Take Two for October 9, 2013

LA schools and iPads: Big promises but where's the research?

iPads in Schools

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Students use iPads for instruction at Komienza Community Prep in Huntington Park.

iPads in Schools

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KIPP Comienza Community Prep elementary school in Huntington Park used donations two years ago to buy enough portable devices for about a third of its more than 300 students.

iPads in Schools

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Students use iPads and Chromebooks for instruction at Komienza Community Prep in Huntington Park.

iPads in Schools

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Second graderer Emiliano C. plays an educational game on an iPad at Komienza Community Prep in Huntington Park.

iPads in Schools

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Students use iPads for instruction at Komienza Community Prep in Huntington Park.

iPads in Schools

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Second graders Mark G. and Brandon C. play educational games on iPads at a charter school in Huntington Park.

iPads in Schools

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Komienza Community Prep in Huntington Park rotates Chromebooks and iPads between groups of students so everyone gets a turn.

iPads in Schools

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Second graders Lalia G., Ericka B. and Elisha G. use iPads for instruction at Komienza Community Prep in Huntington Park.

iPads in Schools

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Second grader Aiden C listens to his teacher at the end of iPad instruction time at Komienza Community Prep in Huntington Park.

iPads in Schools

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Second grader Ramiro V. plays a math game on an iPads at Komienza Community Prep in Huntington Park.


LA Unified's nascent iPad project has hit several roadblocks.

There was an outcry when the district learned it would have to spend an extra $38-million on keyboards.  Then, students quickly bypassed Internet security measures.  Administrators decided to pull iPads from several classrooms, and some devices are missing.  

Then, there's the bigger debate on whether they will fulfill their main job: actually helping students learn. KPCC's Annie Gilbertson has more on the research.


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