along with professional development for teachers to enhance instruction and learning. When students are more engaged, for example with the interactive aspects, academic achievement rises.”
Bernadette Lucas, director of the Common Core Technology Project, said, “We are extremely proud of this award because it recognizes the amazing work being done at schools and by the project staff. This award truly belongs to the students, teachers, administrators and parents.”
The award will be presented on Monday, June 30, at the 2014 conference of the International Society for Technology in Education in Atlanta.
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