A computer for every LA Unified student would cost $311 million
After studying technology issues for more than a year, an LA Unified task force this week offered their ideas for the district after the botched iPad debacle that was supposed to result in one computer device in every student’s hands. The price tag would be $311 million for “a 1:1 environment,” providing every student with a tablet...
By Mike Szymanski | June 17, 2016
LAUSD hunting down the last 500 missing computer devices
When 50,000 iPads, laptops and Chromebooks went out to LA Unified students last year, about 1,500 were unaccounted for. So far this year about 1,000 were recovered and district computer techs now say they expect to recover the remaining 500 devices by sometime next week. “We’ve been like Sherlock Holmes,” said Bill Wherritt, a Facilities Division...
By Mike Szymanski | September 25, 2015
Students to connect with Syrian youth; Linked Learning Showcase
* UPDATED The brutal civil war in Syria has been raging for more than four years now, and some students at View Park Preparatory Charter High School on Crenshaw Blvd. will experience it like never before when they connect virtually with Syrian refugee youth living at a Save the Children community center in Amman, Jordan. The...
By Craig Clough | April 9, 2015
LAUSD delays delivery (again) of more than 19,000 laptops
LA Unified has hit yet another snag in its attempt to get laptops into the hands of students as part of the district’s beleaguered computers-for-all plan. More than 19,000 laptops — part of the newly renamed Instructional Technology Initiative Phase 1L pilot — were scheduled to be delivered to 21 participating high schools by September....
By Vanessa Romo | January 26, 2015
Cortines names charter school chief to lead technology initiatives
LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines has invited Judy Burton, a former associate superintendent of innovation and instruction in the district, to serve as chair of what is now known as the Instructional Technology Initiative, nee the Common Core Technology Project. Cortines said Burton, founding president and CEO of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, would work with...
By LA School Report | January 15, 2015