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District Touts Success of iPads Tonight on KLCS

Chase Niesner | November 21, 2013

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KLCSAgainst a backdrop of “Let them eat iPads” from UTLA demonstrators and headlines like “The LA schools’ iPad adventure keeps getting worse,” it’s not surprising that LA Unified is seeking to offset what board member Tamar Galatzan calls a “blizzard of negative stories.”

At 6 o’clock tonight on KLCS, the district is airing an hour-long iPad special, part of the “Technology in the Classroom” series sponsored by the Common Core Technology Project and featuring students with special needs from the Chavez Arts, Theater, Entertainment School. The District is encouraging viewers to call, email, or tweet questions before and during the live telecast.

“The series is part of our ongoing communications efforts to show how iPads can offer a richer educational experience,” district spokeswoman Shannon Haber told LA School Report. “It helps to let people into the classroom and to see how exactly students are using these devices.”

The show follows yet another sobering iPad development: The district Bond Oversight Committee yesterday approved the board’s request to expand the technology program to 45 more schools, but rejected plans to spend $90 million on tablets for every district principal and teacher.

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